Clear Blocked Drains with Sanafoam Vaporooter

We are pleased to introduce to you Sanafoam Vaporooter II foaming sewer root control. A cost effective sewer root treatment service to clear blocked drains. Sanafoam Vaporooter has been used successfully for more than 40 years.

Before and after Sanafoam Vaporooter

So, what is Vaporooter?

Vaporooter is the most efficient and effective way to deal with blocked drains by eliminating tree root invasion of all your pipes and drains.

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As you may know, once tree roots enter your sewer line they become an ongoing problem you can do without. The tree roots grow; causing a blockage. This is when you call the plumber to water jet or electric eel your sewer line. These actions will clear some or all of the roots, depending on the technique used and the quality of the workmanship. However like pruning a tree, the very action of clearing the sewer promotes the regrowth of the roots. This time the roots are thicker and more aggressive, just like those hedges people work so hard to thicken up.

The cycle of cut, regrow and cut begins and soon you are caught up in a costly sewer trap. Each time you have your sewer cleared, the period of time before the drain blocks again is lessened. Even worse, the roots you cut remain in the pipe wall. With each sewer clearance the roots get thicker, further cracking the pipes and allowing more roots in thus allowing raw sewerage to enter our waterways.

Below are some examples of a drain excavated as a result of tree root damage. Vaporooter, a great preventative.

Ripping up pipes

Path damage

Home damage

Sanafoam Vaporooter is used by hundreds of Sewer Authorities in Australia and around the world to control sewer root growth. Vaprooter is a combination of herbicides that are placed as foam in your sewer line for the purpose of eliminating tree roots and preventing further destruction of sewer pipes caused by live tree roots. Only tree roots within the pipe and a short distance outside the pipe are affected. Trees and shrubs above the pipe are not affected.

Cut Costs not tree roots!

Maintenance Program

We recommend that Vaprooter be applied to your sewer 6-8 weeks after your sewer lines have been water jetted or electric eeled, to allow the tree roots to regrow enough to effectively treat the offending roots.

Further treatment should be scheduled annually for the most cost effective control to prevent blocked drains. This will eliminate any further need to water jet or electric eel your sewer line and guarantee that your sewer will not re block due to live tree root growth!

Our preventative maintenance program using Sanafoam Vaporooter II will combat the inconvenience of tree root blockages and raw sewerage overflows that usually occur at the most unexpected times, like on weekends, the family BBQ or even Christmas day!! You definitely do not want your party disturbed by something so unpleasant. And as we all know, not only does it expose your family to raw sewerage overflow, it also results in costly emergency calls.


We guarantee if your sewer drain blocks within 12 months of treatment, Newman Plumbing Pty Ltd will clear the blockage. If required, we will also send a camera down the drain to determine the cause of the blockage. If the blockage is caused by live tree roots we will re-treat the line. The call out, blockage clearance and the re treatment will be free of charge.

If the blockage is caused by any other type of obstruction (such as toilet fresheners, sanitary products, childrens toys, or flat, collapsed or deformed pipes) the normal charges for call out and blockage clearance will apply.

"The roots you cut last year are the same roots you will cut this year and next year as well."

Newman Plumbing is a licensed Sanafoam Vaporooter applicator with years of experience of the product and the system.

For more information and to arrange an appointment to provide a solution, call 0418 328 767.

How roots grow in the sewer

The intrusion of roots in to sewers is probably the most destructive single element that faces those maintaining a wastewater collection system.<span class="su-quote-cite">U.S. EPA Environmental Protection Technology Series</span>

There are more than 2.5 billion feet of sewer pipe in the United States, and 60% of all collection systems are made up of pipe with a diameter of 8 inches or smaller.
The potential for root intrusion to inhibit flows, produce stoppages and damage valuable pipe is enormous.

Roots normally do not grow underwater and seldom cause problems where ground water covers the pipe. But in most areas, this is not the case.

Roots Grow Once Cell at a Time

When a seed germinates, it adds one cell at a time toward the best environment from which it might extract nutrients and moisture. The growing point of root moves best through loosely cultivated soil. The most common practice to lay sewer pipe is by open trench. The back-filled soil offers a good growing medium for roots.

Because the flow in sanitary lines is a higher temperature than the soil, this causes a condensation to appear on the crown of the pipe. As the warm moisture from the sewer pipe evaporates up through the soil, the vapors offer an excellent trail for the root to follow. If even a vapor leak exists in the pipe, the root concentrates its efforts at that point. Since some pipe joint compounds are of nutrient material themselves, the root may entirely girdle the joint before entering the pipe.

Roots Allow Accumulating Debris

Tree root illustration

Once inside the sewer pipe, the root takes on the appearance of either a “veil” or a “tail” type structure. If flows in the pipe are fairly constant, the root mass hangs down like a veil to the normal flow level where they accumulate deposits of grease, slime and other debris.

Conventional methods of removing roots by cutting or tearing tend to increase regrowth similar to pruning a tree. Removing roots inside the pipe solves the immediate problem of stoppages, but does nothing to retard the growth or destroy the roots outside the pipe. This removal, regrowth and removal cycle of cutting and tearing roots generally destroys the structural integrity of the pipe.

Herbicide Fumigants

Herbicide fumigants present the most effective method to destroy roots and inhibit their regrowth without affecting the above ground plant life.
Vaporooter; is a root control herbicides that enters the sewer as a foam. Only roots within the pipe and a short distance outside the pipe are affected. Trees and shrubs immediately above ground are not harmed.

The U.S. EPA has stated, “No other method of control approaches the effectiveness found in...Vaporooter.”

Vaporooter; Prevents Regrowth

Vaporooter can destroy existing sewer roots and prevent their regrowth without harming trees or plants.

Agencies throughout the United States have discovered Vaporooter not only controls roots, but it is cost-effective compared to other maintenance methods.

An analysis of your collection system by and authorized Vaporooter representative will substantiate the economical and preventative maintenance advantages of using Vaporooter.

After years of problems with our drains blocking up, We found Newman Plumbing who have provided a solution to a plumbing headache. I have already recommended Newman Plumbing to many friends and my mother where they have provided great service. We have been using Newman Plumbing services for seven years now. Thank You once again.<span class="su-quote-cite">Greame, Hawthorn</span>
Russell has been “foaming” the drains at my place since 2007 and i’ve had no problems since then, after many years of my drains blocking due to my large trees. I’m very happy with the service.<span class="su-quote-cite">Margaret, Balwyn</span>

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