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You’re going to want to be prepared for what your plumber has to say about the tree roots blocking your pipes. Maybe you already talked to your plumber and you didn’t completely understand everything he said. In any case, here’s a list of terms that may be basic to your plumber, but not so basic to you: Backfill: Soil used...

Blocked Drain Solutions

STOP TREE ROOTS IN PIPES Substantial damage can be caused to your sewer system by the invasion of tree roots into the drain pipes which have been cracked as a result of natural settling, age or wear.  Trees are good at finding water and their roots can travel a hundred feet to get to the nourishment they need. Tree roots...

Tree roots don’t like wet feet

Tree roots in pipes don't like to be in water all the time. Fine tree roots grow through the top of the pipe joints and then down into the water flow. In permanently water charged ground, tree roots rarely appear in the sewer because they don't like to be continually immersed in water.

Pipe joints create opportunity

Clay sewer pipes are a great opportunity for tree roots to get in your pipe line. These pipes are usually 2-3 foot or 600-900mm long. So, in a 100 foot (30 metre) pipeline, there could be up to 50 individual pipes and bends and junctions. That means there are at least 50 pipe joints for a tree to get its...

Why trees choose sewer over stormwater pipes.

Trees are more likely to grow into sewer pipes than stormwater pipes. Every day we use our plumbing sending that water and fertiliser combination along the pipeline for the trees and their root systems to drink their fill. BUT, stormwater pipes only carry water when it rains, which in this country is fairly unreliable. If I was a tree and...

Tree roots grow through pipe joints.

Tree roots usually enter your pipe line through the pipe joints. Did you know each clay sewer pipe is usually 2-3 foot long, that’s 600-900mm each? So, in a pipe line 100 feet in length (30 metres), there could be up to 50 individual pipes with bends and junctions. That means there are at least 50 different places for a...

Tree roots in drains start out small

Do you know how small tree roots are when they enter your sewer drains? Believe it or not, when tree roots enter your drains through small cracks in the pipe joints, they are finer than the hairs on your head or the purest Australian wool. Then, once they are in the cracks and pipe joints they multiply

How tree roots get into pipes #3

Tree roots grow into cracks in the joints in sewer pipes that may have been there even before the pipes were used. Hard to believe but envisage this. Your friendly plumber has dug a trench, laid the new earthenware pipes, cemented all the joints, then proceeded to back fill the trench. The very process of backfilling the trench is enough...

When will you do my Vaporooter?

I just had a phone call from Deborah wanting to know when we are doing her 2017 Vaporooter treatment. Deb said "You usually come at the end of October" You've been coming every year since 2010. "Oh, my pipes aren't blocked but, I don't want to go back to those days with horrible sewage overflowing and my toilet won't flush"...

How tree roots get into pipes #2

In my last post I described how tree roots can easily travel through the soil loosened by excavation for your pipe installation. Do you know why tree roots grow in sewer pipes from the top of the pipe joints? Condensation is formed when we run water from our water pipes, through our drains. Especially when we have a hot shower,...

How tree roots get into pipes #1

Tree roots grow through trenches dug for plumbing pipes. When plumbers excavate a trench in virgin soil to lay our pipelines to take the waste water from your home, we till the soil. That’s right, the simple method of excavating the soil with a shovel or even a mechanical excavator like a backhoe actually breaks up the soil. After we...

Neighbours tree roots in your Pipes

The number of over the fence disputes between neighbours started by tree roots growing under the fence is multiplying. As the trees in your garden mature they go in search of moisture and nutrients in neighbouring properties sewer pipes. Periods of no rain like we are currently experiencing will see tree root systems spread in every direction in their search...

Tree roots chase liquid gold in drains

Did you know tree roots chase the liquid fertiliser in sewer drains? That's because the waste water running through your pipes is a constant source of moisture and nutrients. In our dry continent a sewer pipe is an easy target for a tree root system that plays the long game. Most of us use our plumbing every day. When we...

Cutting roots makes them grow thicker and stronger

Did you know when you cut tree roots from your blocked sewer pipes, they grow back thicker and stronger? You see, getting a blocked drain specialist to cut the roots of a tree with high pressure water or an electric eel is just like pruning your hedge or rose bush, it actually encourages tree root regrowth. Over a long period,...

I don’t want to live like this.

You could hear the fear in her voice! "Sonia" from Bronte asked, What does your Vaporooter Guarantee actually mean? Sonia lives on the first floor of a 8 storey block of home units. "About every 3 months we get a blocked drain caused by tree roots in the pipes under our building" "Depending on the type of tree, that's not...

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