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    I&C Engineer (mostly WWTP) Lakee911's Avatar
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    Default Just cleaned my sewer lateral...

    Just got done cleaning my sewer lateral. Had slow draining whenever showering with the washer running and what not. Today I found some 'toilet debris' on the basement floor next to the drain. Went out to the Orange Box and rented a big honkin' thing to clean it out. I found the clog within the first 15 feet (not sure which way the drain flows outside, need to call the city). Ran the thing to the end of the cable --100 feet and it never stopped! When I pulled it up, I found tampons and tree roots. Ran it in again and it came clean.

    Knowing I have a problem, what shouldn't we flush down? Sticker in basement from first cleaning in '68 and then I guess there after each year. House is from 1923.

    Thanks,
    Jason

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    Other than toilet paper - you should not flush anything that you haven't eaten!
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    When the pipe is cleared, you can flush anything through it. As the roots grow back, they will start to catch any solids in the flow, including toilet paper.

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    At least toilet paper and solid waste have a chance of breaking down until it eventually catches up with itself... but tampons? No chance at all, definitely put a stop to that one...

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    Well, last October I rooted out the line again and used RootX. It bought me a month, I guess, because here I am again! I can almost set my watch...err calendar...by this! I bought the new RootX about 2 weeks ago. I've been waiting and watching for it. Washing machine backed up in the basement last night.

    Tomorrow I'll rent the auger and go to town.

    I was thinking of using some cupper sulfate too...maybe in the spring/early summer. Is cupper sulfate and RootX overkill?

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    Jason

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    Rootx Is guaranteed to work. That is if you sent in the warranty card. They would send you a new jar. I know the stuff works. I apply it to peoples drains often.

    You need to use the largest blade you can get down the drain. The product rootx needs to be applied with in 2 hours after the roots are cut or It will not work, or 6 months after. You need to read the directions. You need to know the over all length of the drain and the pipe size. The pipe in your house might be 4" cast iron but the drain out side might goto 5"-6". That is why I put a camera down the drain after I cut the roots so I can figure out if the drain just needs rootx or dug up.

    If you cant tell what size it is figure it is bigger and get the length and apply extra if needed.

    I'm not a big fan of the
    copper sulfate because roots grow down from the top so they need to get to the copper sulfate were as the rootx foams to the roots.
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