Because tree roots and underground plumbing are in the same space, occasionally they will interfere with each other.

Here are some things you need to know about tree root intrusion, and what can be done about it.

How it happens

Tree roots are more likely to interfere with underground pipes in older neighbourhoods. The older your plumbing is, the greater the chances you've got tree roots growing into your water or sewer lines. Older pipes may have cracks or breaks that allow roots to get in.

A tree doesn't have to be nearby to be the culprit; older trees have root systems that are generally twice as large as their branch systems above ground, so you may find root intrusions from trees that are far from your home.


What are the signs of a tree root intrusion? The biggest sign is slow water drainage, especially from drains that are on lower floors or basements. If you've got a slow drain, and have already tried to remove a local blockage such as unclogging the drain, it's possible the slowdown is the result of a tree root intrusion.

What to do

If you suspect a tree root is the cause of your drainage problem, contact us. We'll check your plumbing system using a camera system designed to inspect pipes. Once we confirm it's a tree root, we'll take the necessary steps to remove the blockage.

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