Any way to permanently kill roots in sewer line?

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EDWINJCB

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Just had a plumber tell me I had roots growing into a 4" sewer line that are buried under a concrete slab foundation. Two bathrooms back to back with a common wall between them. He hydrojetted the lines to get them flowing, but they will likely grow back. Was told a permanent fix would require jack hammering through the concrete to the pipes, then replacing them, at great cost and inconvenience. Is there a cheaper, faster way to do this? What about cuttting off the roots at the tree, or wherever they originate? Thanks for any ideas!
 

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Just had a plumber tell me I had roots growing into a 4" sewer line that are buried under a concrete slab foundation. Two bathrooms back to back with a common wall between them. He hydrojetted the lines to get them flowing, but they will likely grow back. Was told a permanent fix would require jack hammering through the concrete to the pipes, then replacing them, at great cost and inconvenience. Is there a cheaper, faster way to do this? What about cuttting off the roots at the tree, or wherever they originate? Thanks for any ideas!
No not really. You need pipe that roots can't get into. Any root killer might work ok for a while. You will find that the effort and time trying to kill roots year round will get annoying. Who wants to constantly service there piping?
 

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I have had root problems with sewers LONG AFTER the tree was cut down, (even 30years later), stump removed, and all traces of the tree eliminated.
I suppose the tree species may play a part. but your cases proove its not an automatic fix
 

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You can burn and kill the roots by getting a few boxes of mothballs
that are used mostly for keeping moths from eating your stored clothes...

You take a handfull of mothballs in the evening and flush them down the toilet
and they lay in the line all night long and slowly break down.....

Mothballs are pretty toxic and they burn the hell out of the roots....
the mothballs are dirt cheap and I have told
people to do this bi-weekly-- monthly
 

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You can burn and kill the roots by getting a few boxes of mothballs
that are used mostly for keeping moths from eating your stored clothes...

You take a handfull of mothballs in the evening and flush them down the toilet
and they lay in the line all night long and slowly break down.....

Mothballs are pretty toxic and they burn the hell out of the roots....
the mothballs are dirt cheap and I have told
people to do this bi-weekly-- monthly
I was about to tell about mothballs. They work really fine.
 
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