Photos Show 15-Foot Snake-like Tree Roots That 'Totally Shocked' Plumber

A plumber was shocked to discover a tree root infestation the size of an "anaconda" in a storm pipe while attending to a home on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia.

David Hall with The Clean Plumber Northern Beaches was called to a home in Newport—a suburb of the city—on Friday after the property flooded last week.

Hall, who has nearly four decades of experience as a plumber, soon discovered the reason for the flooding: a nearly 15-foot-long clump of thinly woven tree roots had taken hold in the home's underground stormwater pipes.

"I used a CCTV camera to inspect the drains and was totally shocked at the extent of tree root infestation," Hall told Newsweek.

Hall said he believed the roots had been growing in the pipes for more than 10 years, given the size of the root clump.

The plumber told Yahoo News Australia that roots, measuring about the thickness of human hair, can enter pipes through small cracks and grow to become "enormous."

The clump of tree roots was so large that it took Hall around eight hours of work to remove from the pipes.

"I tried to grab hold of it and pull it out but it was too strong for me," Hall told Newsweek. "I knew it was tree roots but when I was finally able to pull them out it was over four meters in length and looked like an anaconda."

"I have never seen such an infestation in over 37 years as a plumber," he said.

According to Hall, the home owners were "absolutely shocked" by what was growing in the stormwater pipes, the plumber told Yahoo.

"They had never seen anything like it," he said.

The plumber advised home owners to have their pipes inspected and cleared every 12 months to prevent such an infestation occurring.

"The sooner you can diagnose a problem the cheaper it is to fix," Hall told Newsweek.

The plumber said the process for preventing large infestations like these was relatively simple with modern technology.

"It's quite easy these days with the cameras we can put down the drains," Hall told Yahoo. "We can inspect the inside of the drains and see if there's any roots starting to grow, and clear them with a high pressure jet blaster."

One of the residents of the house, Paula Smith, thanked the plumber on Facebook for removing the tree roots from the stormwater pipe.

"David, thank you for clearing my drains. David was able to quickly clear and fix everything for me," Smith wrote on Facebook.

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Images showing the tree root infestation discovered by plumber David Hall. David Hall/The Clean Plumber Northern Beaches