Forget Costly Root Regrowth, Thanks to Vaporooter

Vaporooter is Our Very Own, Friendly to Humans, Pets and Plants (Herbi)nator - in the War Against Tree Root Regrowth...

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To combat annoying tree root regrowth we are using the specially developed Herbicide fumigant, also called Vaporooter. The machine helps us to control tree root regrowth in sewer lines.

The fumigant is applied through existing access points with minimal disruptions to your home environment. It is covered by a 12 month guarantee against root blockages. Vaporooter is harmless for your pets, animals, trees and plants. Only licensed professionals can handle this tool, it is not for sale off the shelf.

Common Questions about Vaporooter

Q: What is Vaporooter ?
A: herbicide treatment pumped as foam into your sewer to keep root growth out of the pipes
Q: Will Vaporooter destroy the roots in my sewer pipes that cause sewer blockages ?
A: Yes Vaporooter has a herbicide that will destroy all roots it comes in contact with.
Q: Will Vaporooter stop roots from growing back?
A: Yes with repeated annual applications the roots will stop entering the pipe.
Q: How does it do this?
A: Vaporooter has a root growth inhibitor Dichlobenil 50W that attaches to organic material and sterilises the soil where the roots enter the pipe.
Q: Will Vaporooter harm my plants and trees near the sewer pipe?
A: No Vaporooter is a non systemic herbicide, meaning it will only affect the root material it comes in contact with and only travel a very short distance up the root.
Q: Is Vaporooter safe to use?
A: Yes Vaporooter is safe to use as the main ingredients of Vaporooter are commonly used on food crops to control weed growth.
Q: Why does Vaporooter foam up?
A: Roots typically enter the pipe at the sides and top of the sewer pipe. The foam is used to carry the ingredients of Vaporooter to the roots at the top of the pipe where the roots enter.
The foam also controls how long Vaporooter is in contact with the root mass.
Q: Can we just pour it down the toilet and flush?
A: There is no control over how long the chemical is in contact with the roots if it is poured into the toilet like some caustic and copper sulphate products.
Q: Can I apply Vaporooter myself?
A: No Vaporooter is applied with a Mini Foamer machine by a licensed applicator. The machine generates the foam and pumps it into the sewer. The applicator is trained to ensure the pipes are completely filled with the foam to ensure good contact with the roots.
Q: Can I use my plumbing while the application process is being done?
A: Yes the foam holds the Vaporooter in place and the waste water flows under the foam
Q: How long does it take to apply Vaporooter?
A: The application process takes less than one hour but depends largely on the length of the pipes.
Q: How long does Vaporooter take to work?
A: Vaporooter begins destroying the roots immediately. The roots in the pipe, in the pipe wall and just outside the pipe die, rot and drop off into the flow. This allows ground pressure to assist closing the cracks and gaps in the pipe caused by the root growth.
Q: Why do we have to wait 6 to 8 weeks after clearing a blockage before treating the pipes with Vaporooter?
A: When roots are cut out with the hydrojet to clear a blockage, the roots respond very quickly by" bleeding" a sap that assists healing and regrowth. This retards the intake of any chemical for a period of days. When the "bleeding" stops, nutrients start travelling up the root system, promoting growth. After 6 to 8 weeks fine white root stems have formed that absorb the Vaporooter herbicide very efficiently maximising the effectiveness of the Vaporooter process.
Q: If I have to treat the line annually with Vaporooter why dont I just wait for the pipe to block and then call a plumber?
A: Once trees have entered your sewer line you unfortunately have an ongoing problem. Usually sewer blockages occur when the plumbing system is being heavily used. When there are a lot of people at home like school holidays, Christmas and Grand Final day. This will result in inconvenience and a costly call out fee to a plumber.
Q: If I have to treat the line annually with Vaporooter why don't I just have a plumber come on a regular basis to keep the pipe flowing?
A: The process of clearing a sewer pipe, particularly with a rodding machine is an abrasive action on your sewer pipes. While essential to clear a blockage this process can deteriorate the condition of the pipe when ripping and cutting the roots. Each time the plumber clears the roots out of your sewer the plant responds by growing thicker and more vigorously, just like pruning a hedge. This thicker growth opens the cracks and joins where the roots enter the pipe. This allows more sewerage to contaminate your soil and attracts more roots into the sewer pipe to enjoy the warm and nutrient rich environment your sewer offers. This reduces the time period between each blockage.
Q: Will Vaporooter stop the tree roots smashing the pipes?
A: Yes Vaporooter will destroy the roots in the pipe and in the pipe wall. The roots will not grow back through the cracks and defects in the pipe. This will allow ground pressure to assist in closing the cracks and maintaining the condition of your sewer pipes.

AUSTRALIAN PESTICIDES AND VETERINARY MEDICINES AUTHORITY Product Registration # 57811

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