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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...

Tree roots don’t like wet feet

Even though tree roots get into pipes seeking water, they don't like to be in the water all the time. Excavated soil allows the fine tree roots to move along the top of and into 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...

Tree roots enter pipes through the joints

Clay sewer pipes are a great opportunity for tree roots to get in your pipeline. These pipes are usually 2-3 foot or 600-900mm long. In a 30 metre (100ft.) 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 roots into your...

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...

Neighbours tree roots in your pipes

Tree roots growing under the fence is multiplying the number of over the fence disputes between neighbours. As trees mature, their roots spread and sometimes, go under fences and into neighbouring properties sewer pipes. Periods of no rain will see tree root systems spread in all directions in their search. Many homeowners without a single tree on their property will...

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...

Tree root Poonami closes Coogee beach

Sydney Australia has many world famous beaches. Yesterday morning, April 14th 2016, one of her crown jewels, Coogee Beach, had to be closed after a Sydney Water sewer main in nearby Dudley Street had a blockage that overflowed into the Randwick City council stormwater drains. [caption id="attachment_330" align="alignleft" width="300"] Daily Telegraph 2016 04 14[/caption] The blockage was caused by tree...

Vaporooter Helps Strata Prevent $40,000 Sewer Replacement

Location: Clovelly, Sydney Occupants: Mostly women over 40. 2 with teenage children. Home: Block of four 2 bedroom flats 2 up, 2 down circa 1920 Trees in Vicinity: Tree lined Street, many Hills Weeping Fig (Ficus Microcarpa Var.) large In total we have billed this client $9,772.00 for tree root cutting and repairs. In March 2010, they have finally indicated...

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...