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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 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...

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,...

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,...

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...

Street Trees block drains

  Are these Beautiful Trees in your street? Liquid amber, London plane tree, Golden Robinia, Hills weeping fig, Brush box Every year as they grow a little bigger their expanding canopy adds thousands of dollars to the value to your home, bringing energy saving cool shade from the summer heat, the beauty of the colours of autumn, some, when they...