My father in law used to do it. He used water softener salt. Dont
think he measured anything just kept dumping in the salt into 5 gal
buckets of water until he couldn't get anymore to dissolve. It was the
80s the last time I saw him do it. My guess is he used about 6 buckets
more or less 1 or 2. Sorry I cant be more accurate than this, BTW his
house had 2 drainage systems one for black water and the other for
gray water. He quit using the salt when he started using the gray
water on his garden abt 1990.... he had been doing this since abt 1974
when the house was built. He was also on a septic tank and I think
this killed any biological action in the tank. Probably why he had to
get it pumped yearly.
I have been rock salting my bad sewer line for over 15 years.and
appear to have originated the idea here:)
I put 25 pounds of rock salt in my single washtub in basement and add
very hot water and stir....till salt is at least half gone.
then go out for day so salt sits in sewer line.
next day i add more water or let the washing machine water that drains
into the washtub dissolve the remaining salt. it goes away eventually.
early spring before trees leaf out is most important time to do this,
roots are very busy in early spring . but i do it a few times a year
just to be on safe side.
I kinda know when the roots are starting to block the line. the
basement gets a odor and the floor drain water level bounces when
water is dumped into the wash tub.
If I immediately do the salt thing by the next day the roots must die,
and the blockage is gone.
so if you get a root back up you can try salt since you have nothing
Mt Rooter probably says salt constantly in the hopes they get the
pricey $$ job replacing the entire line, since a lot of people wouldnt
want to be salting constantly.
I am on a city sewer, salt might not be good for a septric tanks
Thanks...I will use your method a few times a year.
No septic to be concerned with.
I know when the blockage is starting because the basement toilet
gurgles and bubbles when an upstairs toilet is flushed. As it gets
progressively worse, you don't want to be sitting on the basement
toilet when an upstairs toilet is flushed!
I know it's really bad (and time to snake ASAP) when even taking a
shower causes the basement toilet to boil.
You sir, are the salt of the earth! ;-)
i havent had the line snaked in at least 10 years, since the salt
works so well.
you want to avoid snaking since theres always a chance the snake can
jam and break off in the line.
at that point its call the backhoe.
my line is bad from under the home about 4 foot down, to the street
at over 8 feet deep. it runs under basement and garage floor, under
part of my driveway, under a large retaining wall and sidewalk.
worse my basement and garage are packed with stuff for my business
including industrilal steel shelves.
it will be a PIA to replace
On Tue, 1 Feb 2011 12:12:14 -0800 (PST), DerbyDad03
Let us know how that salt works out.
And your recipe.
I don't have a root problem now as far as I know, but I think about it
since I had roots in sewer line of my last house.
Think about it enough that I had a big maple near my sewer line cut
down. Don't miss the tree, as it was dumping bushels of leaves into
my gutters too. Got plenty of trees elsewhere.
Be nice to get before and after camera recordings of the roots, but
they're about $300 a pop.
Guess you'll find out how it works from the gurglings.
re:"Let us know how that salt works out. And your recipe."
I hope you're in no hurry!
This is one of those "fixes" where you never really know if it works
until it doesn't - unless I do the camera thing.
It'll be at least a year until I can assume it worked since that the
*minimum* time it's taken for a problem to surface. Sometimes I've
gone as long as 2 - 3 years.
Me too. I switched from (very expensive) copper sulfate to
rock salt last fall. I flush 2-3 cups down the toilet before
bed ... every 3 weeks or so. Too soon to judge the results.
I flush immediately upon pouring the salt into the toilet
bowl: hoping that the root mass will act as a strainer and
trap the crystals where they will do the most good. I'm
going to switch to (water softener) salt nuggets. Same
drill; flush and hope they will get caught in the root mass
and slowly dissolve there to lengthen exposure.
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