RootX Foaming Root Control
The Root Intrusion Solution
  • A non-systemic contact root control, therefore killing the roots in contact not the tree or plant itself
  • Creates a powerful root killing foam on contact with water
  • Safe, effective, & simple. Just add water!
  • One 2 pound jar will handle approximately 50 feet of 4-inch pipe
  • RootX leaves a residue above the water line that continues to kill roots and inhibits new growth for up to 12 months

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 pipe.

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.

1. The best application is through the clean-out.

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.