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Yearly Archives: 2011

Sewer snake is an Anaconda

Last week we removed this large tree root from a drain in Kingsford Sydney. In fact, it was a tree root anaconda, measuring 6.3 metres long and it had completely blocked the pipeline. After removing the tree root from the pipeline and carrying out a “Drainoscopy” to determine there was nothing else wrong, our client elected to have Vaporooter sewer root...

Nightmare Christmas…will this happen to you?

Christmas is fast approaching… …and I’ll let you in on a little “trade secret”… …that I guarantee will make me very unpopular with a lot of emergency plumbers!     You see, Christmas tends to be a busy time for emergency plumbers getting called out to deal with blocked drains caused by tree roots!   Why?  Well when you think...

Summer brings mysterious outbreak of blocked drains across Sydney suburbs…

…as well as NSW and the rest of Australia. With summer now here and the weather getting warmer… …there is one BIG PROBLEM that rears its ugly head at this time of the year. Mysteriously, there is often a surge in the number of cases of blocked drains and clogged sewer pipes. Some years it’s so bad, you can rightly...

A tale of two drains

These 2 sewer drain  pipes with their lids removed are taking the discharge from neighbouring properties. They are surrounded by different species of large trees. Tree roots are growing into the sewer pipe through the pipe joints The drain on the left belongs to a client who, after many years of tree root blockages to her sewer pipes, grew tired of...

Protecting Your Pipes And Drains From Tree Roots

If you’ve ever had to deal with tree root blocking your plumbing, you know that it’s an experience that no one would want to have twice. Drain back up leads to health hazards and removing tree root blockages can be costly. Many home and business owners attempt to prevent future root intrusion through pipe maintenance and preventative measures. Much of...

Tree Roots in Pipe And Drain Joints

So, how did the tree roots get into your plumbing in the first place? Pipe Joints - Protect Them With Vaporooter It’s possible that the three roots found their way in through a damaged pipe or a weak spot in your plumbing system. Most likely, they first infiltrated through pipe joints, which are one of the weakest spots in the...

Tree Root Blockage Basics

Has this happened to you? You notice that your sinks are draining slowly so you call a plumber. After some examination your plumber tells you that you don’t have an ordinary drain blockage. He says that tree roots are growing in your pipes. What does that mean? Well- here’s a little of why it happened, and what you can expect....

Applying Root Foam To Pipes And Drains

Root foam kills small root masses, inhibits future root growth and reinforces pipes. It’s low impact on the environment and reduced toxicity make root foam an ideal option for home and business owners plagued by tree roots blocking pipes. This is one of those ‘don’t try this at home’ situations. Unless you’re a qualified plumber, DO NOT attempt to use...

Tree Root Inhibiting Chemical Foam – Vaporooter

If you have roots blocking your pipes, it’s likely that you plumber will recommend a substance called tree root foam to clear your plumbing. If the root obstruction is too dense, your plumber may recommend mechanical removal of some roots before the foam is applied. The thought of adding chemicals to plumbing that carries your water is a scary one....