04:43PM | 01/01/01
Member Since: 12/31/00
4 lifetime posts
help!!! I have roots that grow into my sewer lines. Last year I had a plumber in to fix things, and he cracked the toilet, and I had to have a new one installed. At any rate I desided to do it myself this year, I don't want to do that again. While I was home for the hollidays, I saw a cousin, he said that he puts copper sulphite, or copper oxide in his toilet twice a year. Anyway now that I am back in Florida nobody seems to know about this trick, and they think I am nuts.I had seen an add for roots no more or something like that,but I can't seem to find the catalog I saw it in. I am dissabled, and it is very difficult for me to remove the toilet,snake out the drain, and reseat the toilet myself. I can do it, but I sure hope there is an easier solution.


04:18AM | 01/03/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
When I had my septic system serviced awhile back, the service man gave me some copper sulfate to use for killing roots.
You didn't say if you're on a septic system or "city" sewer. If you are on city sewer, I doubt it would help much. On a private septic system, it should help.
IMPORTANT - his instructions were to dilute a couple spoonfuls of copper sulfate in water, then pour it into the LAST tank in my system. (My system has 3 concrete tanks.) The tank has a heavy concrete cover that requires very heavy lifting to move.
If you do this, use a plastic container because that stuff ruined my galvanized bucket. If you flush it down the toilet, it would almost certainly kill the bacteria in the first tank that breaks down the sewage - and that could cause problems.
Good luck.


07:19PM | 01/10/01
Member Since: 01/09/01
15 lifetime posts
Being by one of the great lakes we were told by plumbers here we are not permitted to us copper sulphite, or copper oxide, it will kill roots but also other plants as will.
Remember it all comes back to us in the end, food, drinking water..... I would talk to your local plumber about having a clean out stack installed if you are using city sewer then you could rent a snake and clean it out yourself as we do once a year. Keep in mind that some day you might have to replace the pipes. Check to see if roots are fine like hair or thicker and if you come back with mud it may be telling you of a broke pipe. other wise root-x and other products at your local DIY or hardware for septic system and I would still us it once every month. Hope the best for you.

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