What is Vaporooter?

Simply put, Sanafoam Vaporooter is the most effective, economical and convenient means of preventing damage to sewers and drains caused by tree root incursions. Longbeach Plumbing has had great success controlling these types of problems in many of the leafy suburbs of Melbourne.

The product itself is a solution composed of three parts, a contact herbicide, a growth inhibitor and a foaming agent which facilitates an even distribution of the agent within the interior of a pipe. Sanafoam Vaporooter is currently in use with more than 80 municipal authorities in four states within Australia, including Melbourne bayside suburbs.

Vaporooter will not harm trees or plants nor will it damage pipes, unlike aggressive mechanical equipment which wears away the pipe every time it is used. Vaporooter has been in use for over forty years and has a proven track record within the Bayside area as well as Australia wide and internationally.

With some of Melbourne’s bayside suburbs relying upon older drainage prone to damage, Vaporooter is the go-to product when it comes to the prevention of tree root incursions and asset protection.

How does it work?

Sanafoam Vaporooter kills roots upon contact, however only the roots it touches, the rest of the plant remains unharmed.

We love Melbourne’s beautiful gardens as well and encourage the use of Vaporooter in the knowledge that it will only kill the roots that come into contact with it, leaving your precious plants safe.

Vaporooter also retards future root growth unlike mechanical cutting which actually stimulates regrowth. The foaming agent sticks to the entire pipe interior including the roof, ensuring that those areas of the pipe most prone to incursion, (i.e. the top) are treated. 

A high-pressure water jet is first employed to clean dirt and debris from the roots to ensure good surface contact with the Vaporooter agent. The Vaporooter foam is then pumped into the drain. Over the ensuing weeks the root incursions die, begin to decay and drop off where they are washed away with waste water. With regular, proactive use, Vaporooter prevents pipe blockages from occurring and extends the lifespan of the plumbing fixtures, eliminating the need to dig up and replace the pipes and junctions.

Why is Vaporooter superior to other blockage clearing techniques?

Whether your plumbing is earthenware or plastic, it is susceptible to damage from the mechanical blades of most blockage clearing equipment. While water jetting is sometimes an effective alternative clearance method, very often the tree roots are simply too tough to be removed in this way. And remember that any physical cleaning method will only stimulate stronger and more rigorous regrowth of the roots. Short of removing the offending tree or trees themselves, Vaporooter is the only safe, effective and economical method of protecting both your garden and your pipes. 

Vaporooter is biodegradable, non-systemic, low in toxicity and non-acidic. It will not harm your trees and is registered with the Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority for Australia. Many Bayside residents have used Vaporooter to solve blockages in pipes caused by roots. To have your valuable plumbing assets protected by this cutting edge technology contact Longbeach Plumbing today.

The Vaporooter Guarantee:

We guarantee if your drain blocks within 12 months of treatment Longbeach Plumbing will clear the blockage and camera the drain if required, to determine the cause of the blockage. If the blockage is caused by live tree roots we will retreat the line. 

The call out, blockage clearance and the re treatment will be free of charge. If the blockage is caused by any other type of obstruction such as toilet fresheners, sanitary products, children’s toys or flat, collapsed or deformed pipes the normal charges for call out and blockage clearance will apply.

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Vaporooter FAQ's

A. 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. Yes, not only does Vaporooter destroy existing roots, but with repeated annual applications, it also prevents regrowth.

A. Vaporooter contains a root growth inhibitor called Dichlobenil 50W that attaches itself to any organic material inside the pipe and sterilises the soil wherever roots have previously gained entry.

A. No, Vaporooter can only travel a very short distance up the root. It’s a non-systemic herbicide, which means it’s specially formulated to affect only the root material it comes in contact with.

A. Absolutely. In fact, the main ingredients of Vaporooter are also found in herbicides used to control weeds around food crops.

A. Vaporooter is a foam-based herbicide, rather than a liquid-based one, because roots typically penetrate sewer pipes from above, rather than from the base of the pipe. A liquid herbicide would be less effective as it would quickly pass through the pipe. The Vaporooter foam base ensures that the essential ingredients get directly to the source of the problem and stay there for longer.

A. No, if Vaporooter is poured down the toilet like some caustic and copper sulphate products, it won’t foam up and may therefore have limited contact with the root mass.

A. No, Vaporooter must be pumped into your pipes by a licensed technician using a Mini Foamer machine. Only a trained technician can calculate how much foam is required to completely fill your pipes so that maximum contact with the roots is achieved.

A. Yes, the Vaporooter foam coats the top and sides of your pipes while the wastewater flows underneath.

A. It depends on the length of your pipes, but most jobs take less than an hour.

A. Vaporooter gets to work almost immediately. The herbicide penetrates the roots inside the pipe and pipe wall and at the entry point, causing the roots to die. As the root mass decays, it rots and is swept away in the flow. Once the root mass is gone, ground pressure helps to close the cracks and gaps in the pipe where the root mass used to be.

A. When roots are removed from a pipe with an electric eel or jetter, the remaining roots on the outside of the pipe go into survival mode by bleeding a sap that assists the plant to heal, just as a pruned branch produces sap. This sap retards the absorption of any chemical for a number of days. Once the bleeding stops, the roots quickly soaks up nutrients which promote growth. After about six to eight weeks fine white root stems have formed. These absorb the Vaporooter herbicide very effectively, therefore maximising the effectiveness of the product.

A. Once roots have entered your sewer pipes, you unfortunately have an ongoing problem. Each time a plumber clears your pipes, no matter how carefully it’s done, the abrasive action causes slight damage to the walls of the pipe, resulting in deterioration over time. Even worse, the roots that have been disturbed respond by growing back thicker and more vigorously than before. The thicker growth opens the cracks and joints even wider allowing more sewerage to contaminate your soil and more roots to penetrate your pipes. It becomes a vicious circle reducing the time period between each blockage. Because sewer blockages typically occur during holiday periods such as Christmas when the plumbing system is being heavily used, this could result in inconvenience and a costly call out fee to a plumber.