Expensive tree roots in my drain

Asked March 10, 2014, 1:32 PM EDT

I have been blessed with a huge tree right in front of my home. Didn't realize, when I moved in here, that I would need to "roto root" it, once or twice a year. Would love to find a permanent solution to this expensive procedure. Are there any ways to kill these roots, once and for all? Any suggestions will be very much appreciated!! Thank you for your time. A Sr. lady in Oelwein, IA

Fayette County Iowa

1 Response

Unfortunately, tree removal and pipe replacement are the only long term solution to the problem. For tree removal to be effective, the stump should be treated with a herbicide to destroy the tree's root system. Pipe replacement involves removing the old, defective sewer line and laying down a new pipe. Tree removal and pipe replacement are both costly.

Mechanically removing the roots with winches, jetters, or other devices only provide short term relief.