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Roots in my pipes. Easy fix?

Post by BigJesse » Sun Oct 27, 2019 8:54 am

Just bought our house in June. Last week we had some backup sewage coming up through our bathrooms. We ended up calling an emergency plumbing service to clear the issue. They sent a camera in the clean out and saw that there were multiple spots where roots have made their way into the pipe. Luckily none are under the house.

It's a single stretch of pipe all the way to the main so it seems like the most difficult part of replacing it would be digging it up. Am I wrong? What am I missing? Suggestions?

I'm a fairly confident and capable handyman but I've never done any plumbing. I do have a family member who has some plumbing experience to help.

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Post by YoungBlacksmith » Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:55 am

I don't have much experience with roots in pipes, but I have dug many trenches. Digging is easy, even in your tough soil. Removal is smelly. Disposal of the old pipe may be your hardest part. I don't see it being that tough to DIY, but I don't know about permits and such in your area.

Plumbing is like tinkertoys, fun, easy stuff. Get the same size pipe and you'll be good to go with a few fittings and glue. Just make sure to get enough glue on, give it a quarter twist, and hold it for about 30 seconds. I'd probably do a clamp on flexible fitting on the city end and glue the rest to the house, unless you have enough space to meet in the middle where you can lift, glue, and wiggle it together while pushing it down.
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Post by BigJesse » Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:14 pm

Damn permits. That may be the hardest part.
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Re: Roots in my pipes. Easy fix?

Post by joseph_d » Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:58 am

Aaron already gave you a piece of advice on replacement.
We've been in a similar situation before, so maybe you'll find this useful as well.

I would have the roots removed from the existing line, followed by a dose of copper sulfate. Copper sulfate for tree roots should be available at any hardware store, Home Depot, Lowes, etc. It may have a brand name such as RootX or RootBGone. It is can of small blue crystals.
You just flush it down a toilet. Follow the directions on the can for when to do it and how often (need to warn you, it works only if roots are still young!). I believe it is once or twice a year. And it does not harm the trees (which was extremely important to us, since our neighbour refused to cut down his maple) .
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Post by BigJesse » Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:20 pm

Easy fix? Not so much. Man was this a brutal day.
After getting the proper permit and 811 to come out and locate I enlisted the help of our tiny, wiry compadre James to help dig.
NINE HOURS LATER we finished... digging. Then another 2 hours later we finished repairing the pipe and partially burying it (had to get more stuff to finish the cleanout).
So in total it took 12.5 hours and $110 to fix this.
It was one of the most physically demanding days I've had in a very long time. 2 grown men digging for 9 hours straight. We did this last Friday (11/15) and I still don't have my full grip strength back.

A lesson learned and a huge burden lifted.

Sorry no pics. No time and I had no motivation to take them.

Edit: James took 1 picture.
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Post by YoungBlacksmith » Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:38 am

Glad you got it fixed, now you know why plumbers cost so much!
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Post by jeffro » Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:21 pm

Dayum, for all that work and money you could have built a nice outhouse.
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Post by YoungBlacksmith » Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:12 pm

LOL!
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