5 plants that can damage your home — plus what to do if you find them

ivy growing up the walls of a house
Some plant species in the UK can cause serious damage to properties, from affecting foundations to exploiting cracks in your home's walls (Image credit: VII-photo/Getty Images)

Your home is your pride and joy and you have put so much money into it that the last thing you want is something as innocuous as a plant damaging it.

Many don't realise the dangers that come from plants that are found in gardens and properties up and down the country. While you might think they are harmless, left unchecked they can bring catastrophic results.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.