It is critical to remove tree roots from a sewer pipe to solve drainage problems & avoid costly damage to your property.​


How a plumber can remove tree roots from a sewer pipe to solve a drainage problem.

Why are removing tree roots from a sewer pipe is important?

Older properties and piping can be prone to penetration from tree roots, especially if the piping is earthern or clay. The roots that manage to get into the line are usually no thicker than a strand of hair to begin with. As the tree roots feed on the water and nutrients that flow out through the pipes, they develop from little shoots to a bit mesh inside the pipe. For sewer pipes that can become a real nightmare as they get clogged and begin to cause odours outside the property but also block toilets, showers, bathtubs and vanity sinks.

Essentially it can render most of the waste disposal on your property fairly useless. If you are lucky waste can still flow and you may never have any major issues, but in lots of cases drainage can be effected as was the case for this Client in Rosebery who has been using us regularly over the past few years.


How can you tell if you have a sewer pipe blockage issue?

The most obvious sign is water drains slowly from bathroom sinks or the toilet bowel water will rise sharply when you flush. These are the early indicators that water can’t flow freely to the sewer. At other times you may notice the ground is quite wet or there is water seeping from cracks or joins in the footpath or under walls etc. The situations can vary greatly and the only way to really understand what is happening is with a CCTV Camera Inspection to see inside the pipes.

Once we can see what is causing the blockage we can assess how bad the situation is and then work out potential rectification works to resolve it quickly.

Can it be expensive to leave tree roots in a sewer pipe?

For this Client she was calling us between 4-6 times a year to jet blast the pipe and clear what we could from the tree roots. Of course this just meant we were temporarily fixing the problem, so the long term solution was removing the tree or replacing the pipes. 


So in this scenario it meant spending up to $350, up to 6 times a year so about $1,800 per year.


Eventually our Client had enough and decided to replace as much of the accessible sewerage as we could get to which meant a complete new sewer line to pick up two bathrooms and the kitchen. The budget range of this scale of work is between $20,000 and $30,000 but it creates a long term solution and improves the quality of the properties waste disposal.

You must use a licensed and qualified plumber for this type of work to ensure it is done correctly and to Australian Standards.

How did we complete this project?

Nu-Trend has its own tools and excavation equipment so we were able to start immediately to essentially run a new 6-inch mainline to connect from the front of her house to the back of her boundary including a new water line and tap.

There was a slight delay with a pipe needed to be re-patched, although with all the right tools and equipment on hand there was only a 20-minute delay. 

We did all the excavation work, laid the new piping then completed the backfill and compacted everything to return the site to a usable state quickly. 

Years of experience

Nu-Trend since 2009

Nu-Trend was formed just over 10 years ago by father and son team, Rick and Michael Karagiannis.

Michael has been in the industry for more than 20 years, passing his knowledge and expertise to Rick as the family tradition lives on.

Rick has always enjoyed the finer elements design details. Not content with solving plumbing problems he soon broadened his skills to also do bathroom renovations in Sydney. A perfect match with hundreds of reviews later & beautiful bathrooms being enjoyed by hundreds of people.


Rick from Nu-Trend Plumbing and Bathroom Renovations

The passionate business owner who loves his job, always goes the extra mile & who many say “is too good for the industry”

Rick dislikes the typical industry behaviour and firmly believes in ‘no gimmicks’ and upfront, honest work.

  • Position: Director
  • Years in the industry: 15
  • Expertise / specialty: A hands-on Director and business owner who provides leadership for the team.
  • Qualifications: Licensed Plumber, Bathroom Renovator.
  • What he loves about his work? I love helping people when someone wants something and we achieve what they are after it’s rewarding for me.
  • Funniest on the job story: Doing a job on a live sewer stack and someone flushing the toilet while we were underneath. It was quite brown, but you had to laugh.
  • Favourite brand of bathroom product: Caroma Products


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Robert is the co-owner of Nu-Trend who loves walking into different scenarios every day & trying to solve problems quickly. 

He is the organiser in the team, keeping the boys on track each day. Some dub him the ‘pretty face’ of Nu-Trend. 

  • Position: Director
  • Years in industry: 14
  • Expertise / specialty: Quoting, team organisation and logistics to keep everything running smoothly.
  • Qualifications: Licensed Plumber and Bathroom Renovator.
  • What he loves about his work? Doing something different every day and working with really good people to solve a range of everyday problems.
  • Funniest on the job story: Pranking the boys with fake emails or calls and waiting to see their reactions. Funny at times but a good way to practice real situations.
  • Favourite brand of bathroom product: Boffi Products


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Chris joined Rick and Robert a few years ago as the number of jobs and bathroom renovations began to increase.

Ever reliable Chris gets stuck in when the hard work is required and provides the Nu-Trend team with a lot of the hard yakka.

  • Position: Plumber
  • Years in industry: 6
  • Expertise / specialty: Maintenance and domestic plumbing for houses or unit apartment blocks.
  • Qualifications: Licensed Plumber with aspirations to learn about renovations.
  • What he loves about his work?  Seeing Nu-Trend customers satisfied after a completed job where they notice the little details or finishing touches.
  • Funniest on the job story: Too many to list and he has been thinking about writing a book about funny plumber stories for everyone to read about.
  • Favourite brand of bathroom product: Boffi Products

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All the work carried out by Nu-Trend is AS/NZ3500:2018 compliant. It is the Australian Standard for Plumbing and Drainage in NSW as set down by Standards Australia and the Australian Building Codes Board. They give the plumbing industry technical direction to enable compliance with required regulatory frameworks.

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The Nu-Trend service guarantee

Rick and Rob are the hands-on Directors for Nu-Trend Plumbing. Rather than hire sub-contractors and manage their business from a distant office, they are on the tools, at your site & working towards delivering your bathroom renovation or plumbing service. It means you are talking directly to the owners of the business, the guys who are accountable and responsible rather than via email or through customer service teams.

It is why they are able to provide a written guarantee that demonstrates their confidence in standing by the quality of their workmanship and the service they deliver to every single client.

They have a very single minded commitment to deliver a high level of professionalism and quality.

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'No Gimmicks' that's our policy

With so many years in the trade, the Nu-Trend team has seen their fair share of sales tricks, special offers, promotions and other gimmicks to secure business. Rather than copy what everyone else is doing they decided a long time ago to avoid all the typical gimmicks and stick to clear, upfront information and pricing, including the provision of free Quotes. 

Here are the most common sales gimmicks you will see and how they work, keep in mind there is a reason most service industries don’t disclose fixed prices.

Real examples, real jobs.

Nu-Trend at work

Rather than use lots of photos copied from Google or from bathroom suppliers the Nu-Trend team shares real life examples of their work. Take a look at some of the bathroom renovations or local plumber jobs they have done around Sydney.

Rick Karagiannis - Plumber & Bathroom Renovator

Rick Karagiannis - Plumber & Bathroom Renovator

Rick Karagiannis is a licensed Plumber, Building Renovator and Director of Nu-Trend, a Sydney Plumber and Bathroom Renovations contractor. Nu-Trend has been operating since 2009 as an independent sole trader in Sydney. Rick provides all types of services for small bathroom renovations, leaking tap repairs, hot water high-pressure jet blasting and more.