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Vaporooter in Melbourne

Longbeach Plumbing uses a non-systemic chemical root control in Melbourne’s Metropolitan area to control tree roots in sewer drains. As the sewer system ages tree

Blocked kitchen sink?

Blocked kitchen drain? Longbeach plumbing regularly clears drains where there has been build up of grease in drains, that has caused a major blockage in

Sewer smoke test by Longbeach Plumbing

Longbeach Plumbing has been trading in the Bayside area of Melbourne for over 40 years. One of the reoccurring enquires we encounter is a foul odours emanating into property, either in or around the sanitary system. Often the fault is easy resolved, by identifying a broken sewer pipe, a disconnected fixture or dried out fixture trap. However, there occasion that the issue requires further investigation. One of the method we using is a smoke test. By infusing smoke into the sewerage system fracture, cracks and other faults can easily be identified. The video footage shows a leaking gatic cover lid in bayside Melbourne. After identifying the fault, the lid was resealed and odour dissipated .

Vaporooter in Melbourne

Longbeach Plumbing uses a non-systemic chemical root control in Melbourne’s Metropolitan area to control tree roots in sewer drains. As the sewer system ages tree roots continuously invade Melbourne’s sewers, the weaker sections of the sewer system allow tree root ingress into the drains which then block up and Melbournian’s are left with the after hour call outs and sewerage overflows. Most Melbournian’s have tried the common methods for maintaining a sewer, typically root cutting, which is time consuming, expensive and can actually make the problem worse by accelerating the tree root regrowth & it doesn’tcome with guaranteed job either. Longbeach Plumbing has been providing Melbournian’s with a 12 month vaporooter guarantee when the sewer has been treatment with Sanfoam vaporooter, by Longbeach Plumbing. Sanafoam vaporooter combines metam sodium and dichlobenil in a foam additive, which makes it is possible to deliver a non-systemic chemical to the invading tree roots in drains, throughout the sewer system and provide a 12 month guarantees again blockages caused by tree roots. Metam sodium penetrates root cells, killing the root within the drain without harming the plants and trees above ground. Dichlobenil lines the drain walls, joints to prevent re-growth from blocking drain. Longbeach Plumbing has Sanafoam Vaporooter clients throughout Melbourne

Vaporooter in Melbourne If you have tree…

Vaporooter in Melbourne
If you have tree roots in your sewer line in South Eastern Melbourne Metropolitan area, including Melbourne CBD, the inner Melbourne, Bayside suburbs. Longbeach Beach Plumbing will guaranteed that Vaporooter will kill the roots on contact and prevent them from blocking your sewer drains. Longbeach Plumbing uses a mini jetter cut through your roughest tree root problems. If you call Longbeach Plumbing you will discover how we can help you with your sewer line and tree root issues today:
• Vaporooter Specialists in Melbourne
With the help of Longbeach Plumbing, you can be sure that you are working with the Melbourne drain and sewer professionals, with the expertise to deal and wide range of tree root issue in your pipes. One of our best solutions is the application of Vaporooter to your drain and sewer pipes. Vaporooter is a non systemic herbicide formulation applied as foam. It will kill roots in the sewer system without harming plant life. It kills the roots in the drain, in the drain wall and just outside the drain. Vaporooter’s job is simply to stop tree root incursions to the sewer or drain pipe where they are causing the issues.
• Drain & Sewer survey report’s in Melbourne
When a drain or sewer needs investigation, Longbeach Plumbing may choose to use our advanced CCTV drain camera system’s to survey the pipes from the inside and get to the bottom of the problem. This system saves lots of time and money by identifying the location of a break or blockages without any excavation. If digging is required, it can be kept to a minimum by first identifying the source of the problem. Longbeach Plumbing uses the best equipment that other company’s do not have.
• Preventative Maintenance
Using Vaporooter to your Melbourne home or Bayside property’s drains can also help reduce future growth and prevent unnecessary damage to your pipes on an on-going basis, Preventative maintenance is performed while the asset’s are still working order, so that it does not fail unexpectedly.
• Save on Vaporooter
Using Vaporooters can save you money, and choosing the Longbeach Plumbing for drain or sewer maintenance is the best thing that you can do.
Call Longbeach Plumbing today and ask about Vaporooter in Melbourne! 0412 260474

Why use Sanafoam Vaporooter ? Longbeach …

Why use Sanafoam Vaporooter ?
Longbeach Plumbing finds that Sanafoam Vaporooter is essential part of their maintenance of sewer pipes. It is used by Longbeach Plumbing as an approved applicator, as an effective method of stopping of tree roots ingress to sewer pipes.
What is a Sanafoam Vaporooter?
Sanafoam Vaporooter is a method of controlling root ingress to the sewer system.
Drain pipes and sewer pipes are laid underground where they can be accessed by aggressive tree roots. Tree roots are strong and cracking open a sewer pipe is not a difficult task for them. The soil in a trench is softer then the soil that surrounds the trench and the sewer pipes emits humidity which attracts the growing tree roots. After which, they get even more attracted to the water in the pipes and start growing denser. This results in blocked sewers as the tree roots obstruct the flow of effluent.
Plumbers, typically suggest using a water jet or an electric eel and using this will definitely clear some or all roots, depending upon the skill of the plumber. The cutting the tree roots is the same a pruning the tree, it encourages regrowth . This is the start of a costly and unavoidable cycle you get trapped into.
Sanafoam Vaporooter stops this cycle.
Sanafoam Vaporooter works with the use of a combination of non systemic herbicides that are released into the sewer pipe suspended in foam agent, which then kills the roots that are inside the sewer only, leaving the tree unharmed and the sewer blockage free !
Sanafoam Vaporooter should be used within six to eight weeks of a clearance of your sewage system. And annually to prevent reoccurring sewer blockages. It’s a smart cost effective way to prevent effluent overflow and costly after hour call outs.

TREE ROOTS AND SEWERS credit to Yarra Valley Water


Over 75% of all sewer blockages are caused by tree roots finding their way into our sewer pipes.

Working in the streetTrees are beautiful, shady and provide valuable shelter for local fauna, but their root systems can have a devastating effect on your sewer pipes. Planted too close to the sewer, your beautiful tree could one day end up becoming a very costly and messy problem.

How do tree roots get into the sewer?

Tree roots grow in search of water and nutrients, which makes sewers a prime target. If planted too close, a tiny fracture or small gap in the join of two sewer pipes could be wide enough for a single hair-like tree root to pass through. Once inside, a mass of roots can form and eventually lead to a sewer blockage.

What can I do?

The most effective step is prevention, as once tree roots get into the system, pipes can become damaged and require costly repairs.
We recommend:

Who is responsible for fixing the problem?

You are responsible for any repair, replacement or maintenance for the pipes and fittings within your property until after the connection point to Yarra Valley Water’s pipes (usually near your property boundary).

We suggest that the following Plants no closer than 2 metres to a sewer pipe

Acacia buxifolia Box-leaved Wattle Brachychiton populneus Kurrajong Euonymus Japonica Evergreen Spindle Tree Malus (species) Flowering Crabapples
Acacia melanoxylon Blackwood Callistemon citrinus Crimson Bottlebrush Ficus pumila Creeping Fig Pittosporum revoluta Brisbane Laurel
Acer pseudoplatanus Sycamore Eucalyptus calophylla ‘Rosea’ Pink Marri Genista tinctoria Broom Pittosporum undulatum Sweet Pittosporum
Alnus jorrulensis Evergreen Alder Eucalyptus falcata White Mallee Jacaranda spp. Jacaranda Australian Pyracantha (species)
Banksia ericifolia Heath Banksia Eucalyptus goniocalyx Long-leaved Box Liquidambar styraciflua Liquidambar,
Sweet Gum
Banksia occidentalis Water Bush Eucalyptus largiflorens River Box, Black Box Logerstroemia indica Pink Crepe Myrtle
Betula pendula (B. alba) Silver Birch Eucalyptus pruinosa Silver Box Nerium oeander Oleander

Plant no closer than 4 metres to a sewer pipe

Angophora costata Smooth-barked Apple Myrtle Fraxinus excelsior “Aurea” Golden Ash Sophora japonica Pagoda Tree
Betula pendula Silver Birch Melaleauca armillaris Bracelet Honeymyrtle Sorbus aucuparia Rowan, Mountain Ash
Eucalyptus cinerea Argyle Apple M. styphelioides Prickly Paperbark Wisteria sinensis Chinese Wisteria

Blocked kitchen sink?

Blocked kitchen drain? Longbeach plumbing regularly clears drains where there has been build up of grease in drains, that has caused a major blockage in the sewer system, (especially in commercial situations e.g. Restaurants.). Grease solidifies once it cools, it becomes rock hard and will prevent the drain from flowing. Longbeach Plumbing uses Grease Release which is a specially formulated non toxic liquid. It penetrates even the hardest grease build ups, breaks down the grease particles and prevents them from sticking to each other. This forms a grease sludge which can now be removed from the drain. There five steps 1. The greasy waste is cleaned with high pressure water. 2. Once the drain is partially flowing, Longbeach Plumbing introduces Grease Release to the high pressure water. 3. The Grease release is left to soak in and breakdown the grease inside the drain. 4. Once the Grease Release has done its job, a final high pressure clean removes all the grease sludge. 5. The drain is cleaned again annually with Grease Release to prevent any further grease build up. Grease trap prior to being pumped out and treated with grease release

Sanafoam vaporooter 11fromTrenchless Australasia — June 2005

Sewer root control with Sanafoam Vaporooter II


Trenchless Australasia — June 2005

Treating sewer lines with Sanafoam Vaporooter foaming sewer root inhibitor to control tree root penetration reduces customer inconvenience, decreases maintenance costs and extends the life of the collection asset. Marshall Horne from RSP Environmental Services provided this account of his experience with Sanafoam Vaporooter.
Currently in use by over 80 authorities in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia is the application of Sanafoam Vaporooter II, the original and most successful sewer root herbicide. It is designed to kill existing roots and retard regrowth for up to three years.
Vaporooter is the most cost-effective technology for maintaining sewer systems against tree root intrusion without harming trees, plant life or pipes. When used according to recommended operation guidelines it will not harm waste water treatment plants. Vaporooter is a combination of herbicides, placed in sewer lines as foam for the purpose of eliminating roots and preventing further destruction of sewer pipes caused by live tree root infestation. Only roots within the pipe, in the pipe wall and a short distance outside the pipe are affected. Trees and shrubs immediately above the pipe are not harmed.
Foam is used to carry the main ingredients, Metham Sodium (herbicide), and Dichlobenil (growth inhibiting agent) to the root mass because a root mass usually enters at the top and sides of a pipe, forming a vale or tale type structure. This application process ensures the pipe is full of foam so the roots will come into good contact with the Vaporooter ingredients.
A jetting truck is used to clean the roots to achieve the best root surface contact with Vaporooter. The foam generating equipment is crucial for achieving the best results from the herbicidal foam. Applying Vaporooter through certified foam maker and jetting equipment allows for total control of the quality of the foam.
This proven application method eliminates the need to cut roots before the application of Vaporooter and during the guarantee period. The very act of cutting roots, while necessary to clear blockages, promotes thicker and more vigorous root regrowth. For this reason root cutting should be a last resort.
If root growth in the pipe is very high, constricting the flow of the foam, root cutting should be undertaken a minimum of six weeks prior to foam treatment to allow the roots to start to grow. The fine white root regrowth is highly susceptible to the Vaporooter ingredients.
After a Vaporooter treatment, the roots die, become septic and soft, and then drop off into the flow. This allows ground pressure to close the cracks created by expanded roots and help reduce infiltration and exfiltration. The end result is a healthier environment, a longer lasting sewer asset, reduced maintenance and operating costs and a more efficient treatment operation.
Years of field-testing has shown the manufacturers of Sanafoam Vaporooter the combination of the three ingredients, Metham Sodium, Dichlobenil and Sanafoam are the formula for success in root control. Substitution of any one of the ingredients greatly reduces the overall efficiency of the product. With over 30 years of rigorous testing and engineering, Sanafoam Vaporooter has become recognised as the most effective form of root control available today.
Once lines are treated with Vaporooter they should left undisturbed for a period of not less than six months, so that the biological disintegration of the root masses can take place. This process will kill roots immediately but they rot and drop off over a period of time. You will not get a gun barrel clean pipe immediately after foaming. This result will come over a period of time. Pipes should be retreated prior to the expiry of the three year guarantee. Retreatment has a cumulative effect on retarding root growth.
Vaporooter is a pro-active tool used in conjunction with other tools and methods to reduce blockages and damage to your sewer asset caused by live tree roots. An ongoing treatment program will significantly reduce blockage rates. A number of current users of the product are prepared to share their experiences of an ongoing Vaporooter program
Sanafoam Vaporooter is registered with the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) for the application of root control in sewers. It is non-systemic and will not harm trees, is biodegradable and is slowly volatilised in the sewer and is low in toxicity and non-acidic. The main ingredients of Sanafoam Vaporooter are used on cereal and fruit crops for the control of weeds.
Branch Line applications
Branch lines are one of the main points of entry for roots into mainline sewers. Now authorities can apply Vaporooter to branch lines and small sections of mains with the Drainchem Minifoamer. Using a hose with an inflatable bladder inserted into the boundary shaft, the foam is pumped to the reticulation line. The minifoamer generates the foam and pumps it into the sewer and up to 25 branch lines can be treated per day by one employee. Targeting branch lines can reduce mainline sewer blockages.
Sanafoam Vaporooter is guaranteed to kill all roots in every sewer treated and to eliminate main line stoppages caused by live tree roots. If a treated sewer blocks due to live tree roots during the guarantee period, the applicator will retreat that section at their own expense. This guarantee applies to sewer stoppages caused by live tree roots. It does not apply to stoppages caused by grease or other foreign matter, flat, collapsed or deformed pipe, or flooding caused by surcharged or plugged sewer section downstream from a guaranteed sewer section. This guarantee applies to main line sewer section only. The cause of the blockage is at the sole discretion of the asset manager and RSP Environmental Services will agree as to the cause of the blockage with the asset engineer.

Appeared in issue: Trenchless Australasia — June 2005

Protecting the Yarra must be a priority …

Protecting the Yarra must be a priority

The Age Editorial

November 5, 2014
On visiting Melbourne in 1893, James Goudie wrote that, even after all he had seen in Europe, this was “one of the finest cities”. The Scottish traveller was much taken by the beauty and sophistication of the Botanic Gardens, by the fine civic buildings and ornate mansions of Melbourne, but he held grave reservations about the river that ran through it. The Yarra, he said, was “the filthiest piece of water I ever had the misfortune to be afloat on”.
Were he to return to this city now, Mr Goudie would scarcely know his way around. Certainly some of the most glorious boom-era buildings still line the streets, and treasures such as the Botanic Gardens have been lovingly curated through generations. The city’s skyline, though, has soared, its suburbs stretch forever and, importantly, the river has changed – so much for the better.
The Yarra today is healthier than it was 120 years ago, when bureaucracy, corruption and apathy left it a cesspool choked with sewage, weeds, animal carcasses, chemicals and heavy metals. It is still not “clean”; its waters should not be drunk, and swimmers risk contracting infections. But Melbourne has turned its face to the river. Its banks are now lined with parks and bicycle paths, and Melburnians are more aware of the need to care for this vital artery.
At The Age, we like to take some credit for this. Back in the 1860s, The Age issued a feisty call for “a pure Yarra in the interests of the Collingwood and Richmond working classes, and not from the viewpoint of the southside elite who live on the opposite bank”. And in 1980, we launched the Give the Yarra a Go campaign to restore the river to the people of Melbourne. We urged government and municipal authorities to recognise their responsibilities to clean the river and preserve it as a recreational gem for all citizens.
Today, the Yarra’s city banks are lined with arts venues and cafes, it is a place of walking, cycling, sitting, watching and being seen. The south bank is a great promenade. Barely 100 metres upstream, and the river becomes a haven for quiet contemplation. Venture further, and it becomes a thread of natural wonders, of small silences, with the scent of eucalyptus around every bend.
For all that, the river is at risk of being loved to death. Multistorey apartment blocks are being built close to the water’s edge in the inner eastern suburbs, and landowners on both riverbanks are grasping every possible metre for their own. The danger with such intense development is that hard surfaces, such as concrete and stone, plus access roads for cars, lead to increased stormwater run-off. Unless it is properly managed, there is an increased risk of pollutants, such as oil, zinc and copper, flowing into the river.
The not-for-profit Yarra Riverkeeper Association warns this is already happening. It wants proper environmental management of the areas around riverside apartment and housing complexes to ensure there is optimal filtration of stormwater before it flows into the river. Water quality is also jeopardised by faecal contamination from leaking septic systems upriver, and from premises in inner suburbs that have illegally connected sewerage systems to stormwater drains.
The Yarra Riverkeeper Association is urging political parties in this election to consider regulations for all new developments to recycle or infiltrate stormwater and reduce the risk of pollutants. It wants planning controls tightened to stop degradation of the river environment, and it wants parties to consider water management policies aimed at restoring the river’s natural flows. These proposals are worthy of consideration, especially mandatory stormwater filtration systems. While it is quaint that Melbourne has a riverkeeper, who patrols the Yarra by boat, the entire community must do much more to improve the Yarra. We owe it to future generations to be the best keepers of the river.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/the-age-editorial/protecting-the-yarra-must-be-a-priority-20141105-3jm6r.html#ixzz3I9kvmSQP

Blocked stormwater drain

The footage shows how a simple blocked storm water drain can undermine the surrounding assets with the stormwater discharging into the subsoil to cause major damage.
Longbeach Plumbing uses a drain camera to indentify the condition of the drains and located any potential blockages or fractures.We then can provide a quotation to repair the drain.

Prevention is best

Prevention is the best cure for inconvenient sewer overflows due to blocked drains.
The smell from the effluent from a blocked sewer is a magnet flies & bacteria which can also pose a health risk. Numerous of factors that contribute towards sewer blockages, and more often than not they are the result of months of build up.
There are however warning signals that a blocked drain is looming, which if indentified early prevent after hour call outs.

  1. Foul odours are potentially a sign of blockages.
  2. Traps syphoning out of fixtures.
  3. Sucking & gurgling are sounds associated with blockages
  4. Sanitary fixtures with water not draining clear.
  5. Overflowing of internal or exterior gully grates IS shafts and vents.
  6. Debris around gully grates.

It is often the most obvious things that are the biggest offenders;

  1. Excessive toilet paper is one of the most common causes of blockages on public or high use toilet facilities.
  2. The disposal of nappy liners and sanitary items down toilets.
  3. Fat, grease and oil, stick to the insides of drains and solidify to cause an obstruction in the sewer.
  4. Tree roots are common causes for sewer blockages which in turn damaged pipe work.
  5. Hair slipping down shower drains and basins creates drain blockages.

Longbeach plumbing has varity of solutions to the clear blockages using Air guns, Sewer machines, Hydro jetters , CCTV drain cameras, Bio clean , Vaporooter are just a few of the methods used to keep drains clear.
Call us on 0412 26 74