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You want your home to look so stunning that it makes the neighborhood talk. And to your knowledge, you have accomplished just that. Your yard boasts a verdant lawn, lush flowerbeds, and a group of gorgeous, mature trees. You have placed everything just so for maximum aesthetic effect.
However, you’ve notice those trees’ roots growing ever closer to your foundation, your driveway, or your main sewer line, and you feel a little nervous. You’ve heard stories about tree roots breaking through these items and causing expensive repairs-and you don’t want to share in that experience.
Below, we’ll outline the signs that tree roots have infiltrated your home’s structures. We’ll also tell you how to remedy the problem.
Roots rarely cause significant damage to concrete foundations. Occasionally, roots may find their way through existing cracks and enlarge them. But as long as you maintain your foundation, you’re unlikely to have any trouble with tree roots.
However, if you have particularly strong trees, you may have the rare opportunity to see Mother Nature’s inexorable (if somewhat slow) fury unleashed on your home. You’ll notice signs like the following:
Again, roots rarely cause foundation damage. If erosion or other factors disrupt the soil under your home, you could see the same signs. You will have to investigate the roots before you take any further actions. Dig around the foundation near your trees and see if their roots extend toward it and start to grow down. If they do, then they may have caused your foundation problems.
Prevent further damage with these tips:
Some homeowners have trouble with their tree roots when they grow under their sidewalks, driveways, patios, and other shallow, concrete structures. And those roots can cause some dangerous problems.
As the concrete cracks and buckles, pieces of it will stick up and create a tripping hazard. And because other people often use your sidewalk, patio, or driveway, they could become injured. Some injured persons may want to pull you into a personal injury lawsuit as a result, and you don’t want this to happen to you.
Look for the following signs if you suspect your trees have disrupted your driveway or sidewalk:
To remedy the situation, use the same steps you used while safeguarding your foundation:
Talk to your local arborist for more information. He or she can tell you whether cutting the roots or the whole tree works better for your needs.
Roots grow into your plumbing because they find a small source of water, like a hairline crack or a loose joint, and they extend hair-like roots into it to access the steady flow of water and nutrients. You may not see the structural effects when roots grow into your plumbing, but you will experience the consequences.
Common signs include:
Most of the time, you don’t have to kill or maim your tree if it grows into your sewer system. Instead, call a tree-trimming expert to remove the portion that grew into the plumbing and call a plumber to replace the pipe. With proper sealing and repairs, your plumbing won’t seem appealing to your tree anymore.
Watch for the signs above and call your tree-pruning expert when they appear. You won’t be able to remedy the problem without professional help, especially if damage has already occurred. Have the arborist or tree-trimming expert help you with your trees, then call your local plumbing or construction contractor for repairs.