Roebic Labratories K-77 – 2 lb Root Killer
Pros: Works 100% – safe for plumbing – re-growth is prevented
Cons: Highly toxic and dangerous – banned in some states or counties
Finally discovered that I had roots in my sewer line. Ever since buying our home in 2010 our master bath and toilet would always drain slowly however 6 months ago I had a complete blockage. The plumber I hired cleared the line but didn’t say what the cause was or there were roots . A couple months later another backup so I went to Lowes and purchased a hand or drill-driven auger plus a couple of wax rings for the commode. Had to pull the toilet as that’s were we found the location of the original problem.
After a couple minutes, I could hear it flow. When we pulled out the auger there was a small clump of very fine roots at the spiral end, grape vine roots to be exact. I didn’t realize they could travel 7 ft under my slab foundation but they did.
Plan B: Buy root killer
Roebic K-77 – To kill existing roots then the dead plant growth will seal off the pipe or point of entry preventing re-growth.
Bought this stuff because of all the positive feedback. Only used half the bottle and – poured it onto a paper plate to avoid water splashing into the bottle and ruining the remaining product. Also, poured it in the same time I flushed. Waited 12 hours and noticed how quickly water was draining, especially when I flushed the toilet, like as if the water was being sucked out. Into week 4 and no evidence or problems like before when it would start slowing down after 2 weeks.
After reading the manufactures label, consumer reviews and how the product worked, I knew Roebic K-77 would be the cure. It just made perfect sense to poor half the jar (I figured less that 20 ft of line was effected). The foaming chemical would coat the entire pipe, do its duty in 8 to 12 hours then not worry about having to hire a professional to dig up the floor or spend thousands in repairs.