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As a homeowner, over time you will encounter a number of issues within your home. Issues such as leaky roofs, insect infestations, broken down appliances and problems with drains are commonplace for homeowners. All of these things are inevitable and as a homeowner, you should know how to handle them. Drainage problems can be anything from a small clog in your sink or shower, or a much bigger problem such as tree roots growing into your sewer drain. See below for tips on how to remove roots from your sewer drain yourself.
For Minor Issues
If you have a clog from tree roots, you will notice that your drains will all be slow. If you've already tried to unclog your drains once and they are still clogged, you could have a root problem. Try looking for a copper sulfate mixture at your local hardware store. This mixture is toxic for tree roots. Pour a half-cup of the mixture down your toilet drain to see if this helps at all. If that didn't help your drainage problem, see below.
For Major Issues
With bigger drainage issues, you may have had a backup in your shower/tub or washing machine, and your toilet may make an odd gurgling sound. You could try to rent a power auger from your local tool rental store. Have them give you directions on how to use the auger, so you don't cause damage to your toilet. This tool has a long "snake" that goes into your toilet drain and spins in a circular motion around your drain pipe to clear clogs. You can make the "snake" longer to get further into your sewer drain to unclog roots that have invaded your drain pipe. If you have a clean-out outside of your home, you can put the power auger line into the clean-out, rather than in your toilet. You'll know if you removed the clog, as the water will drain from your toilet, or you will see roots on the head of the "snake" when you pull it out.
If the copper sulfate mixture and power auger didn't unclog your drain, you could have a much bigger problem. It may be time to call in a professional sewer cleaning company to help diagnose the problem and find exactly where the clog is located. If tree roots have damaged your sewer pipe to the point that your pipe has disintegrated, you may need to have your drain pipe replaced all together. Contact a business, such as Rapid Rooter Inc for more information.