Years ago, I started having spider roots growing into my drain line outside of the house. Disaster is an easy word to use when describing this. You know exactly what I'm talking about if you've experienced it, too. I had to have a plumber out at various times over the years to run the snake with a grinding bit on the end of it repeatedly. Replacing the exterior line was not an option ($5000-$10,000), yet it was costing me at least $300 every time that someone came out - once even two times in as many weeks.
Then, my house burned. (Yeah, I know that it sounds like a country song) The exterior line was completely impacted with debris and water for weeks after the fire. During rebuilding, my contractor worked with his plumber of choice, who had years of experience, and he recommended that I try Roebic's Foaming Root Killer. He said that it was the same thing as in Root X and much cheaper. So, I started using it.
Yes, I do still have the problems in the line, because I have very large trees in my yard, and I still can't afford the ever expensive replacing the line. But, I honestly believe that this product has reduced the number of my problems. I've taken to using it every, few months, just as an extra precaution, even though it says to use it once a year. But, I would much prefer to be safer than sorry. I do tend to have the issues more during the dry times of the year, because that's when roots are searching for water sources, and cracked, water lines are the perfect target for them. And as much as I love my current plumber who had to come out again this week because I haven't been home to keep up with my lines, he offered to use Root X on the line for $140. I'll continue using Roebic ($20).
Is it the perfect resolution to the problem? No, nothing outside of replacing the line is going to take care of that. But when used in a common sense manner as a preventative, it's been a great product. Would I continue using it, even if it meant that I had to pay $20 a month to buy a container of it? Absolutely.
And PS for those who have questioned - when you use it, do so when you head out to work in the morning or at night before you go to bed. Give it at least 5 hours to sit in the lines with no water running through them. The longer, the better. And when you do use it, have a bucket of water with you. Pour the root killer into the toilet and quickly pour the bucket of water in with it, this will prevent the foaming from happening so quickly that you can't flush in time. Then, just flush away. Make sure you wash your hands afterward. All done!
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