RootX Root Control Corp. manufactures a foaming root-control
chemical for residential and municipal sewer lines, storm pipes and
septic systems. The patented RootX formula uses the aquatic
herbicide Dichlobenil. It's non-caustic, non-fumigating and
non-systemic, and it contains no diquat bromide, copper sulfate or
metam sodium. RootX is classified as a General Use Product by the
Environmental Protection Agency, and it is registered for use in
all 50 states (EPA Registration # 68464-1). In addition, RootX
carries the signal word CAUTION, the lowest hazard rating according
to the ISO 3864-2 standard for hazard severity panels.
RootX Root Control Corp. is based in Salem, OR.
History RootX is an affiliate of the Gelco Companies, which until
recently included Gelco Services, one of the leading pipe services
companies on the West Coast. For more than 30 years, the Gelco
Companies have offered a full range of concrete and pipeline
maintenance and rehabilitation services, including Closed Circuit
Television (CCTV) pipe inspection, line cleaning, chemical grouting
and chemical root control as well as the development and
installation of Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP).
Gelco introduced the patented RootX formula for pipeline root
control in 1994. It was designed to avoid the problems wastewater
treatment plants had with existing root control chemicals as well
as to promote worker, public and envionmental safety. RootX was
also designed for fast, easy application without the extensive
training required by other products.
For more than a decade, RootX has proven to be effective and
cost-efficient with customers throughout the United States. RootX
has been successful simply because it works.
Markets RootX is only sold to professional drain cleaners,
municipal contractors and municipal maintenance departments.
Municipalities can apply RootX as part of their normal sewer
maintenance program using their own crews and equipment. Using a
20-pound bag of RootX, crews can treat a 400-foot mainline in 30
minutes or less. For professional drain cleaners who work with
residential service laterals and septic tanks, RootX is available
in convenient 2- and 4-pound jars.
RootX is used by municipalities and drain cleaning contractors in
all 50 states, and it is also used in Canada, Israel and Portugal.
RootX users include large cities like Fort Lauderdale and Honolulu,
as well as medium-size cities like Lafayette, LA (population
110,257), and Corvallis, OR (50,126). RootX is even cost effective
for small towns like Brewer, ME (8,987), and North English, IA
RootX is not sold directly to homeowners. However, RootX has an
online referral program to help homeowners locate an authorized
dealer in their area.
Products RootX currently offers four products: the RootX root
control chemical, the FDU 100 foam dispersal unit, the RootX tripod
and RootX brand hand sanitizer wipes.
The primary product is RootX itself. It is a patented root control
formula that is guaranteed to kill pipeline roots. The RootX
formula contains the aquatic herbicide Dichlobenil, foaming agents
and degreasing agents. RootX foams on contact with water, filling
the pipe to reach the top where 90 percent of the roots live.
Degreasing agents strip away grime so the RootX herbicide can
penetrate the roots. RootX kills roots on contact, and it leaves a
barrier on the pipe walls to prevent re-growth. Dead roots decay
over time and are carried away by the flow of the line.
RootX is non-systemic, so it only kills the root tissue it comes in
contact with; it does not harm above-ground vegetation. In
addition, RootX is non-caustic and non-fumigating, so it is easier
for crews to handle, and it has no adverse effects on pipes or
wastewater treatment plants.
The FDU 100 foam dispersal unit allows municipal maintenance crews
to use their existing pipe maintenance equipment to treat pipes
from 8 to 18 inches in diameter using the same amount of RootX. The
FDU 100 releases a foam spray to coat the roots and pipe walls.
The RootX tripod aids in applications using the FDU 100. It holds
the FDU 100 in place while it is filled with RootX. This allows for
one person instead of two to load the FDU 100, so fewer people are
needed to treat the same amount of pipe.
RootX brand hand sanitizers wipes are ideal for cleaning up after
completing sewer line maintenance. The pop-up wipes kill 99% of all
disease-causing organisms in 20 seconds or less.