sewer line

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  1. Puddin

    Puddin Well-Known Member

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    How does one get rid of tree roots in the sewer? A town line sewer, not a septic tank.
    About every two years I have to get roto rooters out to clear my line of tree roots. VERY expensive! Especially if they break something (which of course is always MY fault, not theirs).
    Thanks, in advance
    Gloria
     
  2. YoungOne

    YoungOne Well-Known Member

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    We had a giant sycamore in our front yard growing up. After having roto-rooter out three times in the first year my mom asked around. We started throughing a cup of salt down the toilet each week. Never called roto-rooter again. Probably not to cheap in the long run but it worked.
     

  3. Bearfootfarm

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    I think there are chemicals you can use but if salt works that would be a lot cheaper
     
  4. wilderness1989

    wilderness1989 Well-Known Member

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    Dig up the sewer line, usually tile, and replace it with solid plastic pipe. The roots can't get in plastic and it's a shame to kill a tree. :cowboy:
     
  5. Bearfootfarm

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    'it's a shame to kill a tree.'

    It wont hurt the tree It just kills the roots it contacts inside the pipes. Much like pruning wont hurt it. A solid pipe WOULD go a long way towards solving the problem though.
     
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    other thing is that if roots are getting in ,so is rain water and there is a possibility of sewage getting out! common problem with older services.
     
  7. deaconjim

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    My parent's house had the same problem. My brother and I got tired of digging it up and cleaning out the line, so we dug it up and replaced it with PVC. We also replaced the galvanized water line at the same time. We never had to go back.
     
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    Copper sulfate twice a year. Get it at a hardware store/Walmart.
     
  10. Puddin

    Puddin Well-Known Member

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    It is PVC pipe...our ground moves with frost and heating, the PVC is the best we can do, but, at the joints is where the tree roots are getting in. I have tried all the chemicals available to me, and I only have to do this every two years (get the rooters out). I will certainly try the salt though! Once I get it open.
    How would the heavy copper pipe work? that is interesting.....If I end up digging this up, I"ll remember this advice.
    I thought this would be a good question to ask in this forum, there are alot of ingenius folks here, willing to share their knowledge and experiences.
    Thanks for your replies!
    Gloria
     
  11. Windy in Kansas

    Windy in Kansas In Remembrance

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    Most PVC lines have glued joints where the joined sections weld chemically and become one solid piece. This would leave no way for roots to get into the pipe.

    Maybe you have the pipe joints that slip together with a rubber ring.

    At any rate I'd talk to those that installed the line and inquire as to why it is failing.
     
  12. RachAnn in NW Okla

    RachAnn in NW Okla Well-Known Member

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    we have a system in our town that is like "open canal" or something like that....the sewer system runs down the alley....it is a big rectangle....all of the individual home sewer lines just dead-end into the top section of the box....the wastewater falls into the 'canal'......


    well this open-ended pipe causes major probs....we dump "Root Killer" [found at walmart in the RV section (near the ceiling fans)] 1/2 down the toilet and 1/2 down the access cap......or toilet doesnt have enough umph to push it all down the pipe which is why we use the access cap

    we do this at least 1x each year....early early spring sometimes in the fall too

    Rachel
     
  13. Farmer Willy

    Farmer Willy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Darlin it sounds like ya'll got a bigger problem than tree roots if the town is one open sewer. P.U.
     
  14. Puddin

    Puddin Well-Known Member

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    Thanks RachAnn....I will most certainly look into that!
    Gloria
     
  15. RachAnn in NW Okla

    RachAnn in NW Okla Well-Known Member

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    I guess I didnt explain it very well......

    the city guy explained it to us as a big rectangle box buried under the alleyway....it is deep and my household pipe just goes right up to the top portion of the box and the wastewater falls down inside the 'canal'......it is covered completely but because of the way that all the pipes go into the "mainline" the treeroots tend to clog the end of the household pipes

    Root Killer can also be found at Atwoods but it is like $8 there and like $6.50 at Walmart

    I am about 99% sure that this is the bottle:

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    Rachel