Can Trees Damage Your Foundation?
When you first move into a new home or build your house from scratch, you might not give the area’s trees much thought. These trees, however, can do more than offer you a bit of shade on a summer’s day. If you’re not careful, trees that are too close to your home can put the structural stability of your foundation at risk.
Tree roots are far more active than you may believe. Not only are they gathering nutrients for the trees in your yard, but they’re also constantly growing. A tree’s roots can grow to be the same size as its canopy, if not larger. As such, most trees need plenty of room to grow.
Unfortunately, some homeowners will plant trees a little too close to the perimeters of their homes. When this happens, a tree’s roots can grow toward your foundation to the point where the two forces butt up against each other.
Now, tree roots won’t grow into your home. They will, however, cause the soil beneath and around your foundation to shift. In doing so, that soil will leave behind gaps that your foundation can sink and settle into. This puts your foundation are a higher risk for cracks and other forms of damage.
It is in this way that a tree’s roots can damage your foundation. As such, you need to be careful when determining what trees you want to plant around your home and just how close you want those trees to be.
Whether you’re landscaping a new property or modifying work that’s already been done, there are ways to protect your foundation from invasive tree roots. Some of the best ways to work with your lawn instead of against it include:
As mentioned, there are some trees that have more invasive root systems than others. These trees include but are not limited to:
Do note that these trees do not share a genus. If you do want to plant a tree in your yard that mirrors these trees’ beauty, you can speak with a representative at your local nursery to determine which of their cousins may best suit your climate.
Don’t let Mother Nature get the best of your foundation. Reach out to the basement and foundation repair experts at Ohio Basement Systems for a home inspection and a free quote on the services that can protect your home from invasive root systems.