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best root killer?

Posted by dedtired (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 18, 11 at 13:33

I had the main drain from my house cleaned out this morning and also got a video (with souvenir cd!). I've had a root problem for many years. I tried a new drain cleaning company this time and they did a far more complete job than the one I used in the past.

They recommend putting root killer into the system twice a year. Can anyone recommend an especially good product? I'd love to be able to go a few years before having to have it cleaned out again. What has worked well for you?


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RE: best root killer?

Are the roots coming from the top or the bottom/sides? If from the top, you need a foaming root killer. The root killer, any root killer, will never solve the problem, just postpone it - eventually the line will need to be replaced.

RE: best root killer?

Pretty much from all around, according to what I saw on the video. The plumbers said the pipes are in pretty good shape. The roots are getting in through the joints.

Is foaming root killer something I can apply myself?

RE: best root killer?

Yes. There are instructions on the container. Just be certain if you flush it down the toilet (as per the instructions) that you do so quickly to avoid a foam monster taking over your bathroom. If you have a clean-out it can be poured into, I would use that.

There are a variety of brands you can find - as far as I know they all use the same chemicals, but strength could vary. Just google it - you will find what you are looking for.

RE: best root killer?

Yes, I do have a vent on the front lawn. If I'm dealing with foam monsters, I'd rather do it outside. Thanks for the tip.

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