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Post  vigil5j on 9/8/2016, 11:56 pm

Good evening.  My name is John.  I am looking for advise on how to get rid of roots in my drainage pipes.  I currently have roots coming up through the shower drain.  Can someone who has dealt with this issue to advise.  I would appreciate it.
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Post  plantoid on 9/9/2016, 12:54 am

That is a big problem for roots in a drain usually also mean rats can gain access via the broken drainage pipes

 Can you dig ( & back fill correctly)  the trenches out yourself if you're fit enough ....... it's far cheaper than hiring a contractor .

I'm crippled in spine & upper left body ,I dug mine out a bit each morning , noon & early evening ,  used a long handled spade that has a blade 5 inches wide & 7 inches long..
It took me several months once the surface slabs of concrete were cut & broken out .  Saved me several thousand £ pounds . Total trench length 62 metres running a 1 in 70 gradient starting at 20 inches deep dropping down to almost 50 inches deep by 24 inches wide .  I couldn't hire a little tracked excavator as the path access down the side of the bungalow was too narrow to use one .

 OK I had to buy in a guy who was supposedly qualified to lay the pipes and reinstate the concrete floor to code .
Had to have it inspected by the local authority building control folk , same with the back fill exercise had I been fit enough I'd have done a far better job of it than the " Chancer " I ended up with .

 Just a thought afore you rip your place apart are you 100 % sure it is tree roots & not some germinated seeds in the water trap ?  What are type are the nearest trees to that area of you home ?
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Post  Kelejan on 9/9/2016, 9:13 pm

glad you\'re here vigil5j happy hi 
from Kelejan in :canada: British Columbia.

I do hope you get your problem sorted out.  Plantoid, I admire you for your tenacity.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 9/10/2016, 8:51 am

Hi Vigil5j. Welcome from Atlanta, GA!

Not really sure how to advise you on this...

And Plantoid, you continue to amaze me!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/10/2016, 2:14 pm

Do you know a plumber?  Or just have plantoid come over and stay a spell!  LOL!  That is what those Roto Rooter things do, but if the trees are close to the house, might be temporary.
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