For longer than I care to remember, I've been getting drainage
problems because of tree/plant roots growing into my drain pipes every
few months or so. I have become well familiar with the issue. If the
problem isn't too bad, I usually pour a few scoops of Root Rid (Copper
Sulfate) crystals into the drain, last thing at night. If the root
problem is more serious, I get a plumber to clear the drains with one
of those roto tools. This clears out the roots thoroughly and the
drains are cleared. I then keep up the Root Rid treatment for a few
more weeks. The problem is the roots grow back later.
I've been dealing with this problem for years and years, and I've had
enough. I want to know if there is anything that is EXTREMELY toxic to
tree/plant roots. I don't just want to use a chemical that will repel
them from growing in the drains - no. Rather I want to use something
that will kill the offending tree/plant, or poison it as thoroughly as
possible. What is the equivalent of "cyanide" for a tree or plant that
I can put into my drains last thing at night? The bottom line is I
don't just want to repel the roots, I want to thoroughly poison the
I've heard a few people put a 50 pound bag of rock salt in their wash tub
and let it dissolve and go down the drain. Supposed to take care of the
problem. Never tried it myself.
Killing the tree may cause other problems since it is a very slow process.
Eventually the tree weakens and may fall on your car or house. Best to cut
it down first and kill the rest.
I have lived peacefully for over 12 years with roots in my terracota
sewer line. every joint but one has roots, even under home, some 100
feet needing replacement:( at a cost of 10 grand or more:(
first do not kill the tree, if thats what you want fine, but have it
cut down. dont kill it, much bigger hazard and needs cut down anyway.
tree climbers charge more for dying trees, because of the greater
worse roots can go twice or 3 times the drip linew of the tree, you
might kill a neighbors prized tree
rock salt is my friend, 25 pound bag used perhaps 5 or 6 times a year.
cost under 20 bucks a year
start about now, in late winter when maximum root growth occurs. i
dumb in wash tub before going out for day. dissolve most and leave for
day the longer the better. our washing machine dumps in tub so it
dissolves the balance
the salt kills the roots but doesnt harm the trees.
$10,000 divided by 20 bucks a year:) Lets just say its free..........
As much as I'd love to cut down the tree (years ago)......not an
option. Well, not at the moment anyway. Same as plastic pipe liner for
the drains. Not a viable option at the moment. Sounds like a good idea
That "big bag of rock salt" option seems a reasonable idea. Might look
into that. If you can give me some feedback on it, I'd really
appreciate it. Also, I am thinking about buying some Round Up and
pouring a little bit into the drain last thing at night, and keeping
it up for a while.
The bottom line is that tipping some sort of chemical into the drain
is the only option at the moment.
Given the presistence of the problem, your drain line is
likely shot. How old is it?
Roots follow the water. Therefore, there are leaks, and
cracks in the line that the roots can attack. In the
worst cases, there is no more pipe -- just a hole in
the dirt where the pipe used to be.
Chances are you're going to have to replace that line
sooner or later. Ouch!
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
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