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?

If your pipe is blocked by the invasive roots of an oleander, there's no need to panic. Our effective solution is hydrocleaning, a technique that solves the problem quickly and efficiently. Using a high-pressure water jet, hydro-jetting is able to cut out and eliminate harmful roots from inside the pipe. So, when faced with a drain blocked by oleander roots, hydro-jetting is the reliable answer to restoring the free flow of water.

Pipes broken by oleander roots? We have the solution

Before After

Pipe lining is a pipe repair technique that remedies breaks caused by roots or other factors. It involves inserting a resin sleeve inside the damaged pipe. Once hardened, this sleeve creates a new inner wall, sealing the cracks and reinforcing the pipe's structure. This method avoids the need to dig up and replace the damaged pipe, reducing the cost and inconvenience associated with repairs. As a result, the lining is a modern, fast and long-lasting solution to drain problems caused by oleander roots.


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