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How Can Tree Roots Damage Your Home?

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How Can Tree Roots Damage Your Home?

Trees are magnificent plants, and their roots go deeper into the ground than you may think. This means they are capable of doing some damage to your home and other structures on your property. Roots have minds of their own! Here are some reasons why tree roots can harm your property:

Damaging Your Home’s Foundation

When your tree’s roots are looking for a water supply, they can end up damaging your foundation. This can happen because of the soil moving around in the ground where your foundation lies. They won’t damage your foundation on their own, and it will take some time, but these roots can pose some harm. If you have an older home, you may be more likely to see foundation damage from roots. Cracks in your home’s foundation can be the biggest sign. You may also have random cracks in your windows from what seems to be nothing. 

Landscape Damage

As trees age, their roots become more prominent through dirt and soil. If you have a few trees in close proximity to each other, chances are that they will end up competing for nutrients. The roots of these trees will eventually intertwine as they are moving around your yard in search of water and other nutrients. If you have patios, a walkway, or any other concrete, asphalt, or stone in your yard, the roots can cause them to crack and break.

Plumbing Issues

Tree roots naturally make their way to your plumbing system because it is a known water source for them. Invasive species of trees such as maples, willows, and aspens have systems of roots that seem endless and will go after any water source. The last thing you want to happen is for the roots to completely block the pipes and make them not able to work correctly anymore. Some signs that roots are your plumbing issue could be anything from water pressure changes, clogged drains that don’t unclog with a plunger or anything else, or even drains that randomly flow slower than usual. When plumbing issues from roots arise, you rarely have to kill the whole tree to fix it. You can have the portion of the tree removed wherever it is needed. 

Contact Dudley Tree

Dudley Tree has the knowledge and expertise to help you with any of your tree issues. If you need tree removal, pruning, trimming, or anything else for your trees, we can take care of it. Contact us to learn more about what our tree services can do for you. Call us today or fill out our contact form to get in touch! We are more than happy to help!


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