Re: Drain Field repair with Roto Rooter?
I would not use that type of machine on roots, Nor would I use the Ridgid K375 / K400 on roots, which is a similar type and size machine, the cable is not heavy enough to keep from flipping or possibly flipping in the pipe and getting so one can not retrieve it,
Yes I have ran my Ridgid K375 in a pipe and have pulled out roots but I was very lucky, and I nearly got it stuck and it took a lot of working to free it. (yes one can be lucky), but I would not recommend it.
I have never done what your talking about, (in a drain field) but I would use a larger machine with a 3/4" cable, and a spiral saw, I do not know if I would try to find the ends of the line and open it up to push the roots out or try to go in and retrieve them after cutting, some times the cable will catch them and they will come back and some times then just get pushed down the line,
(since I do not have a large jetter), and then would probably treat the field with some type of root killer.
the small jetter heads one can buy to convert a power washer to a jetter, normally will not hardly touch a root, but they make some heads that will tear roots out, (but they are not low cost), and are normally used on machines that are more than what a converted home power washer would be.
as said the machines can be dangerous, and roots can create the conditions that make them very dangerous,
regardless that size of machine is not what one would want to use for the job your describing IMO.
I think you will just be wasting your money in trying that machine. or a machine of that size/type.
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