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Tidybuoy 12-23-2020 12:13 PM

Got Roots! Plumbing is Fun
About every two years I have to ream out the sewer pipe on my old 70 yr old house. The problem cam on quick this year with the shower drain getting slow a few weeks ago and then coming to a complete stop this week.

To snake out the system, I removed the toilet because my clean out is hard to get to and I blew out the wax ring when plunging he drain so I was going to have to replace anyway.

Below are a few photos of my handy work. What a mess! About 4 cups of roots came out.

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RWebb 12-23-2020 12:15 PM

you need to buy a chainsaw...

stevej37 12-23-2020 12:23 PM

Are you connected to a city sewer system?
Or your own septic system?

Tidybuoy 12-23-2020 12:29 PM


Originally Posted by stevej37 (Post 11153217)
Are you connected to a city sewer system?
Or your own septic system?

City Sewer. I had a plumber clean out the pipe about 10 years ago and he told me that I would probably need to do this every year (or replace the sewer line). After paying $150 I decided to buy my own power snake. It does the job but this time I waited a few years which is why there were so many roots. I need to stock up on copper sulfate so that it doesn't build back up.

I also have a clean out pipe that sticks out of the ground about a foot - this is out at the street. My only problem is that I can't get the snake to go towards the house; it turns towards the street and main sewer. The plumber had a piece of metal that he used to get his snake to curve towards the house - I need to make something like that so I don't have to pull the toilet out.

fintstone 12-23-2020 12:29 PM

After you finish, go to Home Depot and buy some Copper sulfate crystals to pour down your drain a couple of times each year so you don't have to keep doing this.

stevej37 12-23-2020 12:37 PM

If you have an Agricultural supply store near you....copper sulfate is readily available and cheap.

cabmando 12-23-2020 12:38 PM

A lot of fiber in your diet?:D

908/930 12-23-2020 12:48 PM

+1 for copper sulfate, flush down a cup at night. I would not be handling those roots with my bare hands.

Zeke 12-23-2020 02:12 PM

IDK if I'd handle that with bare hands,

(Says the guy sitting here on an IV of antibiotics for a serious staph infection that caused my shoulder replacement prosthesis to be completely removed.)

stevej37 12-23-2020 02:17 PM

I've roto-rooted out roots from my drain...and they never looked that good.
Mine are black and mushy...I have no pics.

Copper sulfate should help.

RWebb 12-23-2020 03:14 PM

cut those trees down

Evans, Marv 12-23-2020 03:14 PM

What about the possibility of having a company come, clean out the pipes, & do that coating process with plastic, resin, or whatever they use to coat the inside of the pipes?

Nostril Cheese 12-23-2020 03:37 PM

+1 on copper sulfate and no bare hands.

We have this issue at my house and the sulfate has really helped.

herr_oberst 12-23-2020 06:34 PM

I haven't read any of the other posts but the OP should use a little copper sulfate down the drain now and then - helps to keep the roots at bay.

Also, who would touch those roots with their bare hands
? eeww! ecch!

Por_sha911 12-25-2020 04:39 PM

FYI: tree roots grow in diameter as they grow into the pipe. They can also wrap around a pipe and crush it. Eventually you'll be replacing the line.

dan88911 12-25-2020 05:09 PM

I use to have that same problem with my sewer line.
I had the sewer waste line replaced via the trench less method.
Money well spent.

Por_sha911 12-26-2020 08:39 AM

Sounds like they put in an insert (also called a liner). They are good in that the cost is much lower and you don't have to tear up the yard. I wonder if there is an issue with reducing the inside diameter of the pipe.

GH85Carrera 12-26-2020 12:10 PM

I had roots in my sewer line at my old house. I had a clean out in the back yard at the edge of my patio marked. So one shovel full of grass got me to the clean out cover and the sewer cleaner guy had easy access. I would flush rock salt down the toilet a few times per year. I had the roto rooter guy out every two years.

stevej37 12-26-2020 12:15 PM

rock salt? What was that supposed to do?

look 171 12-26-2020 12:31 PM

Siht flows downhill, Friday is payday, and you never shake the plumber's hand. You ever see your plumber bite his finger nails?

We were doing a gut job to half the house. Plumber was there as we pulled the toilet to the part of the house that was to left un-touched. I looked at the flange, rust. I am thinking, the pipes should be good so we just change out the closet flange. My plumber, was right there and he goes and squat, sticks his finger in the 4" pipe and rubs it against the pipe and said, " Pipe's in good shape. We will pull the flange and you are good". No gloves, nothing. I said, you do remember their siht goes right there? He smiles and said, its clean. Its been years, I never shook his hand again, ever. His kids are not working along side him, so when I write the check, I leave it clipped behind his windshield wipers. No man, they do not normally wash their hands before they have lunch. Yep, same guys that had to deal with the crazy runner that posted about him on Nextdoor

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