Cost to Remove Tree Roots from Drains


We all love trees, as they give out oxygen and they make our streets look more beautiful. It is often said that, the older a tree is, the more majestic it is. However, not many people stop and think about the problems the roots of the trees can create. You might not imagine that the tree roots can reach city drain lines and cause problems but such things actually happen. And when it does, expensive maintenance and removal are required. The tree roots search for water and other nutrients and they often find a crack in a pipe or a loose joint; then, they infiltrate in the drain line and grow a mass that will cause a blockage.

  • Because the drain line is deeply buried, one will not notice that there is a problem, until it begins to cause problems in the system.
  • The person to call and handle the problem is an experienced plumber.
  • The plumber will arrive to the house and, using specialized tools (such as a large snake, similar to the one used inside the house) or different substances, such as root killing foam
  • This will allow for the gradual removal of the tree roots and it will guarantee the best results in the long run.
  • If the roots have infiltrated extensively, then the cost of the procedure will be considerably higher. You should expect to pay at least a couple of hundred of dollars for the removal of the tree roots.
  • Be sure to find a plumber that doesn’t charge overtime fees; usually, the average price for a plumber is somewhere from $100 to $700 per project.

If you know a thing or two about plumbing, then you could handle the project yourself. DIY is possible, as there are specific products (Root Kill, for example) and tools that you can purchase yourself. Using the Internet, you can view videos of tree roots removals from drain lines and decide whether you are up for that. Also, keep in mind that if you suspect a large buildup has occurred, it might be for the best to leave it in the hands of experts.

Watch out for extensive roots that have caused major pipe blockages and do not attempt to remove them yourself if you do not have experience. If you try it on your own, you may end up paying more for the damage you have done yourself. It is best to call a contractor and request an estimate first.