Tree Root Removal

If you have trees in or near your lawn, you may enjoy several benefits from their presence. Privacy, fresh fruit and natural beauty are just a few perks of using trees in your landscape. However, your trees' root systems can also damage your drainage and sewer systems.

Older homes in Massachusetts and New Hampshire are at a higher risk for root damage and drain blockages, meaning that homeowners in the New England area should know what to look for and who to call if they see signs of roots in their pipes.

How Do Tree Roots Clog and Ruin Pipes?

A tree's root system is between two and three times longer than the tree's height, which means a countless number of roots have to spread out from one another. These roots search for water and nutrients so they can gather what the tree needs to grow.

Cracks and leaks in your pipes create humidity and moisture, attracting roots looking for a water source. Wastewater is also full of nutrients like phosphorous, which can contribute to a plant's energy unit. Seeking more water and nutrients, the roots enter the pipes and continue growing. As they expand, they fill the line and block water flow. Blockage from tree roots can then damage your sewer system and weaken its structural integrity.

Signs That You May Have Tree Root Issues

Catching blockages early can prevent further damage. Older houses and systems on properties with several trees have a larger risk of roots ruining their pipes. These four signs of roots in your pipes are good indicators that you need to reach out to a clearing service:

Slow-Flowing Drains

Slowly flowing drains are one of the first signs of roots in pipes. If you notice a change in how water drains from your home's fixtures, there may be root damage present underground. Sometimes, a gurgling noise accompanies the affected flow. If you suspect roots in your pipes, pay close attention to how the drains in your homes behave and sound.


Sinkholes are a normal occurrence for some areas. As long as you don't live in one of them, you can assume that a sinkhole in your yard is a sign of severe damage to your pipes. Tree roots are one of the most common culprits for sinkholes. If you notice one appearing in your lawn, you should keep a safe distance away from the edge and call an experienced plumber immediately.

Sinkholes are a sign of later-stage damage. By the time a sinkhole forms, your home's foundation could be at risk. Err on the side of caution and enlist a professional for advice.

Collapsed or Broken Pipes

Collapsed or broken pipes are the most obvious signs of root damage. If you have a severely damaged pipe, you'll see issues like toilet backups happening more frequently, and they will persist until you remove the root obstruction and repair the affected parts of your system.


If an errant tree root damages your sewer system, you may notice unpleasant odors in and around your home. Unusual smells like rotten eggs signal blockages and similar complications. Often, interference with your sewage lines can cause serious damage, so it's wise to contact a professional to investigate.

Our Tree Root Removal Process

Knowing how to clear roots from drain pipes safely is essential for restoring proper function to a home's drainage system without causing significant damage to the property.

At Emergency Sewer & Drain Repair, we perform affordable root removal with minimal impact to the surrounding area. The process involves inspection, removal and prevention. Further repair or relining may be necessary if the roots did extensive damage. Our tree root leak and clog identification and repair process includes the following steps:

Video Camera Inspections

A video camera inspection is the best way to locate roots and determine how much damage they've done. In some circumstances, this inspection is the only method we have of getting visual information on the extent of the damage. Once we've finished the removal, we'll use the camera again to ensure no roots remain in the pipes.

Hydro Jetting or Augering

After the initial inspection, we move onto removal, which we can perform in two ways: hydro jetting and augering.

Hydro jetting refers to using a high-pressure water system to blast the roots out of the blocked pipes. Augering involves connecting a rotating auger to a cable to create a drain snake. The auger cuts through the roots to remove the blockage. This action opens the drain and allows wastewater to pass through.

CIPP Pipe Lining

Final Inspection and Prevention

After we remove the roots from your drainage system, we may need to repair the roots' damages. Many companies use trench repair, which involves digging into their clients' lawns. Emergency Sewer & Drain Repair specializes in trenchless sewer repair. This technique means that our work causes as little disturbance to your lawn as possible.

Afterward, our teams will perform another video camera inspection to make sure the roots are gone and the pipes are in working order.

We can also reline the affected equipment, preventing tree roots from growing in your sewer pipes in the future. We apply an epoxy resin material that creates a hardened barrier when it cures. This lining prevents roots from piercing your pipes and causing new blockages. Our team may also recommend ways to redirect the root system's growth.

Contact Emergency Sewer & Drain Repair for a Free Estimate

When you notice signs of roots in your pipes, call a professional for immediate removal. The experts at Emergency Sewer & Drain Repair are available 24/7. We've been in business for over 18 years, and our founders have more than 33 years of experience in our industry. We serve our clients throughout the Northeast, particularly in the New England area and in all cities along the 495 corridor, providing high-quality services and exceptional customer care.

Connect with us today for more information about tree root leak and clog identification and repair. We'll be happy to provide you with a free estimate. Contact Emergency Sewer & Drain Repair online or by phone — Massachusetts residents can call 978-914-3137, and New Hampshire residents can reach us at 603-974-1218.

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