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Coronavirus and Drainage - Our Commitment

An update to our customers regarding Coronavirus from John Wilson, Managing Director.

  • EDS remains open and available for all emergency drainage needs
  • Free emergency drainage unblocking for all Londoners over 70, children’s hospices and Blue Light workers. Plus, London NHS sites, staff & healthcare workers
  • Contact-free/contactless drain unblocking and visits to safeguard customers and staff
  • Strict health and safety measures in place, including disposable paper suits worn by staff, PPE gear, face masks, engineers checked for symptoms and sanitised before visits, and mats on floors
  • Emergency drainage for all customers 24/7
  • Rapid 60 minute response time
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Coronavirus and Drainage - Our Commitment

An update to our customers regarding Coronavirus.

John Wilson, Managing Director

Root Ingress Repair

While it may not be immediately obvious, the roots of trees and hedges have the potential to cause damage to underground pipe networks. For homeowners, damage to pipes can mean a lot of hassle. The following situations can occur:

Cracks and Loose Connections

The cause of most root problems is a crack in a pipe or a poor connection. Roots are attracted to the vapours that escape from any structurally compromised piping, so it’s important to make sure that there are no trees planted over pipe networks.


If a root structure has been growing for some time in a pipe, it will have taken over the inside space, causing considerable flow issues. Over time, debris will have collected and narrowed or even blocked the flow of drainage contents. At this point, it’s essential to call out an engineer to remove and replace the blocked drain pipe. In the case of sewage systems, a backed up pipe structure can be particularly unpleasant if the pipe bursts or breaks.

Root Infiltration

Roots are always searching for water, oxygen and nutrients. As pipes – especially drainage systems – contain plenty of these things, roots will readily infiltrate where possible. Where a root system has started to grow inside a pipe, there is an increased chance that debris, such as tissue paper and fats, could become stuck, causing the pipe to flow slower.

In such cases, it’s important to prevent further infiltration before blockages and damage occur.

Pipe Damage

After enough time, the pressure exerted by a growing root structure on a pipe will cause it to break meaning repair work is necessary. Whether the pipe is for sewage, drainage or water, one that is broken will serve no function at all as the contents will spill out into the surrounding soil. For sewer pipes that connect the house drainage system to the main sewer pipes, any damage or blockages are the liability of the homeowner. On the other hand, roots from a council-planted tree are the responsibility of the council, as well as public places.

Here at Express Drainage Solutions, our expert team are on hand to carry out repairs of all drains suffering from root ingress. With CCTV inspections available, allowing us to accurately assess the location and extent of the damage, we provide full repairs and any necessary relining at highly competitive rates.

Very helpful, clearly explained what needed doing, all decisions left up to me, would use them again if needed.- a customer in London

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