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RootX®

RootX® makes it easy to kill roots in residential sewer lines, storm pipes and septic systems. It’s guaranteed to keep them root-free for 12 months (manufacture warranty).  The patented RootX formula foams on contact with water to reach the top of the pipe where 90% of the roots are. Degreasing agents strip away grime so the RootX herbicide can penetrate the roots, killing them on contact. RootX sticks to the pipe walls, preventing re-growth for up to three years. Dead roots decay over time, restoring pipes to their full capacity.


Foaming RootX formula kills roots
The patented RootX formula foams on contact with water. The foam acts as a carrying agent, lifting the herbicide to the top of the pipe where 90 percent of pipeline roots grow. Degreasing agents strip away grease and grime so the active ingredient 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.
 

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 customer’s line 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.If there’s still flow in the line, you may be able to save time and eliminate root cutting altogether. Simply apply RootX to kill all the roots inside the pipe. The dead roots decay and are carried out with the natural flow, restoring your customer’s pipe to its full capacity. Once you’ve put your customers on a maintenance program with annual RootX treatments, you should be able to eliminate mechanical root cutting in most cases.
 

RootX Jars
RootX jars offer a convenient method for treating residential service laterals and septic systems. The cleanout is the preferred method for most residential applications because the cleanout is closest to the pipes where roots can cause problems. If there’s no cleanout at your customer’s location, you can apply RootX using the toilet. To prevent foam overflow outside the pipeline, you should only use a 2-lb. jar of RootX in a toilet application.
 

Cleanout method
1. Pour the RootX chemical into an empty bucket and mix the chemical dry until it is a uniform brown color.
2. Then pour the mixed dry chemical into the cleanout.
3. Pour 2 gallons of water per pound of RootX used down the cleanout to activate the root-killing foam.
4. The natural flow of the line carries the foam down the pipe.
 

Toilet method
1. Pour the RootX chemical into an empty bucket and mix the chemical dry until it is a uniform brown color.
2. Pour the mixed chemical into the toilet.
3. Flush the toilet to activate the root-killing foam.
4. The natural flow of the line carries the foam down the pipe. 
 

Septic system applications
1. Pour the RootX chemical directly from the jar into the septic tank.
2. Pour 1 1/2 to 2 gallon of water per pound of RootX used to activate the root-killing foam.
3. Pour RootX into the distribution box to kill roots intruding into drain field lines. 
 

 


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