Having trees planted throughout the yard makes the surroundings look more beautiful and inviting. It is also a great way to add a cool place to stay under and seek shade during summer’s upcoming hot days. But while trees can add aesthetics and benefit the environment, they can also cause some minor and even major damage to a home when not properly maintained. Trees are living things. They will continue growing and flourishing. This continuous growth, while important, can also cause problems in the long run if left unchecked.
The roots of trees can cause damage to a home.
As a tree grows and becomes bigger, its roots will do the same. If a homeowner simply lets the trees grow freely, the roots might eventually reach the foundation of a home. Once at the foundation of a home, tree roots can penetrate the smallest of cracks and turn that crack into a hole. That hole can contribute to leaking water from irrigation, sprinklers, rain, and snow melt; all of which can cause flooding and damage. Larger roots are even strong and sizable enough to gradually start lifting up parts of a foundation.
Unstable trees can fall on a home.
Not all trees are the same. Even with proper and constant care, some trees or its branches may die and rot over a period of time. Dead branches may fall, breaking windows, knocking down rain gutters, or puncturing roofs. Additionally, if nearby utility lines are close enough, falling branches can cause loss of power or even contribute to a house fire.
Even leaves can cause damage.
Falling leaves may look innocent enough, but they can clog rain gutters. That blockage can lead to water backing up and overflowing into small cracks in your roof. This water flow can then damage walls, ceilings, drywall, and insulation within your home.
Trees are still your friend.
Although trees can become a potential hazard to a home or any structure, they are still beautiful and beneficial. A little extra attention is all that is needed. Do a bi-annual check on your trees to ensure that they stay healthy and don’t grow into any potential hazards. Here are some helpful tips.
- Make sure to check higher portions of a tree for any signs of rotting branches or growth instability.
- Plant trees at a distance. When planting trees near the home, make sure to plant at a far enough distance that the roots of a tree are unlikely to reach the foundation of your home.
- Regularly trim branches to maintain a distance of approximately six feet away from your home. This will minimize the likeliness of trees swaying or branches breaking off and damaging your home.