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Septic systems and roots
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Clark    Posted 02-02-2001 at 06:37:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can anyone recommend techniques(chemical,mechanical) of getting rid of roots and maintaining a root free septic system. All this without killing the septic tank.

Lou in Virginia    Posted 06-12-2001 at 09:53:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a similar problem to Clark, and would like to hear more about what others are doing. I just had roots reamed out of the inflow pipe, so I don't think the copper sulfate in the distribution box would do much to help that. I will try to get some out into the leech field via the distribution box, however. I too have questions about the CuSo4 effect on the creatures in the tank that cause the whole system to work. It probably will kill off the bacteria. Any other ideas out there??

ChuckKS    Posted 02-04-2001 at 18:44:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Root Killer for septic systems is copper sulfate and they sell it at building supply stores. You can flush it down your stool and remember that roots grow in the winter and the tree tops grow in the summer so I alway add root killer about the middle of november and again in Janurary other wise i'm in big trouble. I have lots of trees, wouldn't be without them. The copper sulfate doesn't harm the trees, just the roots in and around latterals and the tank.

TomJr -GA    Posted 11-22-2002 at 08:45:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Considering Cal S reponse about killing the digestive bacteria, have you had any problems there? My plumber has suggested using Copper Sulfate in the same way you said (down the toilet), but he wasn't sure about the good little bugs. I have a potential root problem, and just wish I HAD known about the used copper pipe solution, as I only had my system installed about 3-4 months ago..

Nathan(GA)    Posted 02-02-2001 at 13:50:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've been told salt will do it, but know for a fact.

Nathan(GA)    Posted 02-02-2001 at 13:51:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hit the button too fast. Should have read, don't know for a fact.

Cal S    Posted 02-02-2001 at 06:54:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
If it is a new installation you can lay used copper tubing alond side the leach feild tubes. Copper sulfate is death on tree roots. On existing system dig up your distribution box/grease trap and pour in copper sulfate powderit will flow down the feild fingers and kill the roots there. Do not put it into your septic tank, as I don't know what effect it would have on your tank creatures.

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