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Responsibility for sewer pipes

Did you know homeowners are responsible for their sewer pipes up to and including where they meet the Sydney Water sewer mains? A lot of people are shocked to find out this piece of information. If you need to renew your sewer pipe line because it has been damaged by tree roots and those pipes are out in the middle...

How do tree roots get into pipes? #2

In my last post I described how tree roots can easily travel through the soil loosened by excavation for your pipe installation. Do you know why tree roots grow in sewer pipes from the top of the pipe joints? Condensation is formed when we run water from our water pipes, through our drains. Especially when we have a hot shower,...

How do tree roots get into pipes?

Tree roots grow through trenches dug for plumbing pipes. When plumbers excavate a trench in virgin soil to lay our pipelines to take the waste water from your home, we till the soil. The simple method of excavating the soil with a shovel or even a mechanical excavator like a backhoe actually breaks up the soil. See the tree in...

Do tree roots grow in PVC pipes?

Do tree roots grow in PVC pipe? Yes they do! The PVC pipe shown here in this Youtube clip has tree roots growing in through the wall of the pipe in three different places. There is a significant Norfolk pine tree and a Paperbark tree within two-three metres of the pipe. The roots were cut from this pipeline about 8...

Sewer overflow makes Coogee a “smelly place”

Coogee means "smelly place" and yesterday the beautiful beach, just 500 metres from our HQ lived up to the name given it by indigenous Australians. The smell and subsequent beach closure was brought about by a Sydney Water  blocked sewer main in nearby Dudley Street. The overflowing sewer main spilled into the storm water system which then discharged into the...

See it for yourself – Drainoscopy

Today our post is simple. A new client from Bronte called because since Christmas they'd had 3 blocked drains causing the downstairs toilet to overflow throughout their basement. YUK! The plumber they had been using didn't have a drain camera and it was suggested that the pipes were broken. We were able to clear the blockage quickly, then, give the...

Get your pipes checked…. I did!

November is Mens Health Month and my reminder came in the mail. "Its time to get your pipes checked again" said the friendly letter from my Colorectal surgeon. It spelt out the process, the fasting, the preparation, the costs, the procedure on the day, what to expect afterwards, the discomfort but most of all........ the benefit! So on Sunday I...

Why use an electric eel

Dateline: March 21st 2015 Less than 5% of blocked drains in Sydney are cleared by electric eel. The rest are cleared and cleaned by high pressure water drain cleaners that operate by pumping clean water at very high pressure through a series of hoses into a sewer pipe to clear the blockage. Over 85% of blocked drains are caused by...

Blocked Pipes and Council Trees

Did you know many blocked sewers are caused by the tree roots from Council street trees? This is becoming a very big drain on the budget of many local councils. The council owned trees that make some of our more sought after suburban streets very special, are creating havoc underground by repeatedly blocking the sewer pipelines from many of the...

Happy Plumbers + Great Service = Happy Clients

We have a great team of plumbers here at The Lone Drainer and Pronto! They are good at their job. They Love their work. We call it "Furk"! Having FUn..at..woRK So on Monday afternoon, 27th October 2014, I got this email. Hi Dave, Thank you so very much for taking my phone call early this morning and organising Chris and...

Don’t play Noughts and Crosses when you have sewer problems

Today's post comes courtesy of Dr Marc Dussault, The Exponential Growth Strategist. At his recent Exponential Business Building Bootcamp, he showed a series of "impossible pictures" from Swedish Artist Erik Johansson. This photo was of particular interest. This is what we want to avoid with the use of Vaporooter when tree roots get into and block your pipes and drains.

Sydney Water fight tree roots in sewer pipes

Sydney Water the guardians of our main sewer pipes are constantly waging war against tree roots in our main sewer lines! Many clients from Double Bay, Rushcutters Bay, Edgecliff, Woollahra, Paddington, Rose Bay, Point Piper and Darling Point, residents with lots of trees and tree roots growing in the sewer pipes around their homes, report Sydney Water are systematically surveying...

Drainoscopy technology works for a shoe fit!

All plumbers know that apart from looking after our hands, our feet are equally as important. No feet, no action! I was busy speaking to the smart Real estate property managers of Bondi Beach about the benefits of having a great plumbing team like The Lone Drainer and Pronto, look after their emergency plumbing repairs and the benefits of using...

An ounce of prevention will keep your drains running

Today it was a pleasure to meet "Dr Elliot"... This man is incredibly organised. We were called to his home to run our drain cleaning equipment, the world famous "Rattlesnake"  high pressure water drain cleaner, through his house drains, downstream to the sewer boundary trap at the rear of his property, adjacent to the swimming pool. He has had blocked drains in...

Plumbing Products – Bio-Clean and Vaprooter

Plumbing Products Have Come a Long Way: A Look at Some Products and Their Benefits Sir John Harrington, the godson of Queen Elizabeth I made a new invention for his godmother. Sir John created the flush toilet and built it for his godmother. This all took place in 1596, according to history records. Alexander Cummings obtained the first patent for...

How do Tree Roots Get in Sewer Pipes And what Damage Can They Cause?

Homes that are connected to a municipal or mains sewer system have their biggest plumbing problems when tree roots have grown into pipes. In days gone by, one of the plumbing services would be called in to clear a blockage in the pipe, getting rid of those tree roots, but the tree roots would regrow and block up the sewer...

Tree Roots Growing In Sewer Pipes

Are the Roots of my Neighbours Trees, or the Trees Growing Out the Front of My Property, Growing in my Sewer Pipes? One of the major plumbing concerns is trees that send roots into sewer lines, especially in homes that were built over twenty years ago. Trees are equipped with water finding capabilities that send tiny roots in every direction...

Eradicating tree root problems

Tree roots are a very common cause for blocked drains, however the extent of damage that roots can create before a problem is recognised can vary greatly. To get rid of a tree root problem you must know the condition of the pipes. The Lone Drainer and Pronto has a great number of weapons in its arsenal to combat those...

PVC Pipes Blocked by Hills Weeping Fig

The Hills weeping fig (ficus microcarpar var.) is a beautiful tree which in some cases  provides a shady archway for many streets in our Sydney Eastern suburbs. But why are the residents of these streets pulling out their hair? The Hills weeping fig is like Jekyll and Hyde. Dr Jekyll brings shade in summer; tree lined streets become a breezeway,...

Vaporooter Guarantee

Blocked drains are a major problem - any way you look at it! Tree root invasion of sewer lines is a common cause of such blockages -- BUT, when left unattended, tree roots will cause major damage to your sewer pipes (which, as you might imagine, can be far more troublesome than just any old blockage and the resulting sewerage backflow). Replacing broken or collapsed sewer pipes...

What Happens When Tree Roots Grow In Sewer Pipes

The intrusion of tree roots in sewer pipes is probably the most destructive single element that faces those maintaining a sewer collection system today. Sewers are ageing expensive assets that only attract public attention when they fail. There are more than 35,000 kms of water and sewer pipes in Sydney and 60% of all collection systems are made up of...