main line

joe_mnOctober 14, 2010

have root clog issue. city put camera down main cleanout in house. about 10 ft in, there was a good root growth. camera actually pushed most of root ball out to street. cannot detect any misalignment in pipe. used rental auger with 3-4" cutter and drain worked fine for 1yr. than backed up again. i have a heavy piece of poly tube that i feed down cleanout and can always get water to flow. footing is 4' below street level. 50' house to street. i can see down into cleanout and pipe than appears to run level out to street. i assume it angles down to 8'-10' feet at street? city guy said dig down and pack cement around pipe. ugh. big hole. use root killer chemical? or use rental auger once a year?

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I'd use the auger when needed, after pouring down a dose of root killer and letting it try to do the job.
I'd also try to discern which tree or shrub is the source of the roots and decide if keeping it around is worth the trouble. (Mine was a lopsided tree, and it wasn't.)

    Bookmark   October 14, 2010 at 5:18PM
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The roots are going to continue to grow. Unless you cut the offending tree(it will still grow roots for up to 2 years) or dig the pipe, cut the root and fix the hole where it entered, you need to auger every year at least.

Root killer down the piep won't do alot since it will just run through the pipe to the street.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2010 at 8:19AM
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camera was rotated so image was upside down. roots where hanging "up". looked funny till we figured out the image. the main line goes under the footing. city sewer was added after house was built. house was built with well/septic and than 5yrs later city sewer/water was added. just love paying for that stuff twice. i planted shrubs in front 15yrs ago? no trees. L- shaped shrub line. so there are 4 bushes parallel to line. directly on top. next to 3yr old new sidewalk.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2010 at 10:42AM
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