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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 had a choice of putting my roots into a sewer pipe or a stormwater pipe, I would choose the sewer pipes because every day, as regular as clockwork, I will be fed and watered.
If I chose the stormwater pipes, I may die of thirst!

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” she said.

Deb has a large fig tree growing on the nature strip at the front of her home.

Don’t worry.
We’ve got you covered Deborah

Apologies for the wind noise at the start of this 2.01 min clip.

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 unusual” I said.

“You don’t understand” she said as her throat began to tighten
“When we get a blockage, all the sewer and waste water flushed by the residents on the 7 floors above, hits the blockage in the carpark and backs up through the floor drain in my bathroom”
overflowing toilet Yuk!
“Ouch, Do you mean everything?’
“Yes, everything”
“Poo, condoms, tampons, cotton wool buds, toilet paper. It’s absolutely disgusting”
“It makes me want to throw up just thinking about it, running from the floor drain in my bathroom, out the door and all over the hallway and lounge room carpet.”

“But, Why are you so upset now?” I asked.

“It’s been 4 months since it happened, so it’s gonna happen again soon. I don’t want to live like this!”

I actually had this conversation on April 8th 2016.

The Body corporate committee are getting other opinions on Tree root treatments for drains.

I feel for “Sonia”

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 slab floor and access to the pipes is virtually impossible without major invasive works, Vaporooter seemed like a good option.

Once the blockage had been thoroughly cleared, you applied the treatment.
Today’s was the third annual re-treatment and I am happy to tell you that we have had no trouble whatsoever with the drains.

The treatment has been successful and has avoided a costly and invasive repair job.

Thanks, Stephen
Kingsford 2032 Sydney
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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 lose their leaves, provide much needed natural lighting and in some cases a windbreak in winter. 075

These same trees help replenish our oxygen supply, and bring birdlife in abundance, a place for the kids to play, making your street one of the most sought after in your suburb.

Imagine your street without the trees.

Now if you have lived in your tree lined street for some time, you will know that there is a downside to having these trees.

Did you know their luxurious canopy is fed by a root system that is fed nutrition from the non stop supply running through that main artery from your home, also known as your sewer pipes.

Tree roots are growing around the clock, they don’t just grow overnight. They start, finer than the hairs on your head, searching for that hint of moisture or condensation on the top of your sewer pipes. (Condensation is caused as the water running through the sewer is slightly warmer than the pipes and the earth they are laying in).

Their task has been made easier by the trench excavation, breaking up soils to fit the pipes in the first place. Backfill and compaction is still way easier for tree roots to penetrate than virgin soils.

Once the fine hairs get in through the slightest crack in old earthenware or terra cotta pipe joints, they feast on the nutrients available, and grow constantly.

They can end up as thick as your arm with a horse tail attached.

Amazing!

We have cut tree roots from sewers that fit this description and up to 8 metres in length

As the roots grow in length they grow in diameter and can actually crack the earthenware pipes as they grow.

They don’t just grow overnight.

Who knows how a tree thinks?

Once they get in the pipe and have a constant source of moisture and nutrients they will keep coming back for more.

Having their roots cut by drain cleaners is like pruning the roots.

As any gardener will tell you, pruning makes them grow thicker and stronger. Think hedges or Rose bush.

It’s the same with the root system.

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 create blockages when waste water is flushed through them.

Now, one of the least efficient methods of unblocking the pipes is cutting the roots, this “pruning” action actually leads to a more vigorous tree root regrowth.

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5 Ways to Prevent Blocked Drains

These simple measures will go a long way to prevent roots from infiltrating and destroying your sewer pipes

    1. Use pipes made of Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) for new and replacement drains. PVC pipes are strong enough to repel the tree roots. Experts agree that PVC is the best material for reducing the risk of tree root blockages.
    2. Don’t plant trees near pipes. This seems simple enough, but many home and business owners don’t realize what constitutes as ‘near’ when we’re talking tree roots.   Many Australian tree roots have an incredibly wide spread.
    3. Pick proper foliage. Eucalyptus, for example, can have roots systems that spread out as little as 6 metres. Hills Weeping Fig, on the other hand, can have a root spread upto 60 metres.
    4. Maintain your pipes. Wear and tear, cracks, and leaks can cause nutrient-rich water to seep into the soil around your pipes. This attracts tree roots straight to your pipes.
    5. Routinely check and clear your sewer drain. Though roots can be attracted to any type of water-bearing line, they are most often lured towards sewer drains. An expert plumber and drain cleaner can come by and clear roots out of your pipes before they become a big problem.
    6. Compare Vaporooter and  Stop Tree Roots in Drains. Tree canopy

Blocked drains fixed… Free! What your Plumber doesn’t know

Does your home get blocked drains caused by tree roots?
What if I gave you a written guarantee. We’ll fix your blockage for FREE!
It sounds crazy, but its true!
It’s a simple process that less than 5% of Australian maintenance plumbers know about.
In fact, plumbers don’t want you to know about it ’cause it Stops Tree Roots in Drains
It’s called Vaporooter and it works.
We protect over 328 families who got blocked drains 3-4 times a year before Vaporooter.
Their pipes were blocked by tree roots.
Not anymore!
Check out these case studies and learn a little more.
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Spring brings shoots and tree roots

Spring in Australia brings new growth to our trees and shrubs.
New shoots above ground means the trees are growing underground as well, and new tree roots means blocked drains.
As Australia’s leading authority on tree roots in drains, with over 15,000 blocked drains under my belt and I’ve used all kinds of drain cleaners, its safe to say I know a lot about fixing blocked drains.
Having said that, I can tell you that there is a simple way to Stop Tree Roots in Drains.
It’s called Vaporooter!
Over the next few weeks I’ll share some of my blocked drain experiences and how you can prevent them from happening at your place ever again!

New Shoots

Look inside a clean sewer pipe

Vaporooter is a revolutionary pipe treatment that stops tree root blockages in pipes and drains and prevents further tree root damage.

Watch this 1.58 min YouTube clip of the inside of a sewer pipe to see how tree roots cause blockages. Don’t worry it won’t spoil your lunch!