Tree Root Removal Service

Elite Rooter specializes in the removal of tree roots from pipes and sewer lines to clear out blockages with just one phone call.

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Professional Tree Root Removal Service

Elite Rooter offers a wide range of services to keep your home’s plumbing in perfect shape. Our team of professionals are aware of the issues that homeowners face and are equipped to tackle them. One of these issues is tree root intrusion that not only damages pipes by poking holes in them, but also cause blockages leading to poor drainage.

Elite Rooter offers multiple services to help you tackle this problem efficiently. From removing the tree roots using snaking and hydro jetting, to repairing the damaged pipes and lines through trenchless repairs, certified professionals at Elite Rooter take care of it all for you.

Common Problems Caused By Tree Root Intrusion

Tree root intrusion can cause various issues across your entire house. If left unchecked, it can manifest in the form of slow drainage of water throughout the whole house. It can also cause an unpleasant odour because of stagnant water. Since water is not draining properly, toilets and drains can also get backed up causing further problems. Tree root removal can also damage sewer line and pipes causing holes and cracks in them that need to be replaced or repaired.

Common Problems With Tree Root Intrusion

How Do You Get Rid of Roots in Pipes?

Tree roots can infiltrate and grow within pipes and sewer lines causing blockage, leakage, and damage to pipes. But how to get rid of them? Tree roots can be stubborn and if left unchecked for a long time, can be quite difficult to remove. Elite Rooter deploys modern techniques to clear pipes and sewer lines.


Hydro-jetting involves inserting a hose into your home’s pipes and using highly pressurized water to remove roots and dirt and debris buildup. If you are curious to learn more about hydro-jetting, check out this article to learn more about what it is.

With hydro-jetting, a plumber will flush out any debris left behind once the roots are destroyed. Hydro-jetting is an effective way of removing roots, and a professional plumbing company should only complete it.

Snaking Your Pipes

Eletric Snaking: A specialized drain auger is one sure method of killing and removing roots from your pipes. The end of an auger has a specialized mechanical saw or cutters which a plumber can operate to destroy any invading roots in your pipes. This process is also called snaking and can cost a few hundred dollars.

Auger tools are special tools all plumbers in the Los Angeles area carry. You may have a plastic drain auger in your home for bathroom clogs.

How Elite Rooter Handles Tree Root Removals

Elite Rooter has several options when it comes to picking the right method for tree root removal. Our team follows a thorough and perfected procedure to rid you of the problem from start to finish. From locating the problem to fixing your sewer lines afterwards we take care of it all.

Locating The Root Intrusion: This involves finding out where in your pipes or sewer line the blockage is. The entire process is trenchless which means access is gained through a small hole dug in the ground through which a camera is inserted. The camera is guided to the area of blockage.

Removing The Tree Roots: Various methods are available for tree root removal. Hydro jetting, eletric snaking, and rooter machines are used. Picking the right one for your job depends on the plumbing professional based on your budget, the extent of blockage, and the condition of the pipes at the time of tree root removal.

Repairing The Damage: When the root is removed, the cracks and holes in the pipe need to be repaired. This repair is also trenchless, meaning only two small access points are required to install new pipes or put in a new lining to close up gaps and cracks in the existing pipes.

Hydro Jetting Pros and Cons

Why You Need Tree Root Removal

Tree roots can spread out underground up to three times farther than a tree’s branches. Removing the roots, even if a tree has been cut down, can prevent:

  • Further growth that can endanger the same pipe or other sewer/water lines.
  • Roots from lifting sidewalks and other pavement, causing safety hazards.
  • Damage to foundations due to root intrusion or soil subsidence as roots absorb moisture.
  • In some species of trees, roots grow close to the surface and can be exposed through soil erosion, freezing and thawing, and human activities. Removing them can eliminate trip hazards or obstructions that can damage lawn mowers.
  • Sometimes, roots can wrap around the trunk of a tree, restricting the supply of water and nutrients. Being proactive can both protect the tree and prevent tree root intrusion.

Hiring a plumber to check plumbing lines for possible root trouble can prevent issues later on. Through proper maintenance and repairs, you can avoid major issues that would otherwise cost more money to fix.

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Contact Elite Rooter For Tree Root Removal

Elite Rooter focuses on giving you the best service. With one call, you can have professional and certified help at your doorstep for all your plumbing needs, specifically tree root removal.

Elite Rooter employs the latest techniques to give you quick and efficient service to get your pipes working again in no time. We carefully assess the current condition of your sewer line and pipes to provide expert consultation and offer the best solution that fits your budget and housing needs. Contact us today to get your plumbing inspected for potential issues before they become bigger.

Tree removal can be done through various methods depending on your needs such as:


Using a pump and hose with a specialized nozzle, high pressure streams of water are directed into a pipe to break up tree roots. 

Trenchless repairs

Mechanical cleaning machines cut roots apart with sharp, fast-rotating blades clearing pipes and sewer lines.

Electric Snaking

An auger, or plumbing snake, is a flexible metal tube inserted through a pipe to push a clog through by rotating its end.

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Elite Rooter Philosophy

Elite Rooter is dedicated to customer satisfaction, quality service, and fair pricing. The trust built between our local licensed plumbers and our valued customers truly shows through our testimonials.

Our Promise

We charge by the job, not the hours to ensure you save money and do not pay overtime. We also provide the best warrantied and reliable service.

Elite Rooter Mission

The goal of Elite Rooter is to provide the most professional plumbing service possible. This commitment to quality has helped us build lasting relationships from day one.

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scott bakerscott baker
01:36 06 Jul 24
6 months ago they came out and took great care of me, 6 months later another problem, set up a on line booking, last trip out they charged me $199 for unclogging a drain, this time they were running a $49 special, they called me 20 minutes out and said on there way, i explained my problem and he told me that special doesn’t apply to your citation and because we have been out before we are gone have to charge you more! MORE for being a returning customer! For being a returning customer they now wanted to charge me $299 for the exact same job they did before! So I told him I will cancel if you don’t give me the same price as last time, he said I will call my supervisor and ask him and get back to you, well 3 hours later no call back! How’s that for customer service! And trying to take advantage of the customer who was being loyal and coming back for the service that was given before! I am a Manager of a retail business, I pride myself on loyalty of my clients and customer service, when I say I am gonna do something I do it! This is the poorest most disrespectful things you can do to your customers, reviews are now for the public to see, and how bad you take care of your customers and customers who come back to give you business, just shows what loyalty means to them, all about the mighty DOLLAR, and taking advantage of you! Go somewhere else where they will treat you as a customer and not a notch in there belt!
Victor BrockVictor Brock
18:16 06 Jun 24
Christian was on time and very professional. He unclogged our drain efficiently and explained everything clearly. The price for the service was very reasonable. Great job!
Tate AndersonTate Anderson
17:13 06 Jun 24
Jnr provided exceptional service when fixing our bathroom leak. He was friendly, informative, and completed the task promptly. The value for the work done was unbeatable.
Steve JonesSteve Jones
07:25 05 Jun 24
Jessie was fantastic! He was professional, thorough, and did an excellent job unclogging our kitchen drain. The pricing was very reasonable, and he left everything clean and tidy.
Thomas Q. BarnesThomas Q. Barnes
14:21 04 Jun 24
Pedro was wonderful and very knowledgeable. He quickly detected and repaired a leak in our bathroom, leaving us extremely satisfied with the service and the cost.
Frederick KramerFrederick Kramer
13:53 04 Jun 24
I had an excellent experience with Martin. He arrived on time, was very dedicated, and unclogged our drain perfectly. The price was very reasonable too!
Kenneth HoaglandKenneth Hoagland
10:18 03 Jun 24
Christian was incredibly professional and friendly, thoroughly explaining all our options for fixing a leak. He resolved the issue promptly and at a very reasonable price. Highly recommend!
Patricio SantoriniPatricio Santorini
04:42 29 May 24
John DimickJohn Dimick
09:14 26 May 24
Rathod NaveenaRathod Naveena
07:30 26 May 24
Elite Rooter, with the expertise of Christian, saved the day when we had a stubborn drain clog. He was not only friendly but also incredibly skilled in his work. Within no time, our drain was flowing smoothly again, and the best part was the fair pricing for the top-notch service provided.
Thomas JohnsonThomas Johnson
11:30 25 May 24
I couldn't be happier with the service I received from Elite Rooter, especially from Martin. He arrived promptly, assessed the situation with our clogged drain, and tackled it efficiently. Not only did he clear the blockage, but he also provided helpful tips to prevent future issues. Plus, the price was very reasonable for the exceptional service we received.
Chris EdwardsChris Edwards
10:17 25 May 24
Christian from Elite Rooter was amazing! He detected our bathroom leak early, saving us from major damage. The service was thorough and reasonably priced. Highly recommend!
Scott CarrScott Carr
09:23 24 May 24
Jessie was wonderful! He arrived on time and unclogged our bathtub drain efficiently. The entire experience with Elite Rooter was professional and pleasant. Very reasonably priced too.
Bret BreuerBret Breuer
19:08 17 May 24
Pedro was incredibly professional and resolved our toilet issue quickly. He provided a detailed explanation and the pricing was very fair. Elite Rooter is my go-to for any plumbing needs!
Luke PosadaLuke Posada
02:14 05 May 24
Pedro from Elite Rooter is top-notch! Not only did he skillfully unclog our stubborn drain, but he also took the time to educate us on preventive measures to avoid future blockages. His dedication to his craft and customer satisfaction shines through in every aspect of his work.
Roger BarbeeRoger Barbee
08:59 04 May 24
Christian from Elite Rooter is a gem! He arrived promptly to tackle our clogged drain, and with his expertise, the issue was resolved swiftly. His friendly demeanor and informative approach made the whole experience pleasant and stress-free.
James GarciaJames Garcia
07:46 04 May 24
Raymond ByersRaymond Byers
10:51 03 May 24
Elite Rooter, particularly Martin, was excellent. They were professional, informative, and friendly. The drain unclogging service was top-notch, and their dedication to customer satisfaction was evident. Will definitely use them again!
Raymond ParkerRaymond Parker
14:13 01 May 24
Jnr from Elite Rooter was amazing. He was very professional and friendly, and he did an excellent job unclogging our drain. The service was prompt and thorough. Highly recommend their services!"
Jose DixonJose Dixon
08:56 23 Apr 24
Elite Rooter exceeded all our expectations. Their plumber was not only skilled but also incredibly friendly and informative. They went above and beyond to ensure our satisfaction. Highly recommend!
Sue Ellen LeroySue Ellen Leroy
23:54 22 Apr 24
Responsive. Professional. Honest. Fairly priced. Ask for Edgar Parafina at Elite Rooter. I certainly will for any plumbing need. It’s so refreshing to find such competent service people!
Don MoyoDon Moyo
14:47 21 Apr 24
I called Elite Rooter for a drain cleaning, and they did an amazing job. The plumber was friendly, professional, and explained everything in detail. I will definitely be using their services again.
Coulibaly SiakaCoulibaly Siaka
20:28 20 Apr 24
I had a plumbing emergency, and Elite Rooter saved the day! Their plumber arrived quickly, fixed the issue, and was very informative throughout the process. I'm grateful for their excellent service.
Manavi SharmaManavi Sharma
01:08 17 Apr 24
Had bathtub drain clogging issue. I called in the morning and issue resolved the same day!Pablo Diaz showed up and fixed the issue right away! He also provided some good advice to maintain the drains.Thanks a lot for helping today.
Natalie DahlemNatalie Dahlem
16:46 09 Apr 24
Quentin was super helpful and nice! The best!
Leann D. MeyerLeann D. Meyer
18:52 07 Apr 24
Elite Rooter was prompt, professional, and offered fair pricing. They diagnosed the issue as a problem with the dishwasher parts, not the drains, and provided an honest assessment without overcharging. I will definitely call them for future plumbing issues!
Ellen M SimonsEllen M Simons
22:26 05 Apr 24
Highly disappointed in this company. They took advantage of me and ripped me off 100 %. Receptionist very rude and so unprofessional. Would not recommend them to anyone , anytime . Saying that they have 1 employee who was very understanding and kind. Thankyou Erik for your help.
Carroll NimmoCarroll Nimmo
05:58 05 Apr 24
Professionalism at its finest! Elite Rooter's team of plumbers are true experts in their field. They tackled our plumbing issue with precision and efficiency, leaving no stone unturned. The plumber who assisted us was not only skilled but also friendly and informative. I couldn't be happier with the results. Thank you, Elite Rooter, for your exceptional service!
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10:37 04 Apr 24
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19:31 31 Mar 24
Our go-to for all plumbing needs is Elite Rooter!
David BennettDavid Bennett
04:53 30 Mar 24
Ravindra MhangareRavindra Mhangare
05:50 29 Mar 24
He arrived punctually, swiftly diagnosed the issue, and promptly resolved it. Elite Rooter has gained a lifelong customer!
Anthony GarzaAnthony Garza
21:29 28 Mar 24
Christian and the Elite Rooter team are exceptional. They surpassed expectations from start to finish. They were friendly, informative, and incredibly efficient. I will recommend them to everyone I know!
Dennis GarrettDennis Garrett
23:47 27 Mar 24
Jose CostillaJose Costilla
17:58 21 Mar 24
Pedro and Christian from Elite Rooter are true professionals. They arrived promptly, assessed the situation, and resolved our plumbing problem efficiently. I couldn't be happier with the service!
William EllisWilliam Ellis
19:14 20 Mar 24
Kudos to Christian for his outstanding service! He was not only on time but also went above and beyond to ensure that our plumbing problem was resolved efficiently. His friendly and informative attitude made the whole experience pleasant. Highly recommend!
Jeffrey BrownJeffrey Brown
18:20 20 Mar 24
He arrived promptly, assessed the situation meticulously, and offered practical solutions. His friendly demeanor instantly put me at ease. I highly recommend this plumbing company.
Larry WinnieLarry Winnie
14:40 19 Mar 24
This company was incredibly professional and very thorough. Martin was sent over to resolve a leak we were experiencing, thoroughly explained the options, and presented a detailed quote for our review. He completed the task, resolved our issue in a timely manner, and left us incredibly pleased with the experience.
Clifford CastilloClifford Castillo
14:17 19 Mar 24
The technician was professional, arrived on time, gave me an estimate for clearing the garbage disposal and drain, completed the work in an hour, cleaned up after himself, and reacted right away. They could even complete the work the next morning. I heartily endorse this company.
Jijun MaiJijun Mai
02:07 08 Mar 24
Quick and professional jobs. Well fix the clogged toilet.
Michael AddisMichael Addis
19:21 07 Mar 24
Fred did a great job. I'm very satisfied with his plumbing work!!
Jay WrightJay Wright
19:50 04 Mar 24
Thorough job. Solved issue in one visit.
Joshua DuranJoshua Duran
09:42 03 Mar 24
After contacting an elite plumber, they promptly arrived but the plumber declined to use a main line snake on my mainline drain. Instead, they used a 1/2 inch cable and stated that the line could not be unclogged from the cleanout. The plumber also refused to attach a head to the drain cable and attempted to upsell me on hydrojetting. When the supervisor arrived, they confirmed that hydrojetting was the only solution as they were unable to clear the blockage using other methods. So I said no the hydrojet and told them to call it a day. I then contacted a different plumber who had the appropriate mainline cable for his plumbing snake. He utilized a retriever head to swiftly clear the clog in the drain. It is unclear whether they lack knowledge or are simply attempting to maximize profits by exploiting homeowners. Be aware that they may not prioritize your best interests.
Linda CranerLinda Craner
03:24 25 Feb 24
I’m very satisfied with the work that Raymundo did replacing my water heater. I would recommend Elite Rooter if you have any plumbing needs.
16:50 12 Feb 24
Elite Rooter really stepped up. After a dishwasher installation snafu, Martin from Elite responded and step by step explained the why and the what needed to be done to ensure my plumbing problem was fixed. He was knowledgeable, professional, and made me feel like he would help me as he would a family member. I really appreciated their follow-up and guarantee of their finished product/work. Thank you, Martin and Elite...
Rene CastroRene Castro
00:09 11 Feb 24
Service Rep Freddy was great no issues there, cost was a bit steep but it's a job I'm not doing and know nothing about i wouldn't say I was overcharged I just didn't think it was going to be that expensive. Again the actual representative that did the job was great, great attitude it was actually late by the time he left but no issues since so job was done.
Cynthia Doane.Cynthia Doane.
23:25 04 Dec 23
Martin, from Elite Rooter came out the same day I called to take care of a clogged drain in my shower. He found the problem quickly and resolved it quickly in less than 30 min. There was an online discount available as well! I really appreciated the quick courteous and reasonable service. Elite has become my first choice for plumbing issues.
Diane ValdezDiane Valdez
20:42 30 Nov 23
Call was handled quickly, and was scheduled same day. Arrived as promised, serviceman looked over problem, explained what needed to be done. He was friendly, worked quickly and left area cleaned up! I was very impressed with the service and highly recommend Elite Rooter.
Sandra SharpSandra Sharp
17:16 21 Apr 23
My past experiences with other plumbing companies have not been great. The work has been substandard and/or the cost has been extremely inflated. Elite Rooter gave me timely and efficient service at an extremely fair price. They started work immediately, as soon as the problem was diagnosed and they worked every day including Saturday until the work was finished. They were very thorough and very careful not to cause any damage or leave any mess. Martin and Fernando are a great team! They are trustworthy!
Anthony LongAnthony Long
07:23 01 Dec 22
We had a complete blockage in our drain pipe. Chris and his team came to assess the problem. They were quickly able to determine the root cause and provided a couple of solutions and offered advice. They did an amazing job in replacing our main drain pipe that was cracked due to tree root intrusion. Everything was done promptly and with a permit. The team is very knowledgeable. Highly recommended if you want the job to be done right and have peace of mind.
Pilar StompanatoPilar Stompanato
08:16 27 Nov 22
Elite Rooter offers the best toilet unclogging service I've ever had. I called them to make an appointment and asked them to do the service as soon as possible. Then they sent Raymund to me in just 20 minutes. Raymund was a very nice person. He unclogged my toilet in just 5 minutes. Since that was not a very big problem, he told me that today's service is free! Wow, what a big surprise! I would definitely recommend their service to everyone!
Jose DiazJose Diaz
18:30 25 Nov 22
I made a last-minute call to Elite rooter when another plumber I was going to have fixed our shower drain quoted a very high price. Elite Rooter had a coupon on their website and was able to come out to the house within the hour. Leo was the technician and he knows his craft! He informed me I could not use the coupon due to the complexity of the clog and that was fine as we live in an old house and things work differently in these types of homes. He managed to clear the clog and now our shower drains which make me very happy. I would definitely hire Elite Rooter again for our plumbing needs.
Paul MartinezPaul Martinez
12:31 20 Nov 22
They were professional and pleasant while we did business with them. They wore masks from the moment they came to the door until the minute they left. They also put on new shoe covers at the front door each time they entered to keep the inside of our house clean and germ-free. Raymund was our senior technician and did a great job. They were on time and efficient, but detail oriented, as well. We highly recommend using them if you're in the Camarillo area and have plumbing needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are there roots in my sewer line?
Tree roots basically do two things: they keep the tree from falling over, and they serve to collect water and nutrients to feed the tree. The inside of a sewer line sees a lot of water, and a ton of nutrients. If a tree root can find its way inside a sewer line (and it takes a very tiny hole to do so), it will feed, and grow until it completely takes over.
I had a plumber perform a rooter service, and he cut out the roots. Is my problem solved?
Unfortunately, no. Although the roots were cut, it is not possible to get every last trace of roots. The stubs will still be there. It’s like cutting a bush at ground level. Over time that bush will start to sprout new growth, and left unchecked, will grow into an entirely new bush. The roots do the same. The only way to solve the problem is to completely remove the roots, and seal the hole they used to get into the pipe.
How do I permanently fix a root problem?
The only way to really remove the roots completely and seal the hole is to remove the affected section of pipe and replace it with “root proof” seals. This can be done via a spot repair, or an entirely new sewer line. If you are unsure which of those two options is the best for your situation, you can check out our article on Sewer Repair/Replacement.
I heard about sewer pipe lining. Will that work?
There are some instances where relining your sewer line may be an option. Unfortunately it is not usually the best option. There are several reasons for this, and we will cover that in a future article (sewer pipe lining).
What about root killing chemicals? Do they work?
The short answer is, “Yes, and no.” The proper root killer is one that foams and turns very thick, so that it clings to the roots, but does not leach into your ground soil and kill all your surrounding landscaping (remember, if you have roots, there is a hole in your sewer somewhere). These compounds are very pricey, and after years of them being on the market, the jury is still out as to whether or not they really work. Even if they do work, and manage to kill the roots themselves, they still leave a hole there in your sewer line, and more will get in at some point.

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