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Sewer root doom - anybody know how to get rid of tree roots in your sewer line without paying a ton of money to a plumber?

 
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Sewer root doom - anybody know how to get rid of tree roots in your sewer line without paying a ton of money to a plumber?
I have read about various alternative methods online, including dumping rock salt down your toilet/clean out because it will be absorbed by the roots and kill them.

Just curious if anybody has any experience with this and if any of these 'cheap' methods work effectively.

I really don't want to (not too mention can't afford to) pay a plumber upwards of $10,000 to dig up my front yard and replace an old sewer line.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Re: Sewer root doom - anybody know how to get rid of tree roots in your sewer line without paying a ton of money to a plumber?
SALT!
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Re: Sewer root doom - anybody know how to get rid of tree roots in your sewer line without paying a ton of money to a plumber?
Move
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Re: Sewer root doom - anybody know how to get rid of tree roots in your sewer line without paying a ton of money to a plumber?
Shit a Beaver !!!
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Re: Sewer root doom - anybody know how to get rid of tree roots in your sewer line without paying a ton of money to a plumber?
buy a pigs tail and rods take half an hour to clean them out
though if they have roots in they are leaking and the next thing you will have is subsidence
in uk you can claim off buildings insurance for roots its classed as accidental damage
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Re: Sewer root doom - anybody know how to get rid of tree roots in your sewer line without paying a ton of money to a plumber?
whatever you do, make sure to fix it now. we had a similar situation at my mom's house in nyc.

the sewage pipe was leaking, the water attracted the tree root which broke the pipe - then the sink hole came lol. it cost thousands to fix, and to refill with dirt. the city doesn't pay for it.
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Re: Sewer root doom - anybody know how to get rid of tree roots in your sewer line without paying a ton of money to a plumber?
I had the same problem.....if the root intrusion ain't too bad, use RootX to kill the roots in the sewer....if the roots are too extensive, you'll need to get the roots cut first by a plumber......
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Re: Sewer root doom - anybody know how to get rid of tree roots in your sewer line without paying a ton of money to a plumber?
Buy a shovel and dig yourself.
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Re: Sewer root doom - anybody know how to get rid of tree roots in your sewer line without paying a ton of money to a plumber?
go buy a pick and shovel and start digging.

oh, and get boots too, LOL
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Re: Sewer root doom - anybody know how to get rid of tree roots in your sewer line without paying a ton of money to a plumber?
Buy a shovel and dig yourself.
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doh!, you beat me to it. LOL
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Re: Sewer root doom - anybody know how to get rid of tree roots in your sewer line without paying a ton of money to a plumber?
Oh....I forgot....the root trimming cost $400 bucks and the rootX is $45....I use the rootx every other year in spring and no more problems.....
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Re: Sewer root doom - anybody know how to get rid of tree roots in your sewer line without paying a ton of money to a plumber?
Buy a shovel and dig yourself.
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doh!, you beat me to it. LOL
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And new PVC pipes as well.
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Re: Sewer root doom - anybody know how to get rid of tree roots in your sewer line without paying a ton of money to a plumber?
Rent a rotor ruter??? Caustic soda???
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Re: Sewer root doom - anybody know how to get rid of tree roots in your sewer line without paying a ton of money to a plumber?
Rent the machine. go on youtube and watch a video or two. search google.
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Re: Sewer root doom - anybody know how to get rid of tree roots in your sewer line without paying a ton of money to a plumber?
Thanks for all the feedback so far, I don't think the situation is too out of control yet because when I take a plunger to the cleanout it unclogs the line (i figured out this works after spending $100+ twice in 6 months to have a plumber snake it with a machine).

The last time it was snaked I paid the plumber to run the camera down the line and you could definitely see the root intrusion but it was't bad enough where the lines were completely clogged.

I did see that foaming root killer stuff that you can buy at home depot as well for like $20 bucks. Plus rock salt is pretty cheap even though it's harder to find here in california because of the lack of snow.

Of course a plumber isn't going to tell you about this stuff because they want you to spend thousands on costly pipe repairs.
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Re: Sewer root doom - anybody know how to get rid of tree roots in your sewer line without paying a ton of money to a plumber?
looks like no easy fix op, it's one of those crappy things that happen
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Re: Sewer root doom - anybody know how to get rid of tree roots in your sewer line without paying a ton of money to a plumber?
Stuff a bunch of hamsters down the toilet?

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