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  • longbeach_blog_admin 7:01 am on August 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Sewer smoke test by Longbeach Plumbing 

    Longbeach Plumbing has been trading in the Bayside area of Melbourne for over 40 years.

    One of the reoccurring enquires we encounter is a foul odours emanating into property, either in or around the sanitary system.

    Often the fault is easy resolved, by identifying a broken sewer pipe, a disconnected fixture or dried out fixture trap.

    However, there occasion that the issue requires further investigation.

    One of the method we using is a smoke test. By infusing smoke into the sewerage system fracture, cracks and other faults can easily be identified.

    The video footage shows a leaking gatic cover lid in bayside Melbourne.

    After identifying the fault, the lid was resealed and odour dissipated


  • longbeach_blog_admin 2:07 am on March 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Why use Sanafoam Vaporooter ?
    Longbeach Plumbing finds that Sanafoam Vaporooter is essential part of their maintenance of sewer pipes. It is used by Longbeach Plumbing as an approved applicator, as an effective method of stopping of tree roots ingress to sewer pipes.

    What is a Sanafoam Vaporooter?
    Sanafoam Vaporooter is a method of controlling root ingress to the sewer system.
    Drain pipes and sewer pipes are laid underground where they can be accessed by aggressive tree roots. Tree roots are strong and cracking open a sewer pipe is not a difficult task for them. The soil in a trench is softer then the soil that surrounds the trench and the sewer pipes emits humidity which attracts the growing tree roots. After which, they get even more attracted to the water in the pipes and start growing denser. This results in blocked sewers as the tree roots obstruct the flow of effluent.

    Plumbers, typically suggest using a water jet or an electric eel and using this will definitely clear some or all roots, depending upon the skill of the plumber. The cutting the tree roots is the same a pruning the tree, it encourages regrowth . This is the start of a costly and unavoidable cycle you get trapped into.

    Sanafoam Vaporooter stops this cycle.

    Sanafoam Vaporooter works with the use of a combination of non systemic herbicides that are released into the sewer pipe suspended in foam agent, which then kills the roots that are inside the sewer only, leaving the tree unharmed and the sewer blockage free !

    Sanafoam Vaporooter should be used within six to eight weeks of a clearance of your sewage system. And annually to prevent reoccurring sewer blockages. It’s a smart cost effective way to prevent effluent overflow and costly after hour call outs.

  • longbeach_blog_admin 3:14 am on November 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Sanafoam vaporooter 11fromTrenchless Australasia — June 2005 

    Sewer root control with Sanafoam Vaporooter II

    Trenchless Australasia — June 2005

    Treating sewer lines with Sanafoam Vaporooter foaming sewer root inhibitor to control tree root penetration reduces customer inconvenience, decreases maintenance costs and extends the life of the collection asset. Marshall Horne from RSP Environmental Services provided this account of his experience with Sanafoam Vaporooter.

    Currently in use by over 80 authorities in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia is the application of Sanafoam Vaporooter II, the original and most successful sewer root herbicide. It is designed to kill existing roots and retard regrowth for up to three years.

    Vaporooter is the most cost-effective technology for maintaining sewer systems against tree root intrusion without harming trees, plant life or pipes. When used according to recommended operation guidelines it will not harm waste water treatment plants. Vaporooter is a combination of herbicides, placed in sewer lines as foam for the purpose of eliminating roots and preventing further destruction of sewer pipes caused by live tree root infestation. Only roots within the pipe, in the pipe wall and a short distance outside the pipe are affected. Trees and shrubs immediately above the pipe are not harmed.

    Foam is used to carry the main ingredients, Metham Sodium (herbicide), and Dichlobenil (growth inhibiting agent) to the root mass because a root mass usually enters at the top and sides of a pipe, forming a vale or tale type structure. This application process ensures the pipe is full of foam so the roots will come into good contact with the Vaporooter ingredients.

    A jetting truck is used to clean the roots to achieve the best root surface contact with Vaporooter. The foam generating equipment is crucial for achieving the best results from the herbicidal foam. Applying Vaporooter through certified foam maker and jetting equipment allows for total control of the quality of the foam.

    This proven application method eliminates the need to cut roots before the application of Vaporooter and during the guarantee period. The very act of cutting roots, while necessary to clear blockages, promotes thicker and more vigorous root regrowth. For this reason root cutting should be a last resort.

    If root growth in the pipe is very high, constricting the flow of the foam, root cutting should be undertaken a minimum of six weeks prior to foam treatment to allow the roots to start to grow. The fine white root regrowth is highly susceptible to the Vaporooter ingredients.

    After a Vaporooter treatment, the roots die, become septic and soft, and then drop off into the flow. This allows ground pressure to close the cracks created by expanded roots and help reduce infiltration and exfiltration. The end result is a healthier environment, a longer lasting sewer asset, reduced maintenance and operating costs and a more efficient treatment operation.

    Years of field-testing has shown the manufacturers of Sanafoam Vaporooter the combination of the three ingredients, Metham Sodium, Dichlobenil and Sanafoam are the formula for success in root control. Substitution of any one of the ingredients greatly reduces the overall efficiency of the product. With over 30 years of rigorous testing and engineering, Sanafoam Vaporooter has become recognised as the most effective form of root control available today.

    Once lines are treated with Vaporooter they should left undisturbed for a period of not less than six months, so that the biological disintegration of the root masses can take place. This process will kill roots immediately but they rot and drop off over a period of time. You will not get a gun barrel clean pipe immediately after foaming. This result will come over a period of time. Pipes should be retreated prior to the expiry of the three year guarantee. Retreatment has a cumulative effect on retarding root growth.

    Vaporooter is a pro-active tool used in conjunction with other tools and methods to reduce blockages and damage to your sewer asset caused by live tree roots. An ongoing treatment program will significantly reduce blockage rates. A number of current users of the product are prepared to share their experiences of an ongoing Vaporooter program

    Sanafoam Vaporooter is registered with the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) for the application of root control in sewers. It is non-systemic and will not harm trees, is biodegradable and is slowly volatilised in the sewer and is low in toxicity and non-acidic. The main ingredients of Sanafoam Vaporooter are used on cereal and fruit crops for the control of weeds.

    Branch Line applications

    Branch lines are one of the main points of entry for roots into mainline sewers. Now authorities can apply Vaporooter to branch lines and small sections of mains with the Drainchem Minifoamer. Using a hose with an inflatable bladder inserted into the boundary shaft, the foam is pumped to the reticulation line. The minifoamer generates the foam and pumps it into the sewer and up to 25 branch lines can be treated per day by one employee. Targeting branch lines can reduce mainline sewer blockages.

    Sanafoam Vaporooter is guaranteed to kill all roots in every sewer treated and to eliminate main line stoppages caused by live tree roots. If a treated sewer blocks due to live tree roots during the guarantee period, the applicator will retreat that section at their own expense. This guarantee applies to sewer stoppages caused by live tree roots. It does not apply to stoppages caused by grease or other foreign matter, flat, collapsed or deformed pipe, or flooding caused by surcharged or plugged sewer section downstream from a guaranteed sewer section. This guarantee applies to main line sewer section only. The cause of the blockage is at the sole discretion of the asset manager and RSP Environmental Services will agree as to the cause of the blockage with the asset engineer.

    Appeared in issue: Trenchless Australasia — June 2005

  • longbeach_blog_admin 11:45 pm on October 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Prevention is best 

    Prevention is the best cure for inconvenient sewer overflows due to blocked drains.

    The smell from the effluent from a blocked sewer is a magnet flies & bacteria which can also pose a health risk. Numerous of factors that contribute towards sewer blockages, and more often than not they are the result of months of build up.

    There are however warning signals that a blocked drain is looming, which if indentified early prevent after hour call outs.

    1. Foul odours are potentially a sign of blockages.
    2. Traps syphoning out of fixtures.
    3. Sucking & gurgling are sounds associated with blockages
    4. Sanitary fixtures with water not draining clear.
    5. Overflowing of internal or exterior gully grates IS shafts and vents.
    6. Debris around gully grates.

    It is often the most obvious things that are the biggest offenders;

    1. Excessive toilet paper is one of the most common causes of blockages on public or high use toilet facilities.
    2. The disposal of nappy liners and sanitary items down toilets.
    3. Fat, grease and oil, stick to the insides of drains and solidify to cause an obstruction in the sewer.
    4. Tree roots are common causes for sewer blockages which in turn damaged pipe work.
    5. Hair slipping down shower drains and basins creates drain blockages.

    Longbeach plumbing has varity of solutions to the clear blockages using Air guns, Sewer machines, Hydro jetters , CCTV drain cameras, Bio clean , Vaporooter are just a few of the methods used to keep drains clear.

    Call us on 0412 26 74

  • longbeach_blog_admin 8:24 pm on October 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Vaporooter stops tree roots in drains 

    In Melbourne tree roots in sewer pipes are the most common reason why many sewers block up. Roots enter sewer pipes through cracks or loose joints. Over half of the tree roots in Melbourne’s sewer system enter through house connection drains which are the property owners reasonably.

    Longbeach Plumbing maintains sewers in the Melbourne’s suburbs by using a three step process:

    1. Routinely removing roots using of hydro jetting.

    2. Systematically inspecting street sewers using drain camera to identify structural defects and rehabilitate or replace structurally deficient sewers.

    3. Treating tree roots in sewers with Sanafoam Vaporooter

    What Causes Roots to Grow in Pipes?

    The soil around a sewer or drain is loose due to the excavation required to lay the drain this, enables the tree roots to grow towards the water vapour that escapes through cracks or loose joints in sewer pipes. Once the tap tree root has reached the drain, it will penetrate through cracks, loose joints or any openings in sewer pipes.

    The tree roots will continue to grow and fill the pipe to create a root mass that can become matted with grease, paper and other solid matter. This is what eventually causes a blocked sewer.

    As roots continue to grow within a pipe, they begin to expand and exert pressure at their point of entry. This can result in a collapsed sewer. Collapsed sewers can be expensive to fix or replace.

    Signs that a sewer is blocked include slow flowing drains, gurgling sounds from a toilet bowl and wet areas around washing machine floor drains. A pipe that is not cleared will become completely blocked and may rupture.

    Vitrified Clay pipes in Melbourne are susceptible to tree roots

    Certain pipe material is more resistant to root intrusion than others. Rubber ringed Vitrified clay pipes, for example, are more susceptible to root penetration and damage when compared with cast iron or DWV pipes that have fewer and more tightly fitted joints.

    What can be done to combat the tree root problem in Melbourne

    The most common method to remove roots from sewer pipes is to use sewer machine and or with commercial herbicides that kill roots. Do not, however, use copper sulphate and sodium hydroxide because although these chemicals kill roots, they do not prevent regrowth and will most like kill the tree. A more up-to-date method used to clear sewer blockages is to pump a sanafoam vaporooter, through the pipe to have a 364 day guarantee. Longbeach Plumbing is a licensed applicator of Sanafoam Vaporooter. It is a non systemic herbicide that will not kill the tree.

  • longbeach_blog_admin 8:30 am on April 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    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_blog_admin 4:39 am on March 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    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

  • longbeach_blog_admin 2:48 am on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    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

  • longbeach_blog_admin 7:03 am on January 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

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