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What are the main causes of blocked drains?

Todays post is a simple one. Amazingly, 83% of all blocked drains in Australia are caused by tree roots! Cooking fats, oils and grease, human and pet hair, sanitary products, facial tissues and napkins used instead of toilet paper, dental floss and broken or collapsed pipes make up the other 17% of blocked drains. If you have repeat repeat repeat problems with your sewer pipes caused by...

Who is responsible for these drains?

Blockages and problems with drains occur no matter what type of building you live in. Most single or multiple level houses have their own drainage systems taking the discharge from all the plumbing fixtures within the property. The owner of this  property is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their pipes upto the point where his pipes join the council main. Rows of...

Nightmare Christmas…will this happen to you?

Christmas is fast approaching… …and I’ll let you in on a little “trade secret”… …that I guarantee will make me very unpopular with a lot of emergency plumbers!     You see, Christmas tends to be a busy time for emergency plumbers getting called out to deal with blocked drains caused by tree roots!   Why?  Well when you think...

5 Things You Can Do To Prevent Blocked Drains

Here are a few measures that go a long way to prevent roots from infiltrating and destroying your pipes. Use pipes made of Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) for new and replacement drains. PVC pipes are strong enough to repel the tree roots. Experts agree that PVC is the best material for reducing the risk of tree root blockages. Don’t plant trees...

Tree Roots Block Drains

Did you know that the majority of sewer blockages are caused by tree root systems? A recent study found that tree root are accountable for 54% of plumbing blockages, in some areas of Australia the number is as high as 93% Plumbing blockages are a heavy price to pay for foliage. A root blocking inbound or outbound plumbing can quickly...

Another Satisfied Vaporooter Customer

Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water (GWMW), after several trials with different chemical products, chose Vaporooter as its aid in combating drain pipe blockages and overflows and has successfully used it since 1989. Vaporooter, a product of the RSP Environmental Services, is a mixture of herbicides, root growth inhibitor and foaming agent which softens and then destroys the live roots which intrude...