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3 Kinds of Shrubs that Can Harm Your Sewer System

plumberleichhardt shurbsMany would use various plants just to add aesthetic to their property, this practice isn’t bad at all. However, homeowners should be mindful on what kind of shrubs they put in their lawn in order to avert pipe issues from happening. Typically, when the plants aren’t suitable for your lawn, roots will intrude and will cause serious pipe issues such as impeding the flow of water and wastewater. This article presents the top 3 types of shrubs that endanger your pipe.

  • Boxwood Shrubs

Most homeowners, gardeners and landscape architects prefer boxwood shrubs for their gardens due to its attractive aesthetics that have at least 80 different kinds. Not just that, this type of shrubs also adds colour to your yard. If your notice, this is the reason boxwood shrubs are commonly placed on establishments and home foundation. On the other hand, what most people tend to overlook is that this shrub is dangerous to our plumbing system that could result in pipe cracks and other problems. Boxwood shrubs have shallow-lying root system that grows faster than others making it immensely dangerous to your pipes underground. Similar to ivy plants, over time, the boxwood shrubs will penetrate within and when that happens, expect for a series of pipe problems.

  • Ivy Plants

Most of the time, ivy plant is found grappling around any cracks and gaps in the pip. You might think that this plant is harmless and indestructible due to its vibrant green colour and the fact that this plant is considered as a ground-covering plant. Well, what you believe in is completely wrong. On the other hand, to set everything right, you need to know that ivy plants unnatural capability to develop and grown under uncompromising and extreme situations. Due to the plant’s adaptiveness, household owners thinks that it doesn’t really require a constant monitor and maintenance.

Furthermore, if this type of plant is left unmonitored for at least six months, expect that it’ll grow up to 4 times its original width and height. Additionally, keep in mind that ivy plant is adapted to the vertical environment. With that being said, this is the common reason why the plant doesn’t have any complications when looking and penetrating hairline cracks and pinholes in the pipe. If the ivy plant reaches in your sewer system, it won’t just seep out the moisture to develop but it’ll live and grow within. Over time, it will stretch out into the channel of the sewer system that results to damaging your neighbour’s pipe that typically results to wastewater backups and blockage.

  • Holly Bushes and Shrubs

Similar to boxwood shrub, shrubs and holly bushes are considered to be a foundation plant. Also, most of the time, there are placed on exterior walls of an establishment for aesthetic purposes. If the aforementioned lacks the nutrients it needs in order to grow, expect that it will search and reach for areas which it can find one. Typically, the nutrients it needs comes from sewer pipe and supply pipes. As its roots try to grow further and penetrate within, it will gradually dwindle the efficiency of the pipe system until it deteriorates. This situation leads to obstructions, inconsistent water pressure or even insufficient supply of water at the same time, wastewater backups.