Rose Laurel: The No. 1 enemy of your pipes

The oleander, known for its rapid growth and its ability to block out the view, is often chosen to be planted in front of the boundary walls of houses. However, behind its beauty and usefulness in terms of privacy lies a little-known danger to your pipes. In this article, we highlight the major risks that oleanders pose to your pipes, while offering advice on how to protect your pipes while preserving your privacy.

The Destructive Effect of Rose Laurel Roots:

The vigorous roots of the oleander, in search of water and nutrients, can rapidly invade buried pipes. This intrusion causes cracks, partial or total blockages, or even complete pipe bursts. The consequences are water leaks, unwanted seepage and drainage problems.

Oleander root in a drain
Oleander root in a drain

Obstruction and backflow risks:

The roots of the oleander, once inside the pipes, can cause partial or total blockages. Debris, organic residues and other matter accumulate more easily, hindering the proper flow of wastewater. The consequences can range from a simple slow flow to water backing up, causing major damage to your plumbing system.

Solutions to protect your pipes and your privacy :

To avoid the problems associated with oleanders while preserving your privacy, here are a few measures to take into account:

a. Planting distance: When creating your garden, make sure you keep a sufficient distance between the oleanders and buried pipes. Make sure the distance is at least 3 metres to minimise the risk of damage.

b. Physical barriers: Install physical barriers, such as special membranes or waterproofing fabrics, to prevent roots from spreading to the pipes. This will effectively protect your pipes while preserving the aesthetics of your garden.

c. Regular Maintenance: Regularly inspect your pipes for any signs of blockage or potential damage. If you notice any problems, call in drain unblocking professionals for early intervention.

d. Choice of Plant Alternatives: If you want to preserve your privacy while avoiding the risks associated with oleanders, consider other plants that provide good cover without having an aggressive root system. Landscaping experts can advise you on alternatives suited to your environment.

Are your pipes blocked by oleander roots?

Oleander can pose a real danger to your pipes, but there are ways of preventing potential damage. By maintaining the correct planting distance and using physical barriers, you can limit the risks posed by invasive roots. However, if you are experiencing problems with oleander roots in your pipes, you can call in a specialist company such as "Les Experts du Débouchage

Their qualified team can carry out hydrocleaning to cut unwanted roots and offer repair solutions without breakage using the lining. Thanks to their expertise, you'll be able to protect your pipes and restore their proper functioning, while preserving the integrity of your garden and your privacy. Don't hesitate to contact "Les Experts du Débouchage" for professional advice and assistance.


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