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Cleaning Roots Out Of Septic Tanks


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Many of us automatically think when our septic system starts to back up and become clogged that it’s because of the roots spreading from our trees. In some cases, that is not the issue. It could very well be a clog from the sludge that has formed at the bottom of your septic tank; leaving less space and time for the waste water to settle before passing to the drain field. More than likely if that occurred you’re not using a preventive maintenance treatment like Activator 1000. If it is sludge that is causing problems to your system, using our product will resolve those issues. This is the first step you should try to see if it is the sludge causing the clog. If this isn’t the issue, the next step would be to remove the roots.


Now see roots are attracted to water and nutrients that are in the ground. Trees are always searching for moisture and nutrients. They can sense the moisture, which will lead the roots right to the septic system. Roots will grow through drain pipes, they will find the weakest spots, and grow through cracks in the concrete. After time this will cause blockage in your septic tank and even back up into your home. This becomes not only very hazardous, but also a very costly problem. There are a few different ways you can get rid of the roots.


You can take a trip to your local hardware store and purchase a plumbers snake. A plumber snake is a coiled metal wire with space between the coils at the end, The other end is attached to a device with a crank that rotates the wire as it moves down into the pipe. What this will do, is break the roots into small pieces. This will then allow it to pass through the pipe making it unclogged.


Cooper Sulfate

Another method, you can use to get rid of the roots, is with copper sulfate. It is an inorganic compound that combines sulfur with copper. It comes in a few different forms; crystal, liquid, and powder. It can be flushed down the toilet, and is recommended only to be used once a year.  It is very toxic, and can corrode chrome , iron, and even brass piping. That’s why after the use of copper sulfate you want to use a maintenance treatment to replenish the bacteria. If neither one of those methods doesn’t seem to work you may need to seek a professional septic system company. This just means that the problem is deeper then you can get to and they might have to go through the septic tank itself.


Some things you may want to think about would be to remove any trees within 30 feet from the septic system. Also before planting any trees research for the trees that grow slower. For example, a Weeping Willow is going to grow faster then a Blue Ash tree. You would want trees that are going to grow at a slow pace anywhere near your system.

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