We live in a beautiful city, known by its nickname ‘The Bush Capital’. When you drive into Canberra from any end of town you would hardly think there was close to four hundred thousand people living here.
As with anything, there is always some trade-offs in living in a leafy, green lush town. One of these is that trees like a drink and often they make their way into a readily available water supply, that being our sewer drains. Sewer drains, unlike stormwater drains run more frequently. Stormwater drains are primarily used when big rains come or we’ve inadvertently left the sprinkler on too long. The law of numbers and nature says a tree will be more attracted to a regular supply of water, that being your lovely sewerage system.
A lot of folk are unaware that most of the time the tree roots will get through the tinniest of holes, that being less than a thin needle pin depending on the type of tree, and grow into a great mass inside. Some more aggressive trees try to strangulate their way into the pipes sensing the moisture often through the joints between old clay pipes.
Unfortunately, there is no easy fix when it comes to drains and tree roots and the short of it is – it is more than often best to be invasive as early as possible to save you lots of inconvenience and money in the long run. The pain upfront will be mitigated by the long term benefits. You can continue to have your drains cleaned each time a blockage occurs, or spend money on the latest chemical treatments, however these are only temporary measures and will not fix the cause permanently. Quite often people are also advised to cut down a tree when they don’t know which tree it could be that is causing the issue, resulting in one less tree for the ‘bush capital’.
New PVC pipes used to replace the old clay pipes are less likely to let tree roots into their systems due to there being less joints and far superior jointing technology.
So the next time you experience a blocked drain, make sure you consider your options, but remember that some short term pain will mean less ‘Drain Pain’ in the long run.