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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Information on Maintaining Sewer Lines vs. Cutting
Down the Turfwood Forest


Think Global, Act Local!

PLEASE read these 11 facts and think carefully about them. Maintaining your sewer lines vs. cutting down the Turfwood forest has strong local benefits. Our actions can send a strong message about our responsibility as a community and our desire to sustain our shrinking planet. Now is your chance to do something meaningful.

  • “About one half of the forests that covered the Earth are gone. Each year, another 16 million hectares disappear[1].”

Global Deforestation, University of Michigan: Introduction to Global Change

[1] 16 million hectares = over one third (1/3) the area of California

  • “Healthy, mature trees add an average of 10 percent to a property’s value.”

USDA Forest Service

  • “Trees conserve energy, and reduce cooling and heating costs.”

THE VALUE OF TREES, American Society of Landscape Architects - San Diego Chapter, July 28, 2009

  • Large trees remove 60-70 times[2] more pollution[3] than small trees.

— City of San Diego Web Site - http://www.sandiego.gov/street-div/treebenefits.shtml

[2]  Equals 6000 to 7000%. It takes 60 to 70 new small trees to remove the same level of pollutants as 1 mature tree.

[3]  The foliage captures and removes a wide range of smog-producing compounds such as ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, airborne ammonia and sulphur dioxide.

  • Mature trees help to cool and freshen the air we breathe. Not only do they moderate the air temperature, but through photosynthesis, their leaves take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen for us to breath.

— City of San Diego Web Site - http://www.sandiego.gov/street-div/treebenefits.shtml

  • Mature trees improve our aesthetic environment, absorb noise, are traffic calming, reduce stress and crime, and create a peaceful place to relax or socialize.

— City of San Diego Web Site - http://www.sandiego.gov/street-div/treebenefits.shtml

  • Mature trees provide a sense of "home" to a neighborhood.

— City of San Diego Web Site - http://www.sandiego.gov/street-div/treebenefits.shtml

  • Urban neighborhoods with mature trees can be up to 11 degrees cooler in summer heat than neighborhoods without trees.

— City of San Diego Web Site - http://www.sandiego.gov/street-div/treebenefits.shtml

  • Almost every city in our country has recorded a drop in the number of trees along its streets due to development, pollution, disease and neglect.

— City of San Diego Web Site - http://www.sandiego.gov/street-div/treebenefits.shtml

  • Studies have proven for every dollar spent on maintaining trees, the public receives three dollars worth of benefits. It stands to reason that the public receives the most benefit from the preservation of larger mature tees and significant stands of forest.

— City of San Diego Web Site - http://www.sandiego.gov/street-div/treebenefits.shtml

  • By preserving and protecting mature trees on private property, on our streets and in our parks, we will continue to help renew and enhance San Diego’s urban forest for future generations.

— City of San Diego Web Site - http://www.sandiego.gov/street-div/treebenefits.shtml

The City of Solana Beach

"The City of Encinitas, under contract with the City of Solana Beach, provides routine cleaning of the public sewer mains.  All public sewers are cleaned at least once a year using high pressure jetting and/or mechanical rodding.  Problem sewers are cleaned up to four times annually.  Root intrusion and grease buildup are the primary culprits of sewer backups."
— City of Solana Beach Web Site -http://www.ci.solana-beach.ca.us/csite/cms/161.htm

ABS Sewer Pipes

We have plastic ABS Sewer Pipe which is the best kind of pipe for resisting root intrusions and structural longevity. However roots can still get in so sewer pipe inspection and occasional servicing is recommended even if the nearest tree is far from your home. Regardless of the species and as a general rule, tree roots can radiate 2 to 3 times further than the width of the canopy.


Kill pipeline roots—avoid costly repairs
RootX® makes it easy for your plumbing professional to kill roots in residential sewer lines, storm pipes and septic systems. Root intrusion may be the single most destructive element facing your home’s wastewater collection system. Left untreated, roots will spread throughout the pipe. Material passing down the drain gets trapped in the roots, restricting the flow or even causing a complete blockage.

Root intrusion can eventually destroy a sewer or septic system, costing thousands of dollars to repair or replace. We recommend annual RootX treatments to keep your system root free and avoid costly sewer and septic tank repairs. Ask your plumbing professional about our annual reminder program.

Kill pipeline roots—restore pipe flow capacity
The patented RootX formula foams on contact with water to reach the top of the pipe where 90% of the roots are. Degreasing agents strip away grime so the RootX herbicide can penetrate the roots, killing them on contact. RootX sticks to the pipe walls, preventing re-growth for up to three years. Dead roots decay over time, restoring pipes to their full capacity.

Tough on roots; easy on pipes
RootX kills roots using the aquatic herbicide Dichlobenil. It’s non-caustic, non-fumigating and non-systemic, and it contains no diquat dibromide, copper sulfate or metam sodium. RootX will not harm pipes, septic systems or above-ground vegetation.

EPA registration #68464-1
RootX is registered for use in all 50 states as well as Canada, and it’s classified as a General Use product by the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, RootX carries the signal word CAUTION, the lowest chemical hazard rating according to the ISO 3864-2 standard for hazard severity panels.

[4]  Recommended use by Plumbing Professionals but it is available for purchase online for about $28. A good Handyman with a $600 Video Sewer Snake can apply this product safely and effectively.
- Video Sewer Snake: http://www.MaxTool.com/us/products/SWJ-3188D.asp
- RootX: http://www.newtechbio.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=4&cPath=0_2#googlebase

Sewer Line Maintenance using a Drain Service

  • I used a company called Affordable Drain that also does the City Sewer Line Maintenance. — http://affordabledrain.com/
  • Everyone should have their lines inspected this year.
  • Video Scope of my Sewer Line only cost $185. My line was perfectly clear of roots and in very good shape despite my home being surrounded by 3 of the largest trees in the complex.
  • If I had roots or other obstructions, a high pressure jetting to clean out the line costs an additional $215.
  • A final application of RootX to inhibit future root growth costs an additional $50.
  • The total maximum is $450.
  • If you have damaged lines that STILL require Repair or Relining, then Affordable Drain will supply you with a DVD of your damage. You take this DVD to ANY plumbing service and get an estimate for the repair. See the next section...

Relining and Repairs using a Plumber

As mentioned above, you can take a DVD of your damaged Sewer Line to a plumber. Look for a service that also does Pipe Relining with an Epoxy Based coating. Here is the Nu Flow Technology that has an expected 50 year life span and plumbers will give a 10 year warranty — http://www.nuflowtech.com/Products/EPOXYLINING.aspx



Relining can be as little as half the cost of Replacement because you do not need to dig big trenches for the work. The starting cost for relining is likely in the $2800 to $3000 range. So it is always best to inspect your lines periodically and service them accordingly. This is still much cheaper than the cost and inconvenience of the repairs of our homes and possessions due to a major backup.

Here is a video of pipe relining: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhaf-AWZ99U



The sensible thing to do is trim the trees on a routine basis. Investigate problems by actually digging and then prune some roots on occasion. Directly apply a growth inhibitor to a root like copper sulfate if absolutely necessary. Install vertical root barriers where you want to inhibit roots from growing. And most importantly, MAINTAIN our own private sewer lines on a scheduled basis (just like the city does to our public street lines), rather than wait for a disastrous sewer backup.

Cutting down the mature trees and replacing them with much much smaller trees that will never have the same majestic appearance, or financial and environmental benefits is unnecessary and irresponsible. After reviewing everything I have presented, I hope all the home owners in Turfwood are able to come to this same conclusion.

Please share this information with your neighbors and contact me if you have any questions by using the Contact Page of this web site. Or if you request an account you post comments and questions immediately below this post. Thanks.

Joe Cuviello
529 Turfwood Lane

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Reporting Crime!

Are you witnessing a serious crime? Call 911

Do you need to report a crime that has already happened? DO IT! Reporting all crimes gives the Sheriff Department a real reason to come and patrol our neighborhood more frequently. The more they know, the more they can help prevent crime and keep our neighborhood safe.

Call the Sheriff Station to discuss or report a past crime: Non-emergency dispatch (858) 565-5200

Report a past crime online: https://apps.sdsheriff.net/ecrimereport/

Water Conservation Tips

Check your toilets for leaks. Drop a teaspoon of food coloring in the tank. If color appears in the bowl after 15 minutes, replace the “flapper” valve.

Keep your showers down to 5 minutes or less using a low-flow showerhead (saves 75 gallons a week per person).


Trash Bins: Please Help!

The trash bin areas are NOT for dumping large items. We have seen closet doors, sofas, chairs, dishwashers, televisions, Christmas trees, etc. Waste Management Company will not pick those things up and if we have to hire a company to haul it away, it eats into our budget that we need for important maintenance. Please put everything in the bins including your Amazon cartons and ALL other trash.