THE PROBLEM OF PIPELINE ROOT
The EPA states that pipeline root
intrusion is the single most destructive problem facing municipal
maintenance departments. Sanitary and storm lines provide a warm, moist
environment that attracts roots. Once the roots enter a pipe they can choke
the pipe with roots, stopping the flow and causing structural damage to the
SAFE TO USE
Classified as a General USE Product by the
EPA, RootX can be utilized in both Sanitary and Storm lines without
adversely affecting the environment or the people who apply it. General Use
Products do not require certification for application in most states. Once
RootX foams it creates a sodium sulfamate which acts as food for bacteria.
This means RootX can be utilized near a treatment plant or in a septic tank
without harming the treatment process.
RootX utilizes the aquatic herbicide
Dichlobenil to kill the roots and inhibit their re-growth. The concentration
of Dichlobenil put on the roots during a RootX application is 500ppm. Tests
have shown that Dichlobenil will kill roots at concentrations of 100ppm.
RootX also contains surfactants which strip away grease and grime on the
roots and pipe walls. The powerful foaming action of RootX acts as a
vehicle, making sure that the Dichlobenil and surfactants reach the top of
the pipe where 90% of pipeline root intrusion occurs.
1. Add entire contents of the 2 pound
jar into a pail or bucket and mix the two components that were in the jar
thoroughly without water.
2. Then either dump the RootX
mixture into the toilet bowl slowly, or a sewer cleanout if available.
Note: Make sure that when you are pouring the chemical into the application
site you do not create a splash which could come in contact with and burn
the users eyes.
3. When applying into the
toilet make sure to flush immediately after emptying the contents, this will
help avoid a foam overflowing the bowl. When applying into a sewer cleanout
make sure to follow the application with 3 - 5 gallons of water.
4. It is recommended that you
restrict water usage from 4-6 hours after treatment to assure absorption of
the chemical into the roots.
TROUBLESHOOTING AND TIPS
1. The best application is through the
2. Application is best from
early fall through late spring except if the ground is frozen. If the ground
is frozen, the roots will be dormant and will not be extracting nutrients
from the soil. During the summer, the tree and leaves tend to grow more and
the roots less.
3. If the RootX foam gets on
any carpet, do not
apply any cleaning detergent. Allow the foam to dry and vacuum it up.
Otherwise discoloration may result.
4. Never use more than 2
pounds of RootX if applying through a toilet.
5. If the root intrusion is
heavy (i.e. near blockage), it is recommended that the roots be cut prior to
the RootX treatment.
6. If you must cut out the
roots before application, RootX must be applied immediately (within the
first hour) or you need to wait 6-8 weeks. The reason for this is that as
soon as roots are damaged or cut, they start secreting sap. This sap will
build up enough to become a barrier between the chemical and the wood tissue
within 2-4 hours. By waiting 6-8 weeks, you will have given enough time for
the roots to grow back through the sap, thus allowing for the RootX to come
in contact with the wood tissue.