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What Is Root Control


Sewer failure does not happen overnight. A large percentage of pipe blockages in sewers are caused by tree roots growing in sewer pipes.

A tree root can enter a sewer pipe through an opening less than the width of a human hair. Once in the pipe, roots have everything they need to flourish. As these roots grow, they collect grease and grow in size often going unnoticed. When roots get to a size that disrupts the sewer flow, it can lead to Sewer Sanitary Overflows (SSOs). SSOs can cause pollution and can be a major health risk for the community and the environment.

Root control is no longer an option for public and private sewer lines, but a necessity. There are a few options for root control including, removing the roots, removing trees, re-lining the pipes and chemical treatments. Of all the options, only chemical root control treatment and programs can offer predictable results.


page1-img4Chemical root control can save money, prevent future growth and offer predictable results.

Chemical Root Control products used today are contact root herbicides, meaning contact must be made with the roots in order to be effective. [more]


page1-img6Mechanical root control may be necessary if root intrusion is heavy, dense and may cause a stoppage soon.

Mechanical removal has many drawbacks though and can be very costly with no guarantees. Roots respond to injury by producing the plant hormone abscisic acid which hastens and thickens regrowth. [more]