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How can I kill roots in a sewer pipe?

Roots blocking my sewer pipe.

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    Amanda Drew Oct 05, 2017

    My sewer line is all backed up, and it's making a gross smell in my bathroom. Maybe it's plant roots like what's happening with yours. I bet that if we both got a professional repair service they'd be able to get rid of those roots and maybe even fix the sewer line if it was damaged.http://www.goldsealplumbing.com/leak-rep...

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Lodger, you're in kind of deep on this one.

Killing the roots would be only the first step in solving your problem.
There is obviously some physical damage to your pipe as well which would have to be repaired to prevent raw sewage from leaking.... somewhere. Over time this could easily lead to a sinkhole.

I'd call a Pro if I were you.
Sorry I couldn't be the bearer of better news.

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Posted on Apr 03, 2015

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You can use chemical treatments, but they will not show immediate results. Recommend calling a plumber to cut the roots out, and then treat with a commercial product such as RootX. Here are some links about other treatments:

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Did you see them pull out the roots? The camera has become a sale tool that makes a great deal of money. If I were you I would sit on the job and not do anything right now.

If and when it stops up again you need to watch them work. Check the cable they are going to use and make sure there are not roots on the cable from an other job. Then watch them run the cable if they dont pull back roots. You dont have roots.

If they do pull back roots then you must chose to kive with the cost of snaking out the line lets say every year or 6 months. If that the case you need to ask your self how long am I going to stay here,

It might be cheaper to clean the drain out for 200.00 than to spent 10.000.00 for a new line.

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