Are you planning on doing any landscaping or gardening this summer? Adding to your gardens is one of the most effective ways to make your outdoor space feel and look more inviting. But, before you get started, there are a few trade secrets your plumber wants you to know that will save you from a costly blocked drain disaster.
Plants are an excellent way to add flair to your yards while also increasing privacy. Trees are especially beneficial for this very reason. They not only look appealing and easily fill bare spaces, but they also help to create a sense of privacy, making your outdoor space feel more comfortable.
However, if trees are planted in the wrong place, they can cause problems for you and your plumbing system. So here are the top five trees to avoid planting near your water pipes and sewer lines.
Gum Trees (Eucalypts)
When it comes to underground pipe damage, gum trees are a notoriously destructive pest. These Australian natives have root systems that can grow up to 30 metres long in their search for water. These root systems are also extremely shallow, which means the tree does not have to dig very far to reach your pipes, but it also makes the tree prone to falling over in torrential weather. Just another reason to keep these trees out of your yard.
These grand trees can wreak havoc on your plumbing system. The root system, much like the tree itself, is slow to grow. It begins its growth by sending a tap root vertically into the earth with the purpose of creating stability and finding an initial source of moisture.
Your plumbing system becomes a target when the feeder roots begin to grow out laterally in search for water and nutrients, something they can easily find in your water pipes and sewer lines.
Palm trees are a bit different. They are not on this list for any invasive root systems, but rather because of the fruits and seeds they are known to drop. These fruits and seeds make their way into your gutters and stormwater drains, causing all sorts of problems such as blockages, pipe damage, and flooding.
While these trees are known for their vibrancy and amazing fragrance, it is sad to say that, while they are pleasant on the eyes, magnolia trees can become a nightmare for your plumbing system. Magnolia trees, like gum rees, have a lateral root system that grows close to the surface, making your water pipes and sewer lines the nearest source of water. With just one small leak, you’ll have an expensive plumbing problem.
Not to mention that, while magnolias might be beautiful to look at, the clean-up seriously never ends.
Citrus trees require a large amount of water in order to grow and successfully produce fruit. Because most suburban yards lack sufficient moisture in their soil to keep up with these demands, the roots are often forced to seek their own water supply elsewhere. Your plumbing system is usually the easiest target.
While these root systems typically grow in a smaller lateral space, their need for water can spread their reach much further.
Avoiding a Plumbing Nightmare
Research and maintenance are your best friends when it comes to any outdoor landscaping.
Trees are an easy way to create privacy and increase your home’s outward appeal, however they can also become a nightmare for you and your plumbing system. Knowing how different plants might interact with your water pipes and sewer lines could save you from future problems. But if the trees are already planted, staying on top of any leaks and damage can help to reduce the risk of pipe damage or blockages.