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If tree roots can break through my existing pipes, why can’t they break relined pipes?

Tree roots are the arch-enemy of pipes & drains, often given the blame for the damage that occurs underground which ultimately needs to be dug-up or relined. So it is only natural to assume that if the pipe is relined, the tree roots are just going to have another crack at the new pipe? Wrong. We have been giving those ‘pesky’ roots too much credit this whole time – because they have never been the culprits. 

Roots, simple as they are, become attracted to pre-existing leaks in pipes due to the nutrient-rich water source that passes through them. These leaks are caused by several factors including the degradation of the rubber seals in Earthenware pipes, ground movement or impact from construction in the area. If there isn’t a leak, roots can’t get in and therefore, aren’t a threat.

However, as soon as the pipe becomes compromised, you have a problem. Once inside, the roots thrive and grow exponentially, often causing much more damage than the existing leak and forcing you to seek the help of a plumber or a relining specialist.

So, you ask, why would a relined pipe be any different?

When we reline, we completely seal the pipe, no leaks, no roots, no problem. But the real kicker is the materials that we use. Epoxy liner is considerably stronger than the commonly used PVC pipes, and due to it being seamless, there are no opportunities for the roots to exploit weaknesses such as joins and seals. Meaning your new relined plumbing is unlikely to cause you any problems for a good-long-while. You can learn more about Expoy liners and products in our article; Key things to consider when choosing your product. 

If you have any other questions about relining, trees, tree roots, football, internal combustion or string theory, give us a call anytime.

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