A winter’s tale
Ahh, winter. The perfect season for cosying up around a roaring fire, popping a roast in the oven and inviting friends and a family over for a lazy Sunday lunch. It might be blowing a gale and raining outside, but inside, it’s all good.
Until your drain pipes decide to overflow that is…
There’s absolutely nothing guaranteed to spoil the ambiance more quickly than the waft of sewerage as it seeps into your garden and the panic of an emergency call out to your plumber.
Blocked pipes are, without a doubt, one of the most troublesome, inconvenient and most expensive plumbing problems you’ll ever experience at your property. They are usually caused by waste that has been inappropriately disposed of down your kitchen sink or toilet or by tree roots in your sewer pipes.
Roots in pipes, in particular, are an ongoing problem you can do without.
How to remove roots
There are a number of steps you can take to remedy the problem.
Firstly, if you still have old earthenware plumbing pipes on your property, you should consider replacing them with new PVC plumbing pipes.
However, if you don’t want to go to expense of changing your outdated sewer pipes right now, Longbeach Plumbing offers a range of cost-effective solutions to remove the roots from your drain pipes and keep them clear and free flowing.
Smile, you’re on CCTV
The increase in the use of pipe cameras over recent years has taken all the guess work out of drain clearing. A CCTV drain camera inspection allows us to discover exactly where the blockage is and what’s caused it, so we can recommend the right course of action.
More often than not, we’ll then use an electric eel or jetter to remove the build-up of roots.
This will have the immediate effect of allowing your blocked pipes to flow freely, but unfortunately the remedy doesn’t stop there. Just like pruning a tree, the extremely action of sewer cleaning promotes the regrowth of the roots and this time they’ll grow back thicker and more vigorously than before.
That’s why we’ll usually recommend a course of Sanafoam Vaporooter to maintain your newly clear pipes.
What is Vaporooter?
Vaporooter is a foam-based herbicide formulated to keep root growth out of your pipes. It works by penetrating the root cell walls and bursting them, causing the root to die and decay.
A preventative servicing plan using Vaporooter will help you to avoid the inconvenience of further drain blockages and inconvenient, expensive and embarrassing raw sewage overflows.
Talk to us today about removing roots from your blocked pipes and keeping them out.

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