7th Oct 2007, 02:49 AM #1
Removing roots from pipes without replacing pipes
I've got some PCV pipe (90mm) that roots have managed to find their way into. A few larger roots through the middle (half a dozen 5mm to 10mm roots) with the rest of the pipe full of fine roots.
What is the best way to remove the roots, without digging up all the pipes and replacing them, as only sections can be easily replaced. I have removed the offending trees so the roots are no longer feeding anything.
What about something like Caustic Soda?
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7th Oct 2007, 04:07 AM #2
chemicals only do half the job in most cases, you can "kill" the roots, but you still have a blockage it takes forever to decompose.....so that leaves two options (without removing pipes), hire a worm machine from your local hire place ( long flexable cable with an attachment on the end designed for clearing pipes, and driven by electric/petrol motor).....or hire a plumber to do it for you......
if you try one yourself you stand a good chance of breaking the pipe,breaking the machine, or getting really frustrated and breaking both ....these machines are not toys and used by someone trained have great success, used by untrained persons can cause more damage than good ...even I would'nt attempt it ........my best advice ......call a plumber and get the job done properly the first time.
7th Oct 2007, 02:46 PM #3
Hi - I am surprised that roots have penetrated PVC. Personally, I wouldn't use a machine as I think it would be too harsh for the plastic, which sounds like it has deteriorated and become brittle anyway. Hate to say it, but it sounds like a job for a shovel and a good amount of swearingSteve
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7th Oct 2007, 03:15 PM #4
7th Oct 2007, 09:08 PM #5
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7th Oct 2007, 09:19 PM #6
plumber here uses a high pressure water jet
first, to clear the fine roots a slug with backward facing water jet outlet forces its way through
secondly, then a cutter that fits on the end of the same water jet to cut the big stuff.
havent had a problem with it causing damage to the PVC.... (yet?)
7th Oct 2007, 11:22 PM #7
7th Oct 2007, 11:48 PM #8
just thinking about it .... possibly plastic pipes may actually be better for machining then clay .... will be very interested to see how this one works out!Steve
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8th Oct 2007, 01:27 AM #9
After it has been unblocked, you can then use the Rootox & Actizyme to keep it clear.“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success... Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.” - Nikola Tesla.