The Trees That Cause Blocked Drains
By Mary Mathis
Blocked drains are a huge inconvenience to every house owner. One of the primary reasons that this happens is due to the roots of trees. Some trees should not be planted in the vicinity of the house in order to avoid this problem. Some of these trees are-
· Birch Trees
These trees are very big and can grow up to 50 feet. These tall trees cause many problems because the entire root system is flat and wide. Thus, covers a whole lot of area. It can cause a lot of damage to the sewage pipes. Blocked drains are frequently encountered in areas where these trees are grown.
· Willow Trees
These trees are usually found on the banks of rivers. Since they need a lot of water to survive and the environments close to the houses do not have a lot of water, they go in search of water that flows inside the pipes. Based on this, it is clear to see why willow trees should not be planted close to drains.
· Oak Trees
These trees are the oldest and tallest trees in the entire world. They grow very slowly and so do the root systems. The main root, called the taproot, grows real deep into the soil in search of water and moisture. Once the tree beings to grow old, the other roots begin to grow horizontally and cause blocked drains, which in turn, result in problems in the sewer systems.
· Magnolia Trees
These roots give out an amazing scent and contain a strong root system that causes excessive damage to the plumbing system. These roots are very long and have a rope like structure and appearance. They grow into the ground and cause blocked drains in the sewer systems.
· Citrus Trees
Similar to willow trees, these trees require a lot of water to successfully grow in the backyards. It is common to see the roots of these trees penetrate down into the soil looking for water. Because of this reason, do not plant these trees close to sewage systems. These trees are so much of a problem that some housing societies actually ban these trees in the close vicinity of the houses.
· Boxwood Shrubs
These shrubs are plants on boundaries of the residential properties. This is the place where plumbing can be found as well. There is a chance that both of them can overlap here and cause blocked drains. Some experts recommend not planting these shrubs at all due to its high potential of causing problems to the plumbing system.
· Palm Trees
The problem with these trees is not the roots, the problem lies with the seeds and fruits. The fruits and seeds have the potential to drop down into the drain and cause excessive blockages, flooding, and damage to pipes.
This tree has a beautiful and stunning appearance. However, plant it away from the sewage lines in order to avoid blocked drains. The roots of this tree can grow very fast and cause excessive damage. In addition, this tree sheds leaves during the autumn season and can cause blocks in pipes and gutters.
· Eucalyptus Trees (Gum Tree)
This tress has an aggressive root system that penetrates deep into the soil. If strong winds are blown across, these trees can be toppled and the entire drainage system can be uprooted along with the roots, as well.
· Gingko Biloba
Along with the fruit, that smells very bad, the fruits can drop down and cause drains block and cause problems in the future.
Hence, one should avoid planting these trees near the house, as they lead to blocked drain issue.
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