Root-X Root Removal Method Services
Fast, easy and guaranteed effective Pipe Root Removal Solutions
Treating pipes with RootX is fast and easy. Your maintenance crews can treat a 400-foot mainline in 30 minutes or less using the jetter trucks you already have.
RootX not only kills all the roots in your pipe today; it leaves a barrier on the pipe walls that prevent future root growth. That’s why RootX is guaranteed to keep to keep 8-inch and larger municipal sewer lines free from blockages caused by live root growth for 24 months after application. For smaller 4- to 6-inch service laterals, the guarantee is 12 months.
MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET
RootX is a simple, cost-effective and proven way to kill pipeline roots in sewer lines, storm pipes and septic systems (not for use in septic systems in the state of Florida).
RootX uses the aquatic herbicide Dichlobenil. It’s non-caustic, non-fumigating and non-systemic, and it contains no diquat dibromide, copper sulfate or metam sodium. RootX is classified as a General Use product by the Environmental Protection Agency, and it’s registered for use in all 50 states (EPA registration #68464-1) as well as Canada. In addition, RootX carries the signal word CAUTION, the lowest chemical hazard rating according to the ISO 3864-2 standard for hazard severity panels.
Foaming RootX formula kills roots, keeps pipes clear
The patented RootX formula foams on contact with water. The foam fills the entire pipe to reach the top where 90 percent of the roots live. Degreasing agents strip away grease and grime so the RootX herbicide can penetrate the roots, killing the root tissue on contact. RootX promotes bacterial growth to speed the decay and natural removal of roots. The foam also leaves a thin layer of the RootX herbicide on the pipe walls to prevent re-growth.
Root-X Root Removal Method Enhances mechanical root cutting
Mechanical root cutting is an immediate and short-term solution to relieving pipeline blockages caused by root intrusion. However, cutting roots is like pruning a tree; it stimulates even more vigorous and destructive root growth in the remaining roots. That means new root growth can fully clog your pipe again in just nine months.
Treating pipes with RootX not only kills all the roots on contact, it also leaves a thin layer of the herbicide on the pipe walls to prevent roots from coming back. New root growth after treatment with RootX is much slower and less destructive to the pipe.
If this is the first time you’re treating a pipe or if it is completely blocked, it makes sense to use mechanical cutting to remove the root mass and restore pipe flow right away. However, you can kill any remaining roots in the line and stunt re-growth longer by applying RootX immediately after mechanical cutting.
It’s important to apply RootX within the first hour after cutting or wait six to eight weeks. That’s because roots release a traumatic acid to cover the cut ends and protect them against further injury. If you apply RootX immediately after cutting, the herbicide can penetrate the root ends before the traumatic acid coating is complete. After six to eight weeks, the traumatic acid will have dissipated, leaving the most vulnerable part of the root—the white tender meristem growth where cells are actively dividing—exposed to the herbicide. The more root tissue you can treat with RootX, the better.
Once you’ve put your pipelines on a maintenance program with annual RootX treatments, you should be able to eliminate mechanical root cutting in most cases.