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  • longbeach_blog_admin 8:10 am on November 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    TREE ROOTS AND SEWERS credit to Yarra Valley Water 


    Over 75% of all sewer blockages are caused by tree roots finding their way into our sewer pipes.

    Working in the streetTrees are beautiful, shady and provide valuable shelter for local fauna, but their root systems can have a devastating effect on your sewer pipes. Planted too close to the sewer, your beautiful tree could one day end up becoming a very costly and messy problem.

    How do tree roots get into the sewer?

    Tree roots grow in search of water and nutrients, which makes sewers a prime target. If planted too close, a tiny fracture or small gap in the join of two sewer pipes could be wide enough for a single hair-like tree root to pass through. Once inside, a mass of roots can form and eventually lead to a sewer blockage.

    What can I do?

    The most effective step is prevention, as once tree roots get into the system, pipes can become damaged and require costly repairs.

    We recommend:

    Who is responsible for fixing the problem?

    You are responsible for any repair, replacement or maintenance for the pipes and fittings within your property until after the connection point to Yarra Valley Water’s pipes (usually near your property boundary).

    We suggest that the following Plants no closer than 2 metres to a sewer pipe

    Acacia buxifolia Box-leaved Wattle Brachychiton populneus Kurrajong Euonymus Japonica Evergreen Spindle Tree Malus (species) Flowering Crabapples
    Acacia melanoxylon Blackwood Callistemon citrinus Crimson Bottlebrush Ficus pumila Creeping Fig Pittosporum revoluta Brisbane Laurel
    Acer pseudoplatanus Sycamore Eucalyptus calophylla ‘Rosea’ Pink Marri Genista tinctoria Broom Pittosporum undulatum Sweet Pittosporum
    Alnus jorrulensis Evergreen Alder Eucalyptus falcata White Mallee Jacaranda spp. Jacaranda Australian Pyracantha (species)
    Banksia ericifolia Heath Banksia Eucalyptus goniocalyx Long-leaved Box Liquidambar styraciflua Liquidambar,
    Sweet Gum
    Banksia occidentalis Water Bush Eucalyptus largiflorens River Box, Black Box Logerstroemia indica Pink Crepe Myrtle
    Betula pendula (B. alba) Silver Birch Eucalyptus pruinosa Silver Box Nerium oeander Oleander

    Plant no closer than 4 metres to a sewer pipe

    Angophora costata Smooth-barked Apple Myrtle Fraxinus excelsior “Aurea” Golden Ash Sophora japonica Pagoda Tree
    Betula pendula Silver Birch Melaleauca armillaris Bracelet Honeymyrtle Sorbus aucuparia Rowan, Mountain Ash
    Eucalyptus cinerea Argyle Apple M. styphelioides Prickly Paperbark Wisteria sinensis Chinese Wisteria
  • longbeach_blog_admin 3:48 am on November 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    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 the sewer system, (especially in commercial situations e.g. Restaurants.). Grease solidifies once it cools, it becomes rock hard and will prevent the drain from flowing. Longbeach Plumbing uses Grease Release which is a specially formulated non toxic liquid. It penetrates even the hardest grease build ups, breaks down the grease particles and prevents them from sticking to each other. This forms a grease sludge which can now be removed from the drain. There five steps 1. The greasy waste is cleaned with high pressure water. 2. Once the drain is partially flowing, Longbeach Plumbing introduces Grease Release to the high pressure water. 3. The Grease release is left to soak in and breakdown the grease inside the drain. 4. Once the Grease Release has done its job, a final high pressure clean removes all the grease sludge. 5. The drain is cleaned again annually with Grease Release to prevent any further grease build up. Grease trap prior to being pumped out and treated with grease release

  • longbeach_blog_admin 10:11 pm on September 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Angie’s advice: Listen to your drains for sounds of sewer problems 

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    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.”

  • longbeach_blog_admin 1:33 am on September 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

  • longbeach_blog_admin 6:36 am on July 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    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.”

  • longbeach_blog_admin 7:10 am on April 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    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

  • longbeach_blog_admin 11:26 pm on September 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

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