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Getting Rid of Sewer Line Tree Roots

Trees can be a beautiful, scenic addition to any landscape, but their roots can also wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing. Are your bathtubs or sinks taking longer than usual to drain? Do you hear an odd sound from your toilet after you flush? Either of those things can be signs that tree roots are affecting the functioning of your home's sewer lines.

If your home is located near trees with deep root systems, you may be stuck with the reality of tree roots growing into your sewer lines. Short of cutting the tree down, there isn’t much you can do…

Or is there?

We’re going to take a look at a couple of options for ridding yourself of the tree root problem without having to replace your entire plumbing system.

What is a Tree Root Killer?

A root killer does exactly what the name implies. This is a foaming product that is poured into the pipe to help disintegrate a root that has worked its way into the sewer line. There are different types of home-made tree root killer recipes that work. An example would be using warm water and Epsom salt - used for its pure sulfate and magnesium mineral compound. However, homeowners may find that home-made tree root killer recipes don't work too well, as they are still left with tree roots invading their home sewer lines.

The problem with roots in sewer lines is that they cause backups and clogs. Over time if these clogs are not taken care of, the root can grow even deeper into your plumbing system, eventually leading to a burst pipe emergency. Thus, you will want to use the best product out there, that has been proven to really do the job - also known as RootX.

Why Use RootX?

RootX is a quality product you can use to help destroy roots that are causing issues in your home’s plumbing. Some of the perks of using it include:

Won’t Interrupt Your Water Flow

Probably the first reason to apply RootX is the fact that water continues to flow under the foam, which means that your water won't be interrupted. It’s advised, however, that you reduce your water use in order to allow the product to work and leave you with the best results.

Complete Root Removal

Using RootX also kills the root instead of mechanically cutting the root and leaving pieces of it behind. As the RootX works, it will kill the root system and allow it to decay and eventually float away. This means that you won't have to worry about that specific root invading your sewer again. It can get tricky if you simply cut the root because that does not mean that the root cannot potentially regrow and cause problems in the near future. Completely removing the root is your best bet.

Gets Rid of Roots Quickly

RootX kills on contact, so the process of root removal starts immediately. Once applied, there isn’t much to do but wait. The roots will be gone in a few short weeks depending on their size.

It's A Safe To Use Product

Unlike some other harmful chemicals that can damage more than help, RootX is not hard on septic systems or pipes, has long-lasting results, and is also safe for the environment. Chemicals can harm the environment in a number of ways. What is really great about this particular product is that it leaves minimal to no impact, carrying the lowest chemical hazard rating that there is out there. RootX has shown to not harm above-ground vegetation and is safe to use in regards to septic systems and pipes.

Problems of Having Tree Roots in a Sewer Line

Having a tree root growing into a sewer line means that your sewer line likely had a problem to begin with, such as a pinhole leak. Trees grow this way to seek out moisture and nutrients and won’t grow toward pipes that aren’t easy to access.

Tree roots that grow into sewer lines create problems like:

  • Slow draining water.
  • Severe clogs.
  • Water backups.
  • Low water pressure.
  • Pooling water around your home.

If you’re experiencing toilet and sink clogs, or notice any other issues with your water supply and don’t know why, a tree root could be the problem.

What to do About Tree Roots

While it’s true that you can attempt to take care of tree roots by yourself, doing so may end up costing you more time and money than just calling a professional. If you're looking to get rid of roots in your sewer system, give us a call. An expert plumber will be able to use the best products, like RootX, along with other professional tools, to provide you with a fast and long-lasting solution that will protect your home and plumbing from any additional damage.

Safari Plumbing has a full staff of expert plumbing professionals that have experience dealing with troublesome root systems. With a little help, you can have your plumbing system back up and running in no time!

Roots causing blockages and water leaks in your home’s plumbing? Call Safari Plumbing at (613) 707-5466 or submit an online contact form to request an appointment today, and let RootX help solve your problem safely and quickly.