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Why are plumbers called Plumbers ?

The word “plumber” originates from the Latin term “plumbum,” which translates to “lead.” This connection between the occupation and the Latin word can be traced

Why choose vaporooter in Australia

Choosing Vaporooter as a solution to stop sewer blockages can be beneficial for several reasons. Here are ten reasons why Vaporooter may be a suitable

Vaporooter, a cost efficent solution.

Maintaining a efficient sewer system is crucial for the smooth operation of any residential or commercial property. When faced with stubborn blockages, property owners often

How tree roots enter Sewers

Tree roots can enter sewer pipes in a number of ways, and it’s important to understand these entry points in order to prevent root blockages.

Vaporooter Gurantee

If you’re a homeowner in Bayside Melbourne, you know how important it is to keep your sewer system in good working order. Blockages due to

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

Vaporooter & clearing drains around Melbourne

Long beach plumbing has been busy clearing blocked sewers, treating sewers with vaporooter , blocked septic tanks, blocked waste pipes & blocked stormwater drains from one side of Melbourne to the other. These are some of the suburbs we have work in during the last year .
Abbotsford | Albert Park | Armadale | Ascot Vale | Ashburton | Ashwood | Aspendale Aspendale Gardens | Balwyn | Beaumaris| Bentleigh | Bentleigh East | Berwick | Black Rock | Blackburn Bonbeach | Box Hill | Braeside | Brighton | Brighton East | Burnley | Burwood | Burwood East Camberwell Canterbury | Carnegie | Carrum | Carrum Downs | Caulfield | Chadstone | Chelsea | Chelsea Heights | Cheltenham | Clayton | Clayton South | Clifton Hill | Collingwood | Dandenong | Dingley Village | Docklands | Donvale | |East Melbourne | Edithvale | Elsternwick | Eltham | Elwood | Fitzroy | Flemington | Frankston | Gardenvale | Glen Huntly | Glen Iris | Glen Waverley | Glenroy | Hampton | Hampton Park| Hawthorn | Highett | Hughesdale | Huntingdale |Kew | Keysborough | Langwarrin | McKinnon | Malvern |Mentone | Middle Park | | Mont Albert | Moorabbin | Mordialloc | Mornington | Mount Eliza | Mount Martha | Mount Waverley | Mulgrave | Murrumbeena | Narre Warren | Newport Niddrie | Noble Park | Oakleigh | Ormond | Parkdale | Parkville | Patterson Lakes | Pennydale | Port Melbourne | Portsea | Prahran | | Richmond | St Kilda | St Kilda East | St Kilda | Sandhurst | Sandringham | Seaford | Melbourne | South Yarra | Southbank | Spotswood | Springvale | Surrey Hills | Ferntree Gully | West Melbourne | Wheelers Hill | Windsor

Vaporooter hits a six

Six reasons why Sanafoam Vaporooter is a better solution than just having your regular plumber unblock the sewer with a sewer snake.
1.       The cutting process encourages new & more aggressive regrowth of tree roots.
2.       It becomes a vicious cycle, reducing the time period between each blockage & increases the frequency of cheques you will part with.
3.       The mechanical cutting action causes slight damage to the walls of the pipe, resulting in deterioration over time which will ultimately lead to the drain collapsing.
4.       The thicker regrowth opens the cracks & joints even wider allowing more sewerage to contaminate your soil and more roots to penetrate your pipes.
5.       Sewer blockages typically occur during holidays or weekend periods when the plumbing system is being heavily used, this will result in inconvenience and a costly call out fee to a plumber.
6.       Replacement of the sewer is generally expensive and inconvenient.

Pipe camera finds Henry

Henry the Green Engine
When clearing a blocked sewer Sandringham with the hydro jetter & pipe camera Longbeach Plumbing came across Henry the green engine in the most unlikely of positions !

Blocked waste pipes

Drain Air gun
Longbeach plumbing is regularly called out to clear blocked waste pipes in hampton. Wastes pipes typically used to connect sinks, troughs, basin, shower, baths to the sewer system. Over the years slim, fat, oil , grease, hair, & soap builds up in the waste pipe which cause blockages. These can be cleared by different methods like removing the inspection opening to clear the waste pipe or running a sewer cable or jet down the pipe.
Longbeach plumbing uses a drain air gun to clear blockages which are not accessible. The air gun works by using carbon dioxide which is accelerated down the waste pipe to force water through the blockage membrane, without damaging the waste pipe.
Once clear, we recommend that the waste pipe is treated with Bio Clean on a monthly basis to prevent on-going blockages with the pipes. Bio Clean a blend of bacteria and enzymes. It creates no heat, no fumes, no boiling. It does not attack live tissue, nor inorganic materials, only organic wastes like grease, hair, food particles, paper, cotton & sewage. Bio Clean changes the waste particles into water, carbon dioxide and mineral ash which run harmlessly out of your waste system.  Within an hour after pouring the bacteria into the drain, the bacteria begin to eat their way into the waste that has accumulated on the sides and top of the drain pipe. This is their natural food. They digest the waste and spread throughout your system, cleaning it completely.

Vaporooter saves dollars

Longbeach plumbing was called out during the week to a block of 8 units in Moorabbin to survey a sewer with a pipe camera. Another plumbing company had recommended that a 25 meters section of the sewer be relined due to repeated sewer blockages cause by tree roots in the drain. The sewer had blocked multiple times causing after hour call outs which were inconvenient and expensive. The plumbing firm had recommended relining a 25 meters section of sewer which excluded the branch connections for a cost of $17,000. As the branch line were not included in the relining the sewer blockages would continue.
Longbeach Plumbing cleared the sewer which still had multiple tree roots in the pipe & survey the sewer with a CCTV drain camera. We able to confirm that the sewer was structurally stable with only a few minor fractures. In 8 weeks time Sanafoam Vaporooter will be applied to the sewer to treat the main line & branch lines of the sewer at a cost of $660.00. This will provide the client with a 12 month guarantee against sewer blockages due to tree roots in the pipe. Vaporooter will be applied annually to receive the ongoing guarantee.
Vaporooter can be applied to properties with hertiage listed trees as it will not harm the tree

A winter’s tale

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.