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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Controlling Tree Roots in Plymouth Sewer Lines

There are few things that Plymouth MN homeowners fear like tree roots in their sewer line. It places the homeowner in a difficult predicament: if left untreated, the problem can continue to get worse. Treating this problem, however, can force a homeowner to seek out costly repairs and replacements. So, what do you do?

If tree roots have invaded your sewer lines, then you have no choice but to seek out a Plymouth MN sewer repair company. However, if you’re looking to prevent tree roots from invading your sewer lines, then one of the best ways to do so is with copper sulfate.

What’s copper sulfate?
It’s an inexpensive compound that can be found at most garden centers and drug stores. When used properly, it can result in spectacular control of root growth.

How do I use it?
The best way to utilize copper sulfate to offset the need for a Plymouth sewer repair company is to place about 1/2 cup (in small doses) into the toilet bowl and flush the toilet a few times to make sure the compound flows through the sewer. Never pour it down a sink or shower, as it can harm your home’s plumbing. It’s recommended by many manufacturers to leave your home for the day after treatment.

Does copper sulfate harm the tree?
No. It does not harm the tree or plant that is causing the problems. It does destroy organisms that are growing around the pipe, which helps to lessen intrusions into your sewer systems, but it does not attempt to harm the tree or plant.

What’s the benefit?
A 15 lbs. bag of copper sulfate can cost an average of $15. Replacing sewer lines can cost thousands of dollars. Therefore, you’ll save greatly by preventing the spread of tree roots and not needing a Plymouth sewer repair company.

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