5 Tree Species that Can Damage Sewer Lines

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There are different types of trees and vegetation that provide to be friendly to plumbing fixtures while there are those that don’t. But behind this event is the thought that trees do not damage sewer lines and plumbing fixtures without a reason. They are just driven by sheer desperation to look for different sources of nourishment so could continue to thrive. Trees also require varied amounts of spaces, both downward and outward, to sustain growth. In this article, you will learn about the different types of trees that prove to be harmful to sewer lines.



  • Citrus Trees


Uninformed homeowners choose to plant citrus trees such as lemon, orange, and grapefruit for the fact they bear useful and tasty fruits, however, what they do not know is that these trees are the very reason of their plumbing nightmare. Fruit trees such as these require large amounts of moisture, oxygen, sunlight and other nutrients for them to grow properly. Sometimes, your residential soil capacity is not enough to provide these trees with what they need which is why they search for other sources and the nearest one is likely to be your sewer pipes.



  • Oak Trees


Some of the world’s sturdiest trees come from the Oak tree family. Oak trees take a long time to mature this provides that the Oak has a slow growth rate. Although given this idea, this tree can still wreak havoc on your plumbing system. An Oak tree’s root system is more complex than most. It is made up of a taproot and dozens of supplemental roots. A tap root, also known as the main root, is the sole root that grows downward and grows to be massive to provide the water needs of the tree. If your sewer does not lie beneath the Oak, it will not have any problem with the tap root. The supplemental roots are the ones that cause problems for homeowners. Supplemental roots run lateral to the tree and can grow outward up to 100 yards from the base of the tree. This is the real culprit for sewer blockage, rupture and intrusion.



  • Birch Trees


There are around 60 different types of these huge and elegant-looking trees that grow to be 40 to 50 feet tall. The tree, however, poses a great inconvenience because of its size. Birch trees have a root system that will grow up to two to three times its maximum height. Also, the growth of the roots is not downward like the oak tree. A birch tree root travels outward which means that at some point, within the 100 feet radius, the root will encounter your sewer and other supply lines. Then, the birch root will look for the slightest weakness in your sewer pipe and invade that. The root will consume whatever moisture it finds inside and continue its assault until it completely destroys the pipe casing.



  • Willow Trees


Willow trees are as harmful to your sewer lines, plumbing fixture, and residential foundation as they are beautiful. This tree is usually found near swamps, ponds and other kinds of freshwater bodies and thrives in a moist and nutrient-rich environment. This tree requires moisture which is why when planted on the wrong type of soil and environment, the root will tend to look for the closest source of nutrition and that will be your sewer lines in most cases.



  • Poplar Trees


Poplar trees are often the popular choice of homeowners when they pick out trees for their lawn. This is because of the wide shade they provide and the canopies help a great deal in controlling the temperature of the surroundings. This species has around 35 varieties and can grow up to 80 to 150 feet tall which leaves the roots at 160 to 450 feet outward from the base.