Trees are wonderful, living things. They beautify spaces and offer shade in the summer. In autumn, they delight us with their brilliantly colored leaves. They keep the air clean and prevent flooding by sucking moisture from the soil. However, when they start encroaching on a house, problems begin to creep up.
Tree leaves must be raked in fall, but that’s a passing problem often fixed by a few Saturdays of work out in the yard, but other tree-related problems can cause bigger headaches. Here are two major problems that trees can bring.
- They can damage a home’s structure and foundation. The roots of trees take a long time to grow, but they are determined! Whatever stands in their way receives tremendous pressure. Tree roots grow in various directions to source out moisture in the soil. The real problem comes when the bigger parts of the roots dislodge huge amounts of soil. If the soil around the foundation of the home is dislodged, it will lose much-needed support. If the foundation is not properly supported, the home becomes susceptible to structural damage. Once the soil is moved, whatever is standing on it becomes unstable. In the case of homes, it is the foundation.
- They can damage plumbing. As stated above, roots make their way to where water is. Underground drainage and piping systems have a lot of water in them. Most of these pipes have perforations in them. Roots can cause pipes to break.
To prevent trees from damaging home foundations and plumbing, follow these suggestions:
- Avoid trees with aggressive root systems such as willows, silver maples, and elm trees.
- Plant trees far from the house. If you have a small yard, planting a lot of trees may come back to bite you later. Remember that trees’ roots can sometimes grow to be two to three times the height of the tree.
- Build a root barrier around your house, cutting back wandering tree roots that are creeping too close to your home.
Fortunately, most challenges with trees can be managed, leaving you to enjoy the “pros” without the “cons.”