10 Clog-causing Trees and Shrubs That May Cost You Thousands of Dollars
When winter comes, most homeowners start planting and gardening trees and bushes to revive the beauty of their facade. They usually do this without taking into account the destruction it may bring to their plumbing system. Plants have different root system thus, they do have varied levels of sewer destruction intensity. These roots are specifically designed to dig down the earth’s surface to track moisture. As a homeowner, you must realise this early before it is too late. Here are the clog-causing trees and bushes you must avoid situating near your sewer laterals.
1. Gingko Biloba
This tree is a prehistoric tree with its leaves shaped like a fan. It is a fruit-bearing tree and can grow for up to 21 meters tall. Its fruit has a strange smell and its fruit may drop into your surroundings scattering the unpleasant smell. Most people describe its smell as a dog poo or a vomit. It has a unique root system as well that may block gutters and drains.
This tree might be usually planted around homes and in yards due to its dazzling and astonishing appearance which definitely catches the attention of many homeowners. But when you do situate them near your sewer laterals, they can be a dangerous cause of your plumbing dilemma. Their roots are fast growing and so invasive that they can infiltrate your sewer pipes in no time. Their leaves may fall during autumn too, which may cause your gully inlet blockage problems.
3. Palm Trees
Most people choose palm trees because they do not have an invasive and fast-growing root system. That is why most people thought that they are sewer-safe. The reality is, when their seeds drop, they may enter into your drain system through the gully inlets. They will then block your drainage by creating a seed build-up inside your sewer pipes.
4. Magnolia Trees
Magnolia trees are usually seen in yards due to their astounding fragrance. But their root system is as astonishing as their fragrance. Their unique root system and rope-like appearance, which grows along the ground, cause your massive sewer damage and plumbing catastrophe especially when your sewer laterals are buried in a shallow profundity.
5. Birch Trees
Birch trees are relatively large growing which can grow for up to 50 feet tall. Because of that, their root system is wide and fast growing in order to sustain the growth of the tree it supports. These roots dig deep below the ground to track down moisture until it reaches your sewer laterals. They will infiltrate it directly because it definitely contains the nutrients in need for its tree which will apparently cause your plumbing havoc.
6. Oak Trees
Oak trees are known to be one of the largest trees in the world and the shade and the fresh air it gives attracts many homeowners to situate them in their yards. But the moisture in your yard’s surface is definitely not enough to support the entire tree. The main root which is commonly known as tap root will grow straight down the ground in search of enough moisture. Upon maturity of the tree, lateral roots would start to grow and cause your plumbing dilemma.
7. Eucalyptus Trees (Gum Trees)
There are many varieties of gum trees in Australia. Every variety has its own fast-growing, far-reaching and belligerent root system. These trees oftentimes collapse and tumble during storms and windy seasons and could possibly rip you underground sewers off.
8. Citrus Trees
Citrus trees such as lemon trees, grapefruit, oranges and mangoes are definitely in need of high moisture to successfully produce its juicy and delicious fruits. When you situate them in your yards and grounds without enough moisture content, they would send their roots down your sewer laterals to supply them with water and nutrients.
9. Willow Trees
Willow trees are not supposed to be situated in yards and grounds as their natural habitat are areas with high moisture. They are in need of high moisture usually found in river banks which cannot be found on your yards. They would tend to hunt your sewer laterals down in order to acquire the moisture it needs.
10. Boxwood Shrubs
Boxwood shrubs are oftentimes used as property boundaries and temporary fences. These areas are the common consigns to situate plumbing pipes and sewer. Being too close to the plumbing elements, these two often clash and would always demand costly repairs and restorations.