Root foam treatment
The root foam process
Foaming RootX can keep tree roots at bay with ongoing maintenance applications. Firstly, the pipe is cleaned using a camera and then a high pressure water jetter. Once clean, it is then checked again with the camera to determine if the roots have caused any cracks or major breakages that need repairing. The first treatment is then applied by pouring it into the pipework. Once inside the pipe the root foam aggressively foams up spreading to the top of the pipe. General pipe chemicals are unable to foam up and they will simply sit on the bottom of the pipe. The foaming component is crucial as most tree roots actually grow in from the top of the pipe down. Follow up treatments are recommended every 12 months to ensure blockages will not occur.
Advantages of root foam
Root foam is safe to use around other plants. It works to debilitate the tree roots but not kill or harm the tree itself. It basically burns the tree roots back to the outside of the pipe on contact. It doesn’t touch all the roots, only the ones inside the pipes. Because the roots are so far from the trees, the poison does not travel all the way back to the tree but rather just fends off the roots so they stay away from the pipe. It is a much more environmentally friendly option in comparison to other caustic and fumigating substances.
Disadvantages of root foam
Root Foam is a temporary fix. Rather than having to dig up the pipe or have a plumber come out regularly to jet and clean the lines, you can get up to 12 months between root foam treatments. The line will eventually need to be permanently fixed by digging up or relining the section of pipe. Root Foam is cost effective if you don’t plan on keeping the house long term but if it is your family home, you should look into getting the pipe permanently fixed with pipe ‘relining’.