How Australian weather and the lack of rain impacts pipe work and can encourage root growth.

 The Effects of Australian Weather on Pipe Work

Pipe work

 1. Leakage and Pipe Material

Old terracotta pipe work is commonly found in many properties. Movements in the surrounding soil can cause joint failure or cracking, leading to moisture and nutrients leaking into the soil. Joints between PVC and terracotta Drain pipes can also fail, causing leaks. Upgrading  essential infrastructure by replacing and drain repairing old pipe is crucial for preventing leaks. At Get Unblocked we have a professional Drain repair team that are experts in this problem.

2. Tree Roots and Pipe work Damage

Tree roots grow wherever conditions are favourable. When tree roots come into contact with water or nutrients, they grow more vigorously. Roots usually enter Drain pipes that have faults, such as leaking joints or blocked pipes. Once pipe work deteriorates or is damaged, roots from various types of trees, plants, and grasses can grow inside it.

3. Root Systems and Pipe work Cracking

Certain trees have strong, extensive root systems that can hunt down water sources from quite a distance away. These roots may infiltrate broken pipes, drains, damp areas under pathways or foundations, and stormwater runoff areas. Some tree varieties to be cautious of include:

– Camphor Laurel: An environmental weed
– Fig Trees: Hills weeping fig, Moreton Bay fig, Port Jackson fig.
– Rubber Plants: Indian rubber tree (considered a weed).
– Poplars.
– Willows: Considered a weed .
– Coral Trees: Emerging environmental weed .
– Large Gum Trees.- Eucalypts vary in size and habit from shrubs to tall trees. Trees usually have a single main stem or trunk but many eucalypts are mallees that are multistemmed from ground level and rarely taller than 10 metres (33 feet). There is no clear distinction between a mallee and a shrub but in eucalypts, a shrub is a mature plant less than 1 m (3 ft 3 in) tall and growing in an extreme environment.

Jacaranda Trees: Invasive weed .Jacaranda  is a sub-tropical tree native to south-central South America that has been widely planted elsewhere because of its attractive and long-lasting violet-colored flowers. It is also known as the jacarandablue jacarandablack pouiNupur or fern tree.


These trees have root systems strong enough to crack drain pipes and cause damage.

Why is tree selection important?

Trees are an essential part of our urban environment. They provide shade, beauty, habitat, oxygen, and many other benefits. However, not all trees are suitable for every location. Some trees have invasive roots that can damage pipes, foundations, pavements, and other structures. Some trees also produce large amounts of leaves, flowers, fruits, or seeds that can clog sink, drains and gutters. These issues can lead to costly repairs, flooding, sewer overflows, and health hazards.

How Tree Roots Get into Drain Pipes

Tree roots are drawn to moisture and nutrients. When they encounter a tiny crack or gap in a pipe, they naturally grow toward it.
– Once inside the pipe, they can expand and multiply, causing serious trouble.
– The most common cause of blocked drains is tree roots.

Signs of Tree Roots in Pipes

– Slow-draining sinks or showers.
– Gurgling noises from toilets or drains.

– Backed-up sewer lines.
– Foul smells from drains.
– Low water pressure.
– Green patches or sinkholes in your lawn.
– Sudden tree growth near pipes.



Understanding how weather conditions affect pipe work is essential for homeowners. Regular maintenance, upgrading infrastructure, and avoiding planting problematic tree species near drainage systems can help prevent damage to pipes caused by both weather and root growth .

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