Here is a picture of what a little foam back up around a clean out did to some grass. I'm sorry I killed his grass but it shows the Vaporooter's effectiveness.
Simply put, Vaporooter is the most effective, economical and convenient means to remove intruding roots and prevent future root damage. It has been in use for over 40 years and has a proven record. Many municipalities across the United States and homeowners in Australia today use Vaporooter to contain root intrusions and prevent drain and sewer damage.
VAPOROOTER CONSISTS of three elements: a contact herbicide, a growth inhibitor and a foaming agent. The herbicide only attacks the roots it comes in contact with, leaving the rest of the plant unharmed. The foam ensures the entire pipe is effected. Vaporooter will hinder regrowth so your drains stay clear longer.
VAPOROOTER COVERS the entire pipe with root killer. We first employ a high pressure water jet to clean dirt from the roots for better surface contact and bring the pipes to a like new status. But in some cases, the hydro-jet is not necessary. Then we pump Vaporooter foam into the drain. Over the ensuing weeks, the root incursions die and wash away with the waste water. With regular, proactive use, Vaporooter prevents future blockages and extends the life of your pipe.
VAPOROOTER’S METHOD surpasses other root clearing techniques. To put it simply, any physical cleaning method will only stimulate stronger and more rigorous regrowth. Short of removing the offending plants themselves, Vaporooter provides the most effective and economical method for protecting your garden and your pipes. It’s biodegradable, non-systemic, low in toxicity and non-acidic. Vaporooter will not harm your trees and is registered with the Pesticides Regulatory Agency.
To have your valuable plumbing assets protected by this cutting edge technology, contact NoRoots Services.
Q. What is Vaporooter?
A. 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.
Q. Will Vaporooter destroy the roots in my pipes that cause sewer blockages?
A. Yes, not only does Vaporooter destroy existing roots, but with repeated bi-annual applications (after 1st year), it also prevents regrowth.
Q. How does Vaporooter stop roots from growing back?
A. Vaporooter contains a root growth inhibitor called Dichlobenil 50W that attaches itself to any organic material inside the pipe and sterilies the soil wherever roots have previously gained entry.
Q. Will Vaporooter harm the plants and trees near my sewer pipe?
A. No, Vaporooter can only travel a very short distance up the root. It's a non-systemic herbicide, which means it's specially formulated to affect only the root material it comes in contact with.
Q. Why does Vaporooter foam up?
A. Vaporooter is a foam-based herbicide, rather than a liquid-based one, because roots typically penetrate sewer pipes from above, rather than from the base of the pipe. A liquid herbicide would be less effective as it would quickly pass through the pipe. The Vaporooter foam base ensures that the essential ingredients get directly to the source of the problem and stay there for longer.
Q. Can I just pour it down the toilet and flush?
A. No, if Vaporooter is poured down the toilet like some caustic and copper sulphate products, it won't foam up and may therefore have limited contact with the root mass.
Q. Can I apply Vaporooter myself?
A. No, Vaporooter must be pumped into your pipes by a licensed technician using a Foamer machine. Only a trained technician can calculate how much foam is required to completely fill your pipes so that maximum contact with the roots is achieved.
Q. Can I use my plumbing while the technician is working on my pipes?
A. Yes, the Vaporooter foam coats the top and sides of your pipes while the waste water flows underneath.
Q. How long does it take to pump Vaporooter into my pipes?
A. It depends on the length of your pipes, but most jobs take less than an hour.
Q. How long does Vaporooter take to work?
A. Vaporooter gets to work almost immediately. The herbicide penetrates the roots inside the pipe and pipe wall and at the entry point, causing the roots to die. As the root mass decays, it rots and is swept away in the flow. Once the root mass is gone, ground pressure helps to close the cracks and gaps in the pipe where the root mass used to be.
Q. Why is treating my pipes annually with Vaporooter a better solution than just having a plumber unblock them on a regular basis?
A. Once roots have entered your sewer pipes, you unfortunately have an ongoing problem. Each time a plumber clears your pipes, the roots that have been disturbed respond by growing back thicker and more vigorously than before. The thicker growth opens the cracks and joints even wider allowing more sewerage to contaminate your soil and more roots to penetrate your pipes. It becomes a vicious circle reducing the time period between each blockage. Because sewer blockages typically occur during holiday periods such as Christmas when the plumbing system is being heavily used, this could result in inconvenience and a costly call out fee to a plumber.
I guarantee if your drain blocks within 12 months of treatment, or 24 months after second treatment, NoRoots will clear the blockage and camera the drain if required, to determine the cause of the blockage. If the blockage is caused by live tree roots we will retreat 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, children's toys or flat, collapsed or deformed pipes the normal charges for call out and blockage clearance will apply.
This is not a manipulated photo, but an actual represenation of how thick the Vaporooter foam is.