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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Effective Septic Tank Solution

RootX® is a simple, environmentally-friendly and proven way to effectively kill tree roots in septic tanks without killing trees.  Utilizing the herbicide Dichloberil, the formula kills the pesky root on contact, saving time and money.

A septic tank covers a large portion of land; usually it is close to tree roots or other vegetation.  Attracted to the water in a septic tank, tree roots often work their way into the tank through its drainpipes or cracks, creating blockage.  As the root of the tree continues to grow and gain larger access to your pipes, the chance of those blocked septic pipes completely breaking and leaking sewage increases, causing your system to fail.

If you suspect that you have tree roots making their way into your pipes, it is in your best interest to use RootX® before things get out of hand.
  1. Using RootX® to eliminate tree roots in septic tanks:
  2. Use 8 pounds of RootX® in septic tank per 1,000 gallons of septic tank capacity.
  3. Pour the RootX® aquatic herbicide and foaming agent directly from the jar into a small pail and mix the two components together.  DO NOT ADD WATER.
  4. Pour the DRY RootX® product directly into the septic tank or into the clean-out that leads to the septic tank.
  5. If you are applying through a clean-out pour 5 gallons of water per pound of RootX® root killer used to activate the root-killing foam.  Do not over-dilute.  The foam acts as a carrying agent, lifting the herbicide to the top where 90 percent of roots grow.
  6. The dead roots decay and are carried out with the natural flow.
  7. The foam leaves a thin layer of the RootX® herbicide to prevent re-growth.
For more information on RootX® or any of your root killing needs, please visit www.rex-bac-t.com.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

How To Use RootX Correctly

One of the most common questions that we get asked is how to apply RootX correctly. The two methods for application are by using either the clean out, or flushing it down the toilet. While both methods are similar, there are a couple of differences.

Instructions for the clean out method:

First you are going to want to gather all of the materials needed. These include your RootX jar, a bucket, and a stir stick. You are going to want to then pour the RootX into the bucket. You will notice a paper divider in the jar, this was used to keep the chemicals separated until ready to use. Remove this from the jar and discard. Next, you are going to want to use the stir stick to thoroughly mix the dry components in the bucket. Do not add water at this time. Make sure that you mix very well and completely, as this will ensure the most optimal foaming and root coating.

Now is the time to pour the dry RootX down your clean out valve. Once your bucket is empty, pour 5 gallons of water down the valve, per pound of product used. You should be able to some of the foaming action at work!

Now, for those using the toilet method:

You are going to want to follow all the same steps of the clean out method until you get to the step where you empty the bucket. Before you empty the bucket into the toilet, you are going to want to see how fast your toilet flushes. If it seems to run a little slow, pour the bucket into the toilet as it is flushing. If it seems to drain at a normal rate, then empty the bucket into the toilet bowl, and then flush. The foaming action will start quickly. After the toilet has flushed, add the same amount of water, 5 gallons per pound of product into your toilet.

As much as you can, you are going to want to limit water usage for the following 4-6 hours following a RootX application.

The best time of year for application is early fall through late spring. Be careful to avoid times when the ground is frozen however.


Friday, July 11, 2014

We Understand You Aren't Looking For How To Kill A Tree


Pesky tree roots can wreak havoc on your sewer systems. Just because you want to kill the roots does not mean that you are looking at how to kill a tree. It is possible to merely kill the intrusive roots without causing damage to the tree.

With the RootX® foaming technology it is easier than ever. Utilizing the herbicide Dichlobenil, the formula kills the pesky roots on contact. This is a great solution for either maintaining your pipes, or in conjunction with mechanical cutting.

Mechanical cutting is when a specialist comes out and manually removes the roots using a mechanical auger. This is similar to a saw blade and is temporarily very effective. However, it leaves the remaining fine roots, and actually stimulates regrowth. This is the ideal time for a RootX® application.

When these two methods are combined, the end result is very effective. When RootX® is applied after the mechanical cutting, the layer that is left behind actually promotes bacterial growth, prohibiting this regrowth.
While RootX® does not contain Copper Sulfate and is safe for all pipes, it also will not kill the tree itself, only the unwanted roots.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Comparison Chart


Since RootX, there have been other root killers that have tried to join the market as contenders. It can be overwhelming trying to decide which product is right for you. The following table compares RootX Foaming Root Killer with the leading competitors. For more information visit our website.




RootX
Mechanical Root Cutting
Other Root Control Foam
Copper Sulphate

Simple





  •     Easy to handle
Yes



  •    Prepackaged for easy application ; just add water
Yes


Yes
  •    Treats residential service laterals and septic systems in minutes
Yes


Yes

Effective





  •    Kills roots on contact
Yes



  •    Guaranteed to keep pipes root-free for 12 months
Yes



  •    Foaming action coats pipe walls
Yes

Yes

  •    Foam leaves a barrier on pipes to prevent re-growth
Yes



  •    Degreasing agents strip away grime to penetrate roots
Yes

Yes

  •    Reaches the top of the pipe where 90% of the roots live
Yes

Yes

  •    Uses aquatic herbicide Dichlobenil
Yes



  •    Promotes bacterial growth to speed root decay
Yes



Low environmental impact





  •    EPA classified as a general use product
Yes



  •    EPA registered for use in all 50 states
Yes



  •    Signal word CAUTION (lowest chemical hazard rating
    according to ISO 3864)
Yes



  •    Non-caustic, non-fumigating and non-systemic
Yes
Yes


  •    Contains no diquat dibromide, copper sulfate or metam sodium
Yes
Yes


  •    Does not damage pipes
Yes



  •    Does not harm trees and plants
Yes
Yes


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers!

Often times we get questions from our customers regarding the RootX® Foaming Root Killer. In this post, we'd like to take the time to answer a few of these. Please visit our website if you have any further questions, or better yet, email us directly here!

Q: How often should RootX® be used?
A: We suggest that RootX® be applied yearly. This precaution helps avoid any buildup that could be expensive down the road.

Q: Does RootX® clog the pipes at all?
A: No. The foaming root killer works with the flow of water within your pipes, so it does cause any service disruptions.

Q: How long does it take for the foaming action to dissipate?
A: It only takes around 15 minutes.

Q: Is RootX® hard on pipes?
A: Actually, quite the opposite! The residue left from the foam creates a protective layer within the pipes that promotes bacteria, which is beneficial for septic systems.

Q: When does the RootX® start working?
A: RootX® kills on contact and destroys the root structure, prohibiting growth. Over time, the roots will decay.

Q: How long does an application take?
A: RootX® treatment can be applied by a professional plumber in a matter of minutes!

As the weather is getting warmer, and we are coming out of hibernation, we begin to do our home maintenance. If you don't have it scheduled yet, call your local plumber for your preventative RootX® treatment!
Friday, March 7, 2014

What Should You Expect From A Tree Root Killer?

It isn't a big secret, in order to get rid of unwanted tree roots you need something powerful. There are many options out there that use very potent ingredients. However, it is smart to look into these ingredients before using them.

Diquat Dibromide-This is a one of the most common herbicides on the market today. It causes the root or unwanted plant to dry out very quickly and die. However, it can also be fatal to people if swallowed, inhaled, or absorbed by the skin. http://pmep.cce.cornell.edu/profiles/extoxnet/dienochlor-glyphosate/diquat-ext.html

Sulfate-Sulfate is another very strong ingredient used in root killers. It acts by damaging the cells of the plants, which in turn causes them to die out. It also carries the same risks to humans that the Diquat Dibromide does. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulfate

Metam Sodium-This product kills any roots it comes in contact with. It has been shown to have many effects on the body, including reproductive effects and a possible carcinogen.  http://www.beyondpesticides.org/gateway/?pesticideid=48

REX-BAC-T® Technologies, rather than using any of these harmful ingredients, uses Dichlobenil, which is a proven aquatic herbicide. We focus our research on providing our customers with the safest, most natural choices. Dichlobenil is known to have less side effects and yet maintain its effectiveness.  http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/REDs/factsheets/0263fact.pdf

We make it our focus to provide our customers with a tree root killer that is effective on roots yet not detrimental to your health. All our products are created within our controlled lab, so you can be assured you are receiving only the highest grade products!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

When You Set Your Standards High...

There are many root killers available on the market today, and it can be confusing deciding which one is the best for you. Especially when you have a problem and need it resolved sooner rather than later.  Rest assured, there are a few things that you can look into that will make shopping around a little easier for you. 

Reputation- With the internet accessible to almost everyone, everywhere, it is easy to view reviews on most everything. When you get to view real-world testimonials, that speaks volumes. This is a great way for a high quality company to set themselves apart from the competition. Visit the testimonials page at http://www.rex-bac-t.com and see for yourself. 

Science- Chemicals are tricky business. You need something strong enough to get the job done, but safe for your family, pets, and pipes. REX-BAC-T® has been in business since 1983 and continues to thrive due to our dedication to the environment and our customers. We use 100% natural and environmentally-friendly products, and employ the most experienced microbiologists, chemists, and production techs to formulate them. 

Customer Service- We offer an e-commerce website that provides a detailed explanation of all our products, as well as a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you prefer to call in and speak with someone, we offer a customer service team that is knowledgeable and available to answer any questions you may have. They are just a phone call away. 

When you purchase from us here at REX-BAC-T®, you can be assured that you are receiving the latest in technology. We offer only the most effective, environmentally-friendly products on the market today.