Monday, March 22, 2010

Go GREEN and just say NO to Copper Sulfate

Typical septic fixes on the market may encourage the use of chemicals that are harmful to the environment.  We highly discourage you from using any products that may contain diquat dibromide, copper sulfate or metam sodium.  These products may cause toxicity to humans including carcinogenicity, reproductive and development toxicity, neurotoxicity, acute toxicity, or toxicity to aquatic organisms.

Copper sulfate was a common treatment for sewer pipes and septic tanks many years ago and, unfortunately, is still on the market today. Be aware that there are adverse environmental effects with Copper Sulfate.  Copper can build-up be a problem as copper sulfate can corrode chrome, iron and brass.  Research and field usage have shown a high potential for detrimental environmental effects.  Copper sulfate is toxic some environmental organisms and because the effects are short-term, overuse is a common problem which is why we do not recommend or use products with this chemical composition. 

In addition, copper sulfate products typically to not incorporate any foaming agents that are able to destroy the tree roots that enter from the top of the pipe.  Remember that nearly all tree roots penetrate from the top of the pipe.  Copper sulfate will only be effective at the bottom of the pipe so most roots will survive a typical copper sulfate treatment.  In short, just say NO to copper sulfate when it comes to a sewer line root or septic system root treatment program.


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