Homemade Root Killer?

I am looking for a Homemade Root Killer for sewer system. I am not connected to a septic tank but a city sewer system.

Steve from Everett, WA

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By siris. (Guest Post)
January 8, 20070 found this helpful

My sister-in-law sent me copper sulphate for killing tree roots. The city put in new plastic pipes , so my problem was solved, but she swears by it. Just put it in the drains and send a small amount of water through. Best to leave overnight or if your going away for a few days.

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January 9, 20070 found this helpful

Copper sulphate should do the trick.It is also known as blue crystals and I have bought a can at Home Depot in the plummers dept.

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By Gary White (Guest Post)
February 20, 20080 found this helpful

Don't use the copper sulfate for root killing. Look it up on google and you'll see that it can mangle your system. Go with rootx or another brand that does not use copper sulfate, since they are much easier on a system and yield the same results. Whatever you go with, make sure you avoid the copper sulfate(any reputable plumber will inform you of the pitfalls of using too harsh of a root killing agent).

Good luck

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November 22, 20100 found this helpful

There's a new Copper Sulfate Root Killer delivery system with water soluble packets called Root 'N Clean. The packets dissolve slowly after flushing to be caught by the roots to deiver the foaming copper sulfate to the roots after the water has flushed by. It is therefore much less expensive for results and safer to handle. It also has a grease cutter. I manufacture it to solve solve problems like yours.

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January 11, 20131 found this helpful

When you say homemade I'm assuming you mean safe for the environment as well as yourself. Copper sulfate eventually ends up in our oceans as well as seeping out of our broken, separated or shifted sewer lines that are partially stopped up or otherwise. If your looking for a greener solution to your root problems, Root X is a company that keeps that in mind. If you have an older house (40 years plus), you should consider replacement since you have a root problem.

What you are probably trying to address is an ongoing problem that is beyond trying or wasting money on root treatments. I have been in the sewer business for 44 years and can tell you that much money has been thrown to the curb trying to save sewers that have been damaged by root intrusion. This is not something that happens suddenly, but a process that develops over years of ex filtration of sewage from separations or improper installations, installation of lower laterals where curb trees are to be planted, trees that are planted on the property side over or near your sewer system, a combination of all mentioned, etc.

You will probably experience more sewer problems during the rainy season because of infiltration of rain water through your separations because of partial stoppages.

Remember this, when your sewer line is actually stopped up enough to flood your toilet, tub and house or basement, it has been at least partially stopped up for several months. If you can't find a reputable plumber that has the experience and equipment to permanently resolve your sewer problems at an affordable price, at least try to maintain the problem with preventive sewer cleanings and Root X treatments.

Sometimes the root treatments are like pouring oil into your car after you froze up the engine. Another thing I might add. If you decide to replace your sewer, stay as far away from the "temporary fix" of lining your sewer. Lining is expensive and is not permanent! Find a company that does pipe bursting with an approved High Density Polyethylene Sewer pipe that will outlive us all.

Make sure the transition couplings are not Fernco, Mission or some other "acceptable" but inferior transition to an ARC coupling which costs 10 times more! Pipe bursting and the materials used are forever and you will spend your money wisely if you choose that method. If your in it for the short term and intend to lay it off on someone else in the future, go with the patch jobs, liners etc.

I don't have my adapter to upload pictures I have of failed liners, seems I've pulled out of sewers because liners can only go to to the connection before the city sewer connection, causing roots to become aggressive on the city connection for lack of entry. When that connection becomes impacted, a sewer cleaner runs his equipment and entangles in a perma liner seem and it wraps around the cable and pulls apart from the liner. Now you have a liner that is opened up to root intrusion yet again.

I also have pictures of roots growing between the interior pipe and liner. You also will need to trust the person doing the liner to mix appropriately and cure. I have seen liners folded and collapse at the end point! Some cities don't permit liners, and I can tell you from 14 years of Trench-less experience, it's for good reason.

There are so many inexperienced people working for companies in this industry that not only lack experience but have no pride in what their doing, cut corners when they can, save money to become more competitive and use inferior products, are on commission and could care less. Always do your research when spending thousands of dollars. Look for reputable long term companies, true family business' and gather your information and opinions. Go with what you feel more comfortable with and don't let the money be your guide.

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January 6, 2007

I am looking for a homemade root killer. I have roots in my septic system drainage. I cannot do laundry without the water overflowing when it spins out. I have to get my drain snaked twice a year. It's getting too expensive to do this.


Tx from Southern, IN


Homemade Root Killer

Up here (in Canada), Tx, we cut down the trees. Some trees are just the kind which spread roots outward (as opposed to downward). If you're getting tired of having your drain snaked, you can certainly dig up some of the roots and chop them away (which seems like an awful lot of work). But as long as the tree is alive, the roots will keep on growing. It's a nuisance I know, and I'm sure you don't want to lose the tree, but maybe consult your local greenhouse for answers or alternative trees which would grow quickly without presenting you the same problem.

Good luck!(10/26/2006)

By Rose Anne Hutchence

Homemade Root Killer

Flushing rocksalt down the drain from time to time after drain is cleaned will often help kill roots. (10/26/2006)

Homemade Root Killer

My Mom does the same thing, puts rock salt down the drain once a week. Her plumber told her about that trick for tree roots. (10/28/2006)

By Gina

Homemade Root Killer

Watch what you flush, you might just kill off the organisms in your septic tank/field that are eating the waste. The term you are looking for is hydrophilic. Any plant that is hydrophilic should not be anywhere close to a drainfield.

Also, look for other causes besides roots. Is the field undersized? Do you have an efflent filter on the outflow of the septic tank? When was the last time your septic tank was checked to see if it should be pumped (2-5 years per check)?


By Septic Sniffer

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