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mikehende 03-24-2008 12:10 PM

Tree roots in Sewer
 
There is a big tree on the sidewalk in front of our house and it's roots broke into the sewer line a few years ago, every year we have to get a guy to snake, cut and get rid of the roots, someone told me that there are various chemicals available at home depot which we can place into the sewer and it will kill the roots, when I inquired at Home depot, I was told that there is no such thing. Can anyone here confirm this, if there are chemicals I can use to kill the roots, what are they please?

Marlin 03-24-2008 04:03 PM

You have three options.
1. Replace the sewer line with plastic
2. Get rid of the tree
3. Keep having it rotor-routed

john442 03-24-2008 05:39 PM

some people used to use copper sulfate crystals, i don't know what the environmental impact is though, I'm sure there's some off-the-shelf stuff, you need to just google it... read this

http://www.metrowastewater.com/docum...ews_020504.pdf

you can rent a snake and cut the roots yearly yourself for $50 or so. That is, if you don't want to get rid of the tree. I'm sure there's some long-term problems that may surface though.

amakarevic 03-24-2008 07:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mikehende (Post 110320)
...broke into the sewer line a few years ago...

what is the sewer line made of ?

Marlin 03-24-2008 07:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by amakarevic (Post 110459)
what is the sewer line made of ?

My money is on cast iron, possibly clay, or asbestos.

mikehende 03-24-2008 07:45 PM

Yeah, I would say cast iron.

troubleseeker 03-24-2008 09:34 PM

[quote=mikehende;110320]There is a big tree on the sidewalk in front of our house and it's roots broke into the sewer line a few years ago, /quote]

Just a technicality, but tree roots cannot "penetrate" any pipe. They get into pipes by finding and taking advantage of a broken joint or crack in the pipe wall itself. That is why old clay and cast iron pipes are so vulnurable.

mikehende 03-25-2008 06:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by john442 (Post 110413)
some people used to use copper sulfate crystals, i don't know what the environmental impact is though, I'm sure there's some off-the-shelf stuff, you need to just google it... read this

http://www.metrowastewater.com/docum...ews_020504.pdf

you can rent a snake and cut the roots yearly yourself for $50 or so. That is, if you don't want to get rid of the tree. I'm sure there's some long-term problems that may surface though.

Thanks for the link, will look into those 2products.


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