My septic tank was pumped yesterday and maple tree roots were discovered in
the tank. Is there a way to solve this problem other than a new tank? I
heard there might be some kind of chemical I can use. Thanks.
: My septic tank was pumped yesterday and maple tree roots were
: the tank. Is there a way to solve this problem other than a new
: heard there might be some kind of chemical I can use. Thanks.
cut down the tree
Copper sulfate, medium sized crystals.
I told my daughter to drop a crystal into the commode late in the evening,
it might go all night without a flush. One crystal a night. It cost less
2 dollars a pound.
Remove trees for a permanent correction.
Maple trees are only supposed to be pruned.
To within an inch of the ground.
Well, don't think you're particularly blessed just for being in LA... :)
"ROOT-X is a nonsystemic, patented chemical root control formula. This
means it only kills the roots it comes in contact with, not the tree or
plant itself. The active ingredient, Dichlobenil, will not only kill
roots, but will also prevent their regrowth for up to one year."
Haven't used it so can't say from experience how effective it is/isn't,
but have seen it...
List of actively listed products containing Dichlobenil...
May or may not solve the problem long term as the roots of a tree that
close to the tank are likely to eventually break it up and get into the
drains as well.
I have a thirsty willow tree, and I regularly dig down to the joints in
the pipe and cut away any roots trying to get into the pipe (or already
in), and put some root-kill chemical (Home Depot, etc) there in the dirt. I
intend to improve the seals at the pipe joints, too. Also, check the doors
on top of the tank.
The roots are not all-powerful -- they can be defeated, if you want to
keep the tree.
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