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Old 10-25-2013, 02:42 PM   #31
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The bigger one might get it done faster, but it is also a lot easier to break a hand/finger/arm with the big one. You have to be careful.

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Your cutting head should be the largest size you can fit down the pipe.
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That is where the Roebic Foaming Root Killer comes into play.

RootX is not going to do anything, compared to what Roebic does. The only thing is, you have to be quick on flushing the toilet, when you put the Roebic in there, otherwise you have foam flowing over the bowl.
I'm curious about this. Both RootX and Roebic seem to use dichlobenil. Is there some other difference between the two products?
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Have you measured the distance from your basement wall to about the middle of the street, or to where the sewer manhole covers are ? 22 feet sounds like you live right on the road.

Are you located in like Laurel MD? I just did a roof survey on that tall glass WSSC Building off 95. Small World.
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I'm curious about this. Both RootX and Roebic seem to use dichlobenil. Is there some other difference between the two products?
Really not much other than cost, and a few minor inert chemicals between the two.
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Have you measured the distance from your basement wall to about the middle of the street, or to where the sewer manhole covers are ? 22 feet sounds like you live right on the road.

Are you located in like Laurel MD? I just did a roof survey on that tall glass WSSC Building off 95. Small World.
I do live right off the road, but I think my sewer line kinda takes an angle towards the street. I live in Hyattsville, MD. Laurel is just a hop skip and jump from me I think the line is about 70 feet or so...I don't know what she meant by 22 but the 100 footer did the job.
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Thanks guys/gals for all the sound advice. I snaked out the line with the 100 footer from HD and decided that going through the toilet wasn't doing the job so I cut a piece of pvc off the main stack and went in through there. That seemed to do the trick and everything is flowing smoothly if you know what I mean

I took the 100 footer to its limit and got at least 95-7 feet of it. THe last few are always a bit more precarious, but I wasn't going to repeat this job more than necessary this time around.

Used the large cutting head and went to town on those pipes. I pulled a bit more roots, but not as much as I was expecting. Mostly, I got a big chunk of what looked like wet wipes at the very end that my former tenant might have been flushing down the toilet, I assume.

I am going to get some RootX or something of that nature to do some preventative maintenance from time to time as a follow up. Anyone know a good schedule to use this stuff?

I'm ecstatic about not having to excavate, hire a pro, or spend more time dealing with this issue. I couldn't have done it without you all. Even if you didn't actually do the work, I need the reassurance so I could get back in there and knock it out. Can't thank everyone enough.
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Those diaper wipes are also causing major problems for sewage treatment plants.
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when you own a home this this what you have to deal with, i see it every day people end up paying thousands trying to save a couple hundred as i mentioned lots of post ago, get a pro in open the line put a camera in the line find the intrusion why how and where,, now you'll know how to tackle it, rootx and any other product is a band-aide. putting in supper cutter with big machines is a common and usually expensive mistake, the least is a broken paper line, hands/ fingers/ and wrist among the more common broken bones. cant understand why people beat themselves stupid trying to tackle jobs that are not do it yourself if you had an appendicitis would you perform surgery on yourself, or pull your own teeth. come on people smell the coffee not everything is a DIY job. and if you cant afford repairs on your home then sell and rent.

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