Monday, May 30, 2011

Dont Mess Around with Tree Roots

Today I learned not to mess around with tress roots. Because when they get mad, they slide into your pipes via the pipe joints and either break your pipe when they get bigger or simply clogged up your sewage system. And when this happens, whatever you flush down the toilet comes gurgling back to you. Trust me on this.

The plumber had spent half a day trying to get to the root of the problem. Tiles were removed, sand was dug out and pipes were cut through and the little machine you see in the picture was put to work. What it does is that it sends in a rotating spring, with a cutter right at the front. The machine rotates the spring one way, then the other. A rotating spring carries a lot of momentum. Put a sharp blade or cutting tool in the front of it and it can and will cut through most material that clog up your pipes.

Today was a good lesson in engineering.

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