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Trees That Can Ruin Your Home’s Plumbing

Trees definitely boost a home’s curb appeal, among other benefits, but some species can actually interfere with your plumbing. Certain types of trees have invasive roots that can damage and destroy home plumbing systems. While there are several methods to restore this root damage, you can start making smart landscaping decisions now to avoid this costly problem.

How Do Trees Damage Your Plumbing System?

Plants and trees are essential natural resources, but they can be damaging in some circumstances. At times, they’re planted in a location where they need more room to grow. There are different kinds of root structures in trees, depending on the species, those that go straight down, and those that spread out.

In particular, if there’s a lack of water supply in the soil, trees expand their roots, looking for enough water to meet their needs. This is how it becomes problematic if the tree is too close to your house. Roots can actually penetrate pipes and cause damage to your plumbing system without you noticing. Most homeowners only discover the problem when they experience a plumbing issue.

Avoid Planting Species with Most Invasive Roots

While there are many reasons why roots damage plumbing systems, it’s always best to identify the most problematic types of trees, and check if you currently have them on your property. If you’re planning on making changes to your landscaping, you should be especially careful when making a decision about the species you plant. These trees often cause plumbing problems:

  • Aspen trees
  • Birch trees
  • Elm Trees
  • Maple trees
  • Oak trees
  • Sycamore trees
  • Willows

Although these types of trees can cause damage to your underground sewer pipelines, it doesn’t mean you can’t plant them in your yard. By working with a plumbing or landscaping expert, you can get professional advice on where it is safe to plant these tree species on your property. Depending on the size and layout, it’s likely possible to plant them somewhere on your land. Just make sure they’re located far enough from the plumbing system.

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Take Care of Your Plants

As you plant trees away from your pipes and house’s foundation, consistent TLC is necessary. Make sure that your plants are nourished with enough sunlight, water and nutrients so their roots won’t look for these essentials elsewhere.

Maintain Your Plumbing System

Make sure that your plumbing system doesn’t have cracks, leaks, or any weak spots that roots can crawl into and grow unchecked.

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Call Shepherd’s for Tree Root Problems

Follow the tips mentioned above and conduct regular preventive maintenance to avoid these costly problems. It’s safer, cheaper and less complicated to prevent issues than to correct them.

If you’re concerned about any current or potential root and plumbing problems you have at home, your best option is to reach a plumbing expert. Shepherd’s can assess your situation and provide you with reliable and expert plumbing services. Contact our plumbing team today at  (650) 422-2466 to speak with a professional.

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