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Getting Rid of Tree Roots in the Sewer Line?


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What can I use to keep tree roots from growing into my plumbing? I had a real bad backup recently. I mean even into the washing machine. The plumbing bill was almost $500.00, not to mention the all day cleanup. The plumber said the problem was tree roots growing into the pipes. I've heard there's something you can put in your drain that will dissolve roots and prevent this problem.

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Anyone know what it is and where I can get it? I don't know what kind of pipes I have. The house was built in 1973 and was considered state of the art then. It is not a septic tank, it is city plumbing. Removing the trees is not an option (most of them aren't even mine).

By joan pecsek from South Norfolk , VA

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April 15, 20130 found this helpful

There is a product I use called Root Gone. It is copper sulfate. I get it at Menards. I'm sure you can find it at other hardware type stores.

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April 15, 20130 found this helpful

I've used a product called Root Killer by Roebic. It was a bottle of very small pellets that you would dump down the toilet (1/3 at a time) before bedtime and and then not flush it till the morning.

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Lowes and Wal-Mart have it in a foam. It worked very well every time. The bottle said to use it once a year, but I used it every 4-6 months and it kept the roots from growing. Good luck!

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April 15, 20130 found this helpful

I have a plumber friend that told me after lines were roater rooter out to put salt in the water tank of toilet to kill root,especially in spring & fall. I bought a cattle salt block & I chip off some of it & put it in the tank. I haven't had any trouble for years.

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