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Old 06-30-2020, 10:26 AM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Get a bag of copper sulfate crystals. Open ALL windows in the bathroom (CS will create some nasty fumes) Put NO MORE than a half-cup in a COMMODE (ONLY), then flush it. Wait about 5 minutes, then flush again (don't add any more crystals - it's just to ensure you flush it down to the area affected). Repeat the flush cycle 2-3 more times. CLOSE the bathroom door - the fumes CAN be toxic to pets, so either remove them from the house, or put a fan in the bathroom that's blowing out the window so as to create a negative pressure on the room to avoid fumes going into the house.

Repeat the process every 6 months or so - we used this on my parents ranch for MANY years and they never had to replace their lines. Copper Sulfate is toxic to plants, but it doesn't "travel" in their roots, so only the roots coming in contact are affected.

Hope that helps!
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Old 06-30-2020, 09:05 PM
 
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Had tree roots cause this problem at my shop. It is undoubtedly all,the bamboo next door. Bruce David Johnson, licensed master plumber came out and snaked a tool to cut the roots and then treated with a chemical guaranteed for one year. Cost was not remotely in the area you describe.



Don
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Old 07-04-2020, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, TX
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One of the reasons why I cut down all the trees that were close to my house. They (their roots) were also effecting my foundation.
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Old Yesterday, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Get a bag of copper sulfate crystals. Open ALL windows in the bathroom (CS will create some nasty fumes) Put NO MORE than a half-cup in a COMMODE (ONLY), then flush it. Wait about 5 minutes, then flush again (don't add any more crystals - it's just to ensure you flush it down to the area affected). Repeat the flush cycle 2-3 more times. CLOSE the bathroom door - the fumes CAN be toxic to pets, so either remove them from the house, or put a fan in the bathroom that's blowing out the window so as to create a negative pressure on the room to avoid fumes going into the house.

Repeat the process every 6 months or so - we used this on my parents ranch for MANY years and they never had to replace their lines. Copper Sulfate is toxic to plants, but it doesn't "travel" in their roots, so only the roots coming in contact are affected.

Hope that helps!
wow! this sounds really interesting...worth looking into.
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Old Yesterday, 09:07 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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wow! this sounds really interesting...worth looking into.
It's an "old-school" remedy taught me by my parents back before the day of solving all your problems with some bottle of overpriced chemical elixir.
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Old Yesterday, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Had tree roots cause this problem at my shop. It is undoubtedly all,the bamboo next door. Bruce David Johnson, licensed master plumber came out and snaked a tool to cut the roots and then treated with a chemical guaranteed for one year. Cost was not remotely in the area you describe.



Don
yes, got hold of another plumber who is a friend of my neighbor's and this is what he said he could do. He has clients that call him once a year to run the tool down and cut through the roots. At least it would buy some time. This new plumber looked at the estimate from the original plumbing company and he said: "you realize that they are charging you $1000 per foot to fix it..."
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Old Yesterday, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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yes, got hold of another plumber who is a friend of my neighbor's and this is what he said he could do. He has clients that call him once a year to run the tool down and cut through the roots. At least it would buy some time. This new plumber looked at the estimate from the original plumbing company and he said: "you realize that they are charging you $1000 per foot to fix it..."
Yep, same thing happened to my mom. Ran a tool to cut the roots and told her to pour a specific root chemical that was sewer system safe every 6 months or so.

It really makes me mad when tradesmen rip people off.
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