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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...

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...

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...

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...

Questions about Vaporooter?

No matter where you are in Australia, if you have a blocked drain caused by tree roots and you want to discuss your particular blocked drain situation, please ring and ask me on 1800 637 600 Every situation with tree roots in sewer pipes is different! If you know that tree roots are causing your blocked sewer pipes but you’re...

Stop Tree Roots in Pipes. Client Testimonial

Just in via email..... Dear Dave and Leigh, Thank you for doing the Vaporooter treatment this morning, it gives me considerable peace of mind. As you will recall we had experienced some nasty sewer blockages previously, up to two a year due to an invasive ficus vine spreading its tree roots into our pipes. The sewer line passes under a...

How can tree roots destroy pipes?

Tree root cells, which can be microscopic in their first stages of development, look for warmth and humidity so that they can mature. In their search, they are attracted to and discover drain lines, which they can penetrate through extremely small openings in the pipe joints and gradually grow inside them. As the tree roots mature inside the pipes, they...