EPA COPPER SULFATE has been the preferred root killer by plumbers and contractors for use on sewer lines and septic lines for decades. We sell pure Copper Sulfate Crystals EPA LABEL
State law prohibits the use of EPA copper sulfate in sewage systems in the State of Connecticut and in the following counties of California:
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma
To control root growth in Commercial, Institutional, and Municipal Sewers use as follows:
SEWERS: Use 2 pounds of Copper Sulfate Crystal every 6 to 12 months, applied into each junction or terminal manhole as a preventative measure. Add copper sulfate during periods of reduced flow; however, some flow is essential. If reduced flow due to root masses is observed, but flow has not completely stopped, add the copper sulfate in the next manhole above the reduced flow area. If completely blocked, use a rod to penetrate the mass so some flow begins before treatment.
STORM DRAINS: Use 2 pounds of Copper Sulfate Crystal per drain per year. Apply during a period of light water flow. In dry weather, introduce a flow with a hose. If storm drains become almost plugged, repeat treatment 3 or 4 times at 2-week intervals.
SEWER PUMPS AND FORCE MAINS: Place 2 pounds of Copper Sulfate Crystal in a cloth bag at the storage well inlet. Repeat as needed.
To control root growth in Residential or Household Sewer Systems use as follows:
Make treatment when the reduced flow rate thought to be caused by root growth is first noticed. Do not delay until stoppage has occurred because some flow is needed to move Copper Sulfate Crystal to root growth. When roots accumulate sufficient copper sulfate to cause death, root decay will begin and flow rate should increase in 3 to 4 weeks. Since copper sulfate treatment usually kills only those roots in the pipe, roots will regrow, requiring follow-up treatments. Generally make a treatment in the spring after plants begin to grow, with a second treatment during late summer or early fall each year, and/or any time when reduced flow possibly caused by root growth is noted.
HOW TO USE COPPER SULFATE CRYSTALS:
In household sewers use 2 to 6 pounds of crystals twice yearly. Add Copper Sulfate Crystal to sewer line by pouring about ½ pound into the toilet bowl nearest to the sewer line and flush, repeating process until recommended dose has been added, or remove cleanout plug and pour entire recommended quantity directly into the sewer line, replacing plug and flush toilet several times. Do not attempt to flush Briquette size down the toilet as blockage may result.
If system is equipped with a septic tank, copper sulfate will be precipitated in the septic tank and little will pass into the absorption drain field. To treat drain field pipes, add 2 to 6 pounds of Copper Sulfate Crystal to distribution box located between the septic tank and the drain field. If distribution box does not have an opening, it would be advisable to install a cleanout plug opening into the outlet pipe from the septic tank leading to the drain field for effective root control in the drain field pipes.
NOTE: Do not apply Copper Sulfate Crystal through sink or tub drains as it will corrode those metal drains.
NOTE: Laboratory studies have shown that copper sulfate added to an active 300 gallon septic tank at 2, 4 and 6 pounds per treatment temporarily reduced bacterial action, but it returned to normal 15 days after treatment. Trees and shrubbery growing near a treated line normally will have only a small portion of their roots in contact with the copper sulfate that primarily kills only those roots inside the pipe, thus not affecting the growing plants.