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Removing Tree Roots From Your Drain Pipes

Are you tired of dealing with slow drains and unpleasant odours? Tree roots could be the hidden enemy lurking in your drain pipes, causing blockages and damaging your drains.

Our professional team are armed with all the equipment needed to identify and remove any root ingress into your drains. We are available 24/7 and can be onsite quickly to solve any drainage issues.

Root ingress problems

Why choose us for root ingress issues?

We have been helping people keep their drains clear across the West Midlands for over 25 years. Whether at your home or workplace, we can help remove and repair any damage caused by tree or plant roots.

Our team are equipped with advanced CCTV systems that enable our technicians to provide a thorough survey of your drains. Once the root ingress is identified, we can recommend and apply methods to get your drains cleared and repaired. Our vans carry high pressure water jetting systems, along with other tools, so we have everything we'll need to repair most drains there and then.

Get in touch

Contact our friendly and professional team via form, phone or email for any drainage issues you may have.

From blocked drains to septic tank repairs and replacements, we're here to help. We have over 25 years of experience and offer 24/7 emergency callouts.


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Fast, friendly and efficient local service. Highly recommend.

Ann Jordan

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Great service went above and beyond to try and solve our problems with broken pipes. Would definitely recommend to others.

Jan Stanley

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Brilliant - thank you for clearing those pesky blocked drains. I am thrilled. Job well done!

Sara Oliver

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They did an excellent job of fixing a drain blockage. Turned out to be a hair comb that had somehow gut flushed down the toilet.
No idea!
Will definitely use them again the next time I do something stupid.

Christopher Langdon

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    Our tree root removal services

    We offer a range of drain services to help identify and fix any issues relating to root ingress problems.

    CCTV Drain Survey

    Sometimes it isn't easy to see whether there is a root ingress problem. A professional drain survey can help identify the exact issue, where it is and what your options are to fix it.

    Before we start any root ingress repairs, we will often carry out a CCTV survey to assess the situation. Once the work is finished, we will repeat the process to give you peace of mind that the roots have been removed and any damage repaired.

    Commercial Drain services

    Commercial properties can suffer from root ingress problems. From schools to restaurants, many businesses can be affected by root intrusion into drainage systems.

    Any downtime can cause a loss of business, revenue or significantly impact the workplace. This is why we recommend a proactive approach to drain maintenance for commercial properties. If you suspect there might be a root issue, contact us straight away.

    Drain Jetting

    Using high-pressure water, drain jetting is a very effective method of clearing blocked drains, including root ingress. It blasts through debris and roots, leaving a clean and clear drain.

    Unlike some alternative methods, jetting doesn't use any harmful chemicals. This means there's no chance of chemicals leaching into the surrounding soil or environment. A safe and effective method or clearing many root ingress issues.

    Have an emergency? Or looking for a maintenance or quote? Call us today on 01386 882324

    How do tree roots invade drains?

    Roots are naturally drawn to the water and nutrients flowing through your drainage system. They can find their way into your pipes through the smallest cracks and joinings, especially in older clay pipes. Once inside, they expand and multiply, creating a complex web that obstructs the normal flow of water.

    Roots can continue to grow quietly for many years before causing noticeable problems. Regular inspections can help identify root ingress problems early, allowing you to address the issue before it leads to significant damage.

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    Your drain pipes are a prime target for invasive roots because they provide a constant supply of water and nutrients. Older drainage systems may lack the necessary seals to keep roots out effectively. Pipes made of clay and concrete are particularly vulnerable due to their porous nature.

    Underground water flow can direct roots to the weakest points in your pipes. Even the smallest cracks can provide a gateway for roots to enter and expand, causing blockages and damage over time.

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    We have an amazing team to help get your drains up and running smoothly.

    Our friendly, reliable, and expert team will always be on hand to provide you with the necessary drainage solutions. Working hard to get the job done as quickly as possible with the utmost efficiency and care, so that your life can get back to normal. There is nothing more important to us than keeping you in the loop, our engineers will keep you updated sending you reminders, and checking our visit will still be convenient to your needs.

    Common signs of roots in drains

    Bad odours or slow-draining sinks or toilets are often the first indicators of root blockage. You might notice that water drains more slowly than usual, even after using drain cleaners.

    Persistent slow drainage and strong smells are clear signs that something is blocking the flow of water in your pipes. Regular slowdowns warrant a proper inspection of your drainage system to identify and resolve the root cause.

    Ignoring slow drains can lead to bigger, more costly problems. If your sinks and toilets are consistently slow to drain, it's time to investigate the possibility of root intrusion.

    Common signs of roots in drains
    Preventing tree roots in drains

    Preventing tree roots in drains

    Regular pipe inspections are crucial for avoiding expensive repairs caused by root-related issues. Routine check-ups allow for the early identification and resolution of minor problems before they escalate.

    Preventative maintenance ensures your drainage system remains in optimal condition, saving you funds and preventing future distress. By taking a proactive approach, you can maintain the health and efficiency of your drains.

    Professional root removal

    Our expert and experienced technicians can provide quick and effective root removal. Have peace of mind, knowing that your drainage system is in capable hands. Our experience in drain repair will ensure a quality repair and long-term protection against further root invasion.

    Our team have access to advanced equipment and specialised tools for thorough root removal. These tools ensure efficient and complete blockage clearance, adhering to industry standards for safety.

    From advanced CCTV surveys to high pressure water jetting, or even full drain removal and replacement, our team are ready for all challenges.

    Drain jetting to remove roots

    Why choose Cotswold Drainage?

    Cotswold Drainage is CHAS-approved for health and safety, a member of Constructionline and has 25+ years of experience. You can trust us to maintain and unblock your drainage systems across commercial and domestic properties with minimal disruption, utilising the latest high-tech equipment as well as follow-up visits during and after your 6-month warranty.

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    What we offer.

    Here at Cotswold Drainage, our team have over 25 years’ experience and the expertise guaranteed to sort your problem quickly with minimum of fuss, leaving you more than satisfied.

    We offer a 6-month warranty, along with a free drain camera health check and a guarantee that you will receive follow-ups during and after your 6-month warranty.

    We operate a large fleet of vehicles, equipped with specialist equipment for any situation, including our high-power jetting system for removing blockages & cleaning, and also CCTV for on-site surveying of the problem or damaged drainage systems.

    Don’t just take our word for it, read our incredible reviews left by our valued customers.

    “Very quick and efficient service at a reasonable price - no need to go anywhere else.”
    “Can’t recommend Luke highly enough, went above and beyond to sort our nasty blockage on a Saturday night in awful weather. Friendly, professional, and I wouldn’t hesitate to use Cotswold drainage again!”
    “Called today and they were here well within an hour. Polite and cheerful operative did a fantastic job and kept us informed about what and why all the time. I can well understand why your reviews are so good. Would recommend without a moment's hesitation. Thank you!”
    "Cotswold Drainage were truly excellent. They were very efficient in what was a miserable job, digging out a foul drain and un-blocking it, in cold rainy weather and removing a spirit level!!! and then leaving us after ensuring that everything was left as clean and tidy and as it was before the big dig started. I would have no hesitation in recommending them for a professional and personable service.”