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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

Vaporooter stops tree roots in drains

In Melbourne tree roots in sewer pipes are the most common reason why many sewers block up. Roots enter sewer pipes through cracks or loose joints. Over half of the tree roots in Melbourne’s sewer system enter through house connection drains which are the property owners reasonably.

Longbeach Plumbing maintains sewers in the Melbourne’s suburbs by using a three step process:

1. Routinely removing roots using of hydro jetting.

2. Systematically inspecting street sewers using drain camera to identify structural defects and rehabilitate or replace structurally deficient sewers.

3. Treating tree roots in sewers with Sanafoam Vaporooter

What Causes Roots to Grow in Pipes?

The soil around a sewer or drain is loose due to the excavation required to lay the drain this, enables the tree roots to grow towards the water vapour that escapes through cracks or loose joints in sewer pipes. Once the tap tree root has reached the drain, it will penetrate through cracks, loose joints or any openings in sewer pipes.

The tree roots will continue to grow and fill the pipe to create a root mass that can become matted with grease, paper and other solid matter. This is what eventually causes a blocked sewer.

As roots continue to grow within a pipe, they begin to expand and exert pressure at their point of entry. This can result in a collapsed sewer. Collapsed sewers can be expensive to fix or replace.

Signs that a sewer is blocked include slow flowing drains, gurgling sounds from a toilet bowl and wet areas around washing machine floor drains. A pipe that is not cleared will become completely blocked and may rupture.

Vitrified Clay pipes in Melbourne are susceptible to tree roots

Certain pipe material is more resistant to root intrusion than others. Rubber ringed Vitrified clay pipes, for example, are more susceptible to root penetration and damage when compared with cast iron or DWV pipes that have fewer and more tightly fitted joints.

What can be done to combat the tree root problem in Melbourne

The most common method to remove roots from sewer pipes is to use sewer machine and or with commercial herbicides that kill roots. Do not, however, use copper sulphate and sodium hydroxide because although these chemicals kill roots, they do not prevent regrowth and will most like kill the tree. A more up-to-date method used to clear sewer blockages is to pump a sanafoam vaporooter, through the pipe to have a 364 day guarantee. Longbeach Plumbing is a licensed applicator of Sanafoam Vaporooter. It is a non systemic herbicide that will not kill the tree.

Firefighters pull ‘scared and hungry’ kitten from drainage pipe

By KATU.com StaffPublished: Sep 17, 2012 at 8:35 AM PDTLast Updated: Sep 17, 2012 at 1:09 PM PDT
PORTLAND, Ore. – Firefighters used shovels, a plumbing company’s tiny camera and other equipment in a delicate rescue that saved a furry victim from an uncertain fate Sunday evening.
Portland Fire and Rescue crews were called to a home near NE 118th and NE Sandy Boulevard at about 7:30 p.m. after they said a homeowner reported hearing a kitten calling for help in the walls of a basement.
Firefighters said Apollo Drain and Rooter Service workers joined in the rescue effort after firefighters determined the stranded feline was in one of four deep drainage pipes.
Using the plumbers “snake camera,” firefighters found which pipe the cat was in. They started digging but still could not reach the tiny cat.
Crews then began pumping air into the pipe from the opposite end and said the cat slowly worked it’s way back to the opening.
Six hours after the rescue effort began and with the enticement of a bit of sausage, firefighter Scott Pearson was able to free the kitten, which firefighters named “Champ.”
“It was scared and hungry”, Pearson said, “but I’m sure that it was glad to be out of that dark, damp hole.”
The Oregon Humane Society is now caring for Champ. Employees there estimate she’s about three weeks old.
David Lytle with the humane society said Champ is a Tabby/Tortoise Shell mix. She does not have any injuries from her six-hour ordeal.
She is very friendly and purring a lot, Lytle said.
Champ will be available for adoption in about a month after she gains enough weight to be spayed.

Angie's advice: Listen to your drains for sounds of sewer problems

Written by

Angie Hicks

The average homeowner likely knows that sewer lines help transport wastewater from the home to underground mains. Other than that, most homeowners probably don’t think about what goes on in their sewer lines.
When there’s a problem, though, homeowners must take notice. A sewer line clog could lead to raw sewage backing up out of the drains, which could lead to significant damage.
Homeowners who understand and respond to early warnings can stave off severe sewer issues. The most common red flags are water backing up out of a drain or toilet, or a gurgling sound coming from the drains.
“Your house is basically going to talk to you,” said Tammy Sims, senior technician with R&S Sewer Cleaning in Indianapolis. “If you notice that when you’re done with the washing machine, the toilets start percolating — it sounds like a coffee pot — or you’ll get water around the floor drain in the basement, that’s one of the first telltale signs.”
Clogs can occur in the main sewer line or a secondary line, Sims said.
“Your house is basically set up like a tree,” Sims said. “You have one main trunk line that runs out of the house and then you have all these small branches off of that.
“If the clog is in the main line, that means any water you run in the house will cause problems. If it’s a secondary line, it’s just going to be isolated to that secondary problem.”
Tree roots are the primary cause of sewer line clogs, especially in older homes, with feminine hygiene products, paper towels and even certain types of thicker toilet paper a common source of clogging in newer homes.
“A lot of people have broken-down drains in the ground that have tree roots in them,” said Jay Bedell, of Bedell Plumbing in Carmel. “That would be the number-one reason why people have drain problems.”
Sewer companies typically will run a cable through the clog in an effort to clear it. If they can’t find the problem, many companies will recommend a camera inspection.
“A lot of companies out there now do that as a way to find work,” Bedell said. “They’ll inspect your sewer to (seek out) problems, not to help you, but to help themselves. We’ll run a cable through it with a cutting device on it to try to open the drain first.”
If you get a clog in your home, Sims said, it’s important to shut the water off at the source or at the main if it’s a main line clog. Homeowners who have access to their sewer cleanout line, can remove the cleanout cap. The cleanout line is typically a short, round white pipe with a rubber cap in the yard near the house.”
“Taking that cap off will relieve the pressure in the house and you’ll have water come up outside instead of in the house,” Sims said.
Bedell has one easy recommendation.
“Fill sinks to the top and then drain them once or twice a month,” Bedell said. “That (water pressure) will help ensure you have proper flow through the pipes and move out any waste that’s sitting in the line.”

Water and sewer officials said cooking grease is behind overflow

Water and sewer officials said cooking grease is behind overflow
6,800+ gallons of water spilled into creek
Updated: Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012, 6:08 PM CDT
Published : Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012, 1:43 PM CDT

  • Steve Alexander

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – There was a nasty problem in west Mobile Tuesday some said could have been prevented.
Mobile Area Water and Sewer System, or MAWSS, officials are blaming another sewage overflow on a grease blockage.
Crews were working Wednesday afternoon in a neighborhood near Skyline Drive North and Theodore Dawes Road.
An estimated 6800 gallons of wastewater overflowed from a manhole because of a suspected grease blockage.
There were concerns the wastewater had flowed into nearby Rabbit Creek.
Barbara Shaw with MAWSS said, “Grease started building in the sewer line until a blockage formed.  The sewer water had no place to go, except through a manhole. And, once it left the manhole, it found its way into a storm drain.”
Fortunately, crews said the wastewater just collected, and didn’t make it into Rabbit Creek.
Water officials said that’s a good thing because, Shaw said, “We’re talking about untreated waste water.”
MAWSS administrators said all this might be unnecessary, if people recycled grease instead of pouring it down kitchen sinks.
They said the grease is supposed to go in containers, which can be left at their headquarters, or other locations around the Mobile area.
Shaw said, “Pick up a free container, put the grease in it, and return it.  When its full, get another.”
And, the water and sewer department said a lot more people are doing this, year after year.
According to Shaw, “When we first started this program in 2006, we had 51 overflows reaching water. This year, we have 14.”
MAWSS hopes the numbers will keep improving.
MAWSS gives out grease recycling containers at locations throughout the city as part of their “It’s Easy to be Ungreasy,” campaign. The containers are free, but a website for the program says you can use your own leak-proof container as well.

Don’t let this happen to you

Sewage forces couple from home.
Yahoo!7 July 24, 2012, 12:50 pm
A Tweed Heads couple say they have been forced to live in a motel and accuse their council of refusing to take responsibility for raw sewage flooding their home.
Neil Smith and Linda Clarke say they have been homeless for over four weeks after their entire dwelling was flooded with human faeces.
“I opened the door and the dogs were all jumping around and wet. It wasn’t until I stepped into the room that I comprehended what had happened,” Ms Clarke told News Limited.
“I was gobsmacked. I didn’t know what to do, it was surreal.
“When the water dissipated it left behind what was basically diarrhoea and toilet paper.”
The couple, who have lived in their house since purchasing it in 2006, say the state of their house resembled a crime scene while cleaners took a week to mop up the mess.
“It was like a CSI show. The cleaners were in one-piece suits and wearing protection masks,” Mr Smith said.
“All we’ve been left with is the ceilings, outer walls and the frame.”
“The only thing was on the day before we heard a glugging noise coming from the toilet, so we poured a bottle of disinfectant down it.
“It was obviously the start of something but otherwise we have had no problems in the six years we’ve lived here.
The couple will meet with Council geenral manager David Keenan next week, who says the matter is in the hands of insurers.
“Council is in the process of meeting with the family involved in order to sort out the issues involved with this incident,” Mr Keenan said.
“The matter is also being addressed by the insurance companies acting on behalf of both parties.”

Vaporooter still going strong.

Still the one
You might have noticed that the team at Longbeach Plumbing are big fans of a little product called Vaporooter.
That’s because we believe it’s the most effective root inhibitor on the market today.
But did you know that Vaporooter is no new-comer to the world of blocked pipes?
For more than more than 40 years, Vaporooter has been the go-to solution for sewer cleaning for both the domestic and municipal markets.
We thought you might like to know a bit more about this amazing product and why it’s still the best way to remove roots from your blocked pipes and keep them out.
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.
It contains a root inhibitor that attaches itself to any organic material inside the pipe and sterilises the soil wherever roots have previously gained entry. It’s safe to use in your garden – in fact, its main ingredients are also found in herbicides that are used to control weeds around food crops.
Back to its roots
Vaporooter was developed in 1967 when the County of Sacramento in California decided to seek outside help for the area’s increasing tree root damage to sewers.
City and county officials called on botanist Oliver Leonard at The University of California-Davis to conduct a study to determine why their cutting efforts of sewer roots were not successful and to find an alternative to rid their infrastructure of roots in pipes once and for all. The county’s records noted that frequent cutting was only making the problem worse, causing the roots to reappear thicker and stronger than before the cut.
In the end, the researchers found that the physical environment within a sewer is an ideal growth environment for roots. Since the mechanical root cutting only intensified the problem, the use of chemical treatments was chosen as an alternative solution.
After testing various ingredients, scientists discovered a unique chemical that’s very effective at killing roots without harming the plant itself. It dissipates quickly without leaving any harmful residue behind and, when combined with a second compound, inhibits root regrowth.
Vaporooter was patented and went on to become one of the world’s most effective formulae for unblocking pipes, eliminating roots and preventing re-growth for years to come.
Still going strong
Fast forward forty years and today Vaporooter is used successfully to unblock drains in both domestic and commercial applications throughout the world.
With a proven product and continued development, and by keeping their eyes open to the latest trends in controlling roots in pipes, the company has been able to maintain its position as the market leader in root inhibitor products.
Talk to us today about removing roots from your blocked pipes and keeping them out.

Longbeach Plumbing tips to minimise the risk of sewer blockages

1.      If you have an insinkorator use Bio Clean regularly on the sink and other fixtures to prevent blockages, refer to a web page on Bio clean
2.      Do not put sanitary products, paper towelling, flush plastics, fabrics, motor oil, petrol, solvents, paints, or any non-biodegradable products into the sewer.
3.      Do not plant large trees on top of underground sewer lines. Longbeach Plumbing can locate the precise position and depth of stormwater and sewer lines or apply Sanafoam vaporooter to the sewer line if the tree is already established.
4.      Put cooking fat, oil and grease in the bin, not the of down the kitchen sink.
5.      Put coffee grindings in the bin.
6.      Do not cover or block any external grates or overflow relief gullies.
7.      Longbeach Plumbing is a approved applicator of sanafoam vaporooter which provides a 364 day guarantee against sewer blockages from tree roots in the sewer refer to a web page on vaporooter

Hyrdo jetting nozzle

Longbeach Plumbing uses many different jetting nozzles when clearing blocked drains .
The footage shows a warthog nozzle in action.
It is a great nozzles for preparing sewers from treatment with Vaporooter

Vaporooter for a 24/7 x 52 week guarantee

Longbeach Plumkbing recommend that Vaporooter be applied to your sewer six-eight weeks after your sewer lines have been hydro-jetted  jetted, to let the tree roots to re-grow sufficiently for sanafoam vaporooter 11 to be applied.
Further remedy should to be scheduled annually to continue the 24/7 x 52 week guarantee. This will remove any additional hydro -jetting & cctv surveying your sewer line .
Regular use of Sanafoam Vaporooter II will overcome the inconvenience of tree root blockages and unhygienic sewage overflows that typically happen at the most sudden occasions, like on weekends, the household BBQ or even Xmas day! No one likes to pay overtime rates when the situation could be controlled.
Longbeach plumbinig will clear the blockage, if the blockage is brought on by live tree roots they will re-deal with the line. The callout, blockage clearance and the re-treatment method will be cost-free of charge.
Longbeach Plumbing is ready to come by your household resolve your difficult plumbing problems Call us on 0412 260 474