The Impact of Overgrown Trees on Your Home’s Foundation
We spent some time with our last article talking about tree overgrowth and how it can affect the health of a home’s roof. Today we are going to continue with the theme of trees, although we want to bring things back to Earth, under the dirt, in fact, to where the trees extend with invisible arms to grip the soil beneath our feet.
Yes, roots will be the subject of today’s discussion. More specifically, the ways that roots can adversely impact the health of a home. Similarly to the ways that tree overgrowth can rapidly become an issue when it comes to the health of your roof, an out-of-control root system from nearby trees can begin to adversely impact various structural elements on your property, up to and including the home’s foundation.
How do you know if a root system is an issue? There is a good chance that any problems have already begun to show themselves. Are there places where your basement walls bow inward? Do you have fences on the property that are buckling due to unseen forces? It is possible that this is the result of roots! More likely, however, is the sight of additional shoots springing up in areas where you did not plant a tree. In cases like this, it is the result of a root system moving far enough away from the parent tree for it to be able to send up another seedling. Perhaps this is a desirable feature for you, perhaps it is not. It is important regardless to know what is happening.
Contacting an arborist is the quickest and safest way to confirm for certain just what it is that is causing the issues, and if you have any questions regarding the possibility of overgrown or invasive roots this is exactly what you should do. Unfortunately, there are not a whole lot of options when it comes to solving the problem of rampant roots other than removing the tree in question.
When this is done, it will take place in such a way as to leave the root system mostly intact while severing the top of the tree from its base. Yes, the roots will likely remain where they are for some time, but they will not continue to grow and spread, and this is the primary thing you want to watch out for when it comes to treating and preventing aggressive root growth.