Property drainage is an aspect often overlooked until the moment water accumulation becomes a problem. Trees, while a magnificent addition to our environment, can sometimes have unexpected impacts on a property’s drainage systems. Through this article, we’ll dive deep into understanding these implications and how tree removal can present a solution.
The growth of tree roots is not restricted to the ground’s surface. Instead, they extend far and deep, seeking nutrients and water. In their quest, these roots can infiltrate underground drainage systems. Over time, as these roots grow and expand, they can exert pressure on pipes, leading to cracks and eventual blockages. It’s not just about physical obstruction; roots can also find their way into minor cracks, further expanding them and allowing more debris to settle, causing blockages over time.
Not every tree on a property is a potential hazard to its drainage system. An arborist conducts a thorough evaluation to determine which trees pose a threat. This assessment involves understanding the species of the tree, the nature of its root system, its proximity to drainage lines and its current health. Trees with expansive and aggressive root systems, especially those near drainage pipes, are typically flagged. However, the final decision always prioritises the overall health of the property’s ecosystem.
Addressing the tree root problem isn’t just about immediate relief from blockages. By taking timely action on problematic trees, the overall stress on the drainage system is reduced. Less stress means fewer chances of cracks, breaks and blockages, leading to an extended lifespan of the system. With fewer disturbances, the overall maintenance cost over time is also curtailed.
The expenses associated with repairing a damaged drainage system can be daunting. From locating the problem area to excavation and then the repair process, the costs add up. On the other hand, tree removal, especially when done proactively, can be a fraction of these potential repair expenses.