Tree roots are one of the most common causes of broken pipes and blocked drains. Large tree roots can break pipes apart, while smaller tree roots can grow within pipes, taking up space and causing blockages.
Tree root control is essential to maintaining your plumbing system and avoiding expensive repairs. If your outdoor plumbing runs nearby to tree roots, you may be at risk. Frequent blockages can be an early indicator of roots obstructing or breaking a pipe.
It’s important to have your pipe system professionally evaluated with drain camera technology to see the extent of the damage and to check whether tree root control or pipe replacement is necessary.
If your pipes have roots growing in or near them, a chemical root treatment can be easily performed, clearing your pipes and protecting them from further damage.
What is Chemical Tree Root Treatment?
Tree roots can be controlled by using a chemical foam treatment which clears pipes of fibrous root systems and ensures that they don’t continue to grow.
This treatment uses an aquatic herbicide which is non-caustic and non-fumigating. It has been classified for general use by the Environmental Protection Agency and has been used for over a decade to control aquatic weeds, with minimal impact on the environment.
The chemical root solution foams on contact with water, meaning it can reach all areas of a pipe to kill roots, inhibit their regrowth and restore normal pipe flow capacity.
The solution is used exclusively by licensed plumbers, who can complete the treatment quickly and efficiently using standard sewer maintenance equipment.
While cutting roots away from pipes is advised before starting tree root control treatment, it is not a long-term solution, as the roots will soon regrow and move towards the pipes again as a water source.
How Does It Work?
This treatment includes specific ingredients which strip away the grime on roots, allowing the chemicals to effectively penetrate root ends. Only roots within the pipe and up to a short distance away are affected, leaving trees and shrubs immediately above ground unharmed.
Unlike older chemical root control methods, newer products do not contain or leave behind harmful chemical residue such as diquat dibromide, copper sulfate or metam sodium. Instead, they are designed to target tree roots and can then be washed away, leaving a clean and unobstructed pipe.
What are the Benefits of Chemical Tree Root Control?
Tree root treatment can kill small root systems that have entered into pipes before they can grow larger and cause structural damage. Removing roots can also restore a pipe to its normal flow capacity, allowing it to have the space it needs to work properly and reducing the frequency of blockages.
Clean and open pipes which are free from roots will last longer and reduce your call-out fees for emergency blockage removal and other repairs.
Sewer pipes are particularly susceptible to damage from tree roots, as they are typically underneath trees in the front or backyard. Using an environmentally conscious chemical treatment can help to reduce damage to the local environment and improve the functionality of shared sewerage systems.
Booking Tree Root Control Treatment
Repeated drain cleaning can temporarily remove obstructions, but if your pipes have roots growing in them, it will not be a cost-effective solution. Treating your drains and pipes with a root control treatment can help to kill roots and prevent them from returning, saving you time and money.
Our chemical root treatment is rated to stop root growth for a period of 12 months from application and is also provided with a 12 month warranty.