Granuals for tree roots in water lines? - Knowledgebase Question

Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 8B)
Question by katiek6
August 8, 2007
WE seem to get tree roots in our water lines and will stop up the toilets. A friend mentioned you carry some granuals for disolving tree roots. Do you? Are these granuals ok to use in and around septic tanks? Thanks


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Answer from NGA
August 8, 2007

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There is a product called Rootkill that's readily available. It contains copper sulfate. According to the label, it is a root killer and works to effectively kill roots and retard new growth in sewer lines, septic tanks, cesspools and drain fields. The tiny root hairs from trees and shrubbery growing near sewer lines and septic systems enter the plumbing waste systems thorugh cracks, small holes, and pipe joints in search of water and nutrients. Yearly use of Root Kill clears pipes clogged with roots. Or use it on a more frequent basis to prevent regrowth. Copper Sulfate is a long-established method of controlling root damage in residential and commercial drain systems.

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