Solution to sewer tree root problem?

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The problem is that the roots penetrate the joints, not the pipes themselves. The pipes might be made of cast iron, plastic, clay, or even cardboard (yes, there were sewer lines made of cardboard and tar). Cast iron *is* the most expensive (and required for commercial buildings) but it will have the same problems with tree roots as plastic does.
Dimitri
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Roots usually grow in from the top.
Root killers flow along the bottom.
Have a nice week...
Trent
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Roots seek out water in sewer. Poison the water supply, no more roots. Copper based paint compounds where once used as anti-fouling coatings on the underside of boats. (Very effective, but that use mostly banned for being too toxic).
Procedure.
Once sewer is opened and before your sewer line get's clogged up again. Try some root kill, copper sulphate (blue) crystals, available at Home Depot. Start off with large treatment, 1/4 bottle in clean out, and a dissolved cap full each time you clean toilets.
Note: Keep toilet lid closed while dissolving CuS04 poison. Add drop or two of liquid dishwashing/hand soap and you can use the combination to replace commercial toilet bowl cleaner. Time the flush of cleaning solution will have maximum time to work on tree roots before being diluted by other household water use.
It keeps a nearby Strangler Fig (tree) out of my sewer line. :-)
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Only if YOU think it's time. As Speedy Jim suggested, you need to weigh the cost and inconvenience of the cleanings with the cost to replace the line. And the replacement will NOT guarantee that you won't have future problems of some sort...unless, of course, the contractor will give you such a guarantee.

You know what the problem is...roots. You don't need a video inspection for this. Don't waste the money on one.

Replacement.
The biggest cost is gonna be in the labor. It doesn't make any sense to not spend a couple of bucks more for newer and more technologically-advanced material.

Investigate this more...including warranties. It may well be a cheap, dependable solution to your problem.
Contact your city sanitary engineering department to get their opinion and...if for no other reason...to see if its allowed. They may even have a list of certified contractors that do this kind of work.
Good luck.
Have a nice week...
Trent
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