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Septic Tank Root Barrier


SKU MM-213014

The Septic Tank Root Barrier is an American made fabric roll that contains a safe for trees herbicide that helps to prevent tree root growth in a specific area. The herbicide is called Trifluralin, and it does not hurt the tree, but only stops root tip cell division when the root is close to the Trifluralin nodule.

While not damaging the soil hydrology by allowing air, water, and nutrients to pass through, the Septic Tank Root Barrier helps give you peace of mind that your septic tank will not be damaged by near by tree root growth.

This product is guaranteed by the manufacturer, Typar, to work for 15 years and can be used in both vertical or horizontal applications.

Product Info

  • Model: Biobarrier
  • Size: Various
  • Free Shipping
  • Need a written quote? Request Online
  • Questions?  Call (800) 604-5537

Product Highlights

  • Comes in various roll widths
  • Commercial Grade
  • Safe for Trees
  • Made in the USA


  • Ships for free (standard ground, see map)
  • Call: (800) 604-5537 for pricing and shipping questions.

Orders ship same day (M-F) if order is placed before 12:00 noon PST.  Transit times displayed in the map are listed in business days and are approximate. The transit times displayed on the map is for standard ground shipping.

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How To Get Rid Of Roots From Trees Out Of Your Septic Tank

If you have a septic tank to run the components in your home such as your toilet and dishwasher, you might run into issues if you have large tree roots nearby the system. Tree roots will enter the septic system and cause serious problems if you do not get them out of there. Homeowners with septic tanks should have safeguards in place to guarantee the system is clear and functioning properly. Be careful what you flush into the system and show some caution about the components of the system that are located outside your home.

One thing most homeowners do not take into consideration are tree roots that can present a huge problem for their septic system. It's imperative to immediately remove tree roots growing inside or around the system. The roots can damage the tank and pipes leading to leaks and other problems. Diseases can surface from the sewage if the pipes or tank are damaged.

Septic Tank in Field

Black Septic Tank

What Problems Can Arise If Tree Roots Are In The System?

Large tree roots can grow and spread which is essential to the tree's overall stability while allowing it to collect nutrients over its lifetime. The growth and spreading of roots is not particularly fast but they are very persistent and you should be aware of that.

You might wonder why these roots are attracted to your septic system? It's the high level of moisture in the system. Tree roots are constantly searching for water so when there is a septic tank in the area, they are drawn to it. In turn, as the roots grow and expand in the tank, they will block water flow and will eventually cause the pipes and tank to burst.

If the roots get into the septic tank, you could have serious problems. The roots will obstruct pipes, toilets, washing machines, sinks, and dishwashers so they cannot drain properly.

Worse case scenario, if the roots are in the septic tank, it can break the walls leading to a serious sewage leak. This is a very hazardous situation for both people and animals. On top of that, gases and germs located in the water can lead to many diseases including E-coli, shigella, salmonella, cholera, and other bacteria that can be found in sewage.

The Solution If Your Septic Tank Is Clogged With Roots

The drain field which is an open area where the surrounding soil will take in the contents of the tank. The drain field is also referred to a leach field and is critical to the operation of the septic system. The drain field's job is to eliminate organic waste. If there are roots in the tank or drain field, there are some steps you can take to remove the problem:

Mechanical Auger

This method requires a powered auger which is called a mechanical auger. You have to send the auger down the sewage line. The head will spin like blades similar to pistons in cylinders.The motion will cut away at the roots but there is one big drawback, the roots will probably grow back unless you remove the tree.

Chemical Treatment

Chemical treatments have been used for a long time to dissolve roots. This involves placing copper sulfate in the septic system by flushing the crystals down the toilet. The crystals will be carried through the pipes into the tank. How much copper sulfate should be applied will depend on the size of the system and the level of the clog caused by the roots. It's recommended to use 2 pounds of granular copper sulfate for every 300 gallons of water that the tank holds. This process will take several days or even weeks to work, it will depend on the tree absorbing the solution.

Another chemical treatment is using a foaming agent. The solution will coat the entire pipe so the roots growing from the top and the bottom are saturated.

Septic Tank in Backyard

Backyard Septic Tank

Hydro Jetting

Hydro Jetting is the process of using a high pressure water machine to the sewer lines to remove the clogs caused by roots. It can be very effective for removing debris and clogs including roots. Once the hydro jetting is done, chemicals like copper sulfate, can be added to kill off any remaining roots and prevent the growth of new roots.

How To Prevent Roots Getting Into Your Septic Tank?

Most people would agree, having trees in your yard are not only beautiful but adds a calming touch that everyone loves. Unfortunately, if you have a septic system, you should consider the cost for getting the tree roots out of the system. After all, it's inevitable the roots will find their way to the system if the trees are planted too close.

You should research to find varieties of plants that are suitable for your area and do not have extensive root systems. When you have a regular septic tank cleaning, have a full inspection performed. The inspection will probably include a video camera to see inside pipes for signs of roots. Immediately repair cracks or damage to the septic tank, pipes, or drain field. The leaking will attract roots!

You should seriously consider installing a root barrier if you do have trees nearby. Also, flush copper sulfate down the toilets a few times each year. It will kill off roots and can prevent new growth from taking place.

In Conclusion

Tree roots are not good for septic tanks, they will damage the tank as well as the pipes leading to leakage and other problems. It's important to prevent roots from growing in your septic tank for proper operation and guarantee long term health to the system. If you have large trees that are near your septic system, you will have problems from the roots clogging the system and causing other components to malfunction that rely on it. You could end up spending a great deal of money to correct the problem and get all your components back up and running properly.