Re: Toilet clogged with roots - solution?
Posted by Greg on January 13, 2003 at 18:16:35:
In response to Re: Toilet clogged with roots - solution?
: There is no "remedy" since the roots are under the concrete and the ones coming up are just a symptom. I pour a pound of salt into the gap between the pipe and the concrete, assuming the roots are not packed in so tight it will not flow down, and then pour water after it to active the brine and let it flow around the area. It will help for a period of time, and then the roots will come back. Sometimes if there are two toilets back to back they will take turns plugging up. I have had the situation where the roots that grew down into the pipe were almost small trees.
: : : I guess he hasn't been around much. I have to fix the problem about once a month. The last one the toilet looked like it was setting in a sea of grass,or some alien creature was growing under it.

: : : : My toilet would clog once in a while and then started to clog more and more often. It was getting progressively harder to free the clogs, at times completely clogged with no drainage.

: : : : The toilet is on a concrete slab. The cause was a weave of roots that entered the drain from the toilet's connection. The roots bored there way through the wax seal and completely covered the drain and started down the drain about 1 foot. Actually, so much of the wax seal was gone, that the seal was created by the roots. My plumber neighbor said that in all his 40 years of plumbing he had never seen this.

: : : : How would I get rid of this problem? Should I pour root killer around the pipe flange so that it can soak into the ground between the flange and concrete floor?

: : : : Thanks,
: : : : Greg

: : hj,

: : What have you tried to remedy the problem?

: : Thanks,
: : Greg


Do you think that sealing the toilet flange to the concrete floor would prevent the roots from entering the drain?

I've been thinking that after I flood the area with root killer and do a good clean-up that sealing the flange to the concrete would work. Just not sure what to seal with. Would it have to be flexible, like a silicone or can it be hard like epoxy?

What do you think?


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