Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Is it bad when your plumber looks into your sewer says "DAMN! That ain't right!" and then runs from the house.

I come home to my wife telling me that there is a tree growing out of the floor in my guest bath.

"Yeah right, " sez I.

I venture in to el bano and holy mother of pearl! There's a tree growing out of the floor.

This is NOT going to be cheap.




LawDog said...

It's a log in the bog!


The double- and triple entendres in that one simple sentence boggle my mind. :-D

Anonymous said...

He stole that from me!

OK Katrina said...

Wow, not good! Not good, at all.

Chris said...

Whoa! I hate to bring this up, but in my house that root would have a full head of hair stuck to it. C

Anonymous said...

I'd say this is a case of to much fiber.

D. said...

My mother-in-law had Arizona Ash Trees which took over the septic lines. They had to dig up the pipes from the house to the street and replace them. She also had to have the trees cut down so they wouldn't block the pipes again. Not. Cheap.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm. I wonder if your plumber will mention Roebic Root Killer. Here is a link to see it (pulled up via Goole).

I purchase mine at the local grocery store in the 'cleaners' aisle.
I do not know if it will work on such established roots to be honest. I have used it once a year in my septic system since I purchased my home in 2000. I have Sweetgum, Hickory, Walnut, Cottonwood, and various pine trees all within range of the septic line and I have not had a root problem yet.

Before you agree to whatever the plumber offers, you might want to speak with your local Ag office to see if they have cheaper solutions.

Anonymous said...

Oh! sorry. One more thing.
Roebic also makes a Copper Sulfate root killer and a foaming root killer (fills the pipe).
Their main site is:

Just a few suggestions you might want to try before paying a fortune. Again, I do not know how well they work on established roots like yours. Never hurts to call and ask tho', right?.

Anonymous said...

We had this issue at a rental property once. The plumber used some mechanized medieval torture device to ream the roots out of the pipe and then applied a root-killing agent.

Problem solved.

Anonymous said...

Our neighbors had this problem and were quoted $8,000 as a price to dig up the pipes and replace them. He saved $6,000 of that bill by paying a few good men for a day of digging, then he just paid the plummer to set the line and the owner filled it back in. Don't know if that is possible in your area or not but it's worth a try.

Wayne said...

If we have to bust out floor and dig out lines, I plan to do just that. I am very fortunate to have a brother who is a former home repair contractor to draw on. His experience will be invaluable.

HollyB said...

If that pic is ACTUALLY your plumbling/sewer line...Boy howdy! I feel sorry for you!

It looks like an Alien gave birth to little baby aliens down there, Tole. And that spells lots of work and lots of money. I surely do hope your house ain't on a slab and that your homeowner's policy covers this.

SpeakerTweaker said...

Wow. I thought I'd seen it all.

I cannot begin to describe the nastiness of that image.

What y'all feeding the brood up there, anyway?!?


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