When you first think of roots, the last thing that you think about really is their strength and the ability that they have to cause damage. Roots are actually one of the most common issues that we have to deal with when removing trees, and they’re something that can cause damage in more than one way. In regards to your foundation, the roots of your tree have the strength to move the soil and materials of your house so that they can grow. As they begin to grow, these materials and soil shift, which can create weak points in your foundation if it continues.
Aside from the roots of your trees being able to damage your foundation, the roots are extremely capable of breaking down your plumbing pipes. If you’ve ever seen some water building up in your basement, even if it’s small unexplainable puddles of water, there’s a chance that your roots are already making their way to your plumbing. Both types of issues require the knowledge of a professional in order to maneuver around the materials of your house or your plumbing system. This will also often require a full removal of the trunk from your home, which is tricky to do with older trees.
Another issue that we deal with commonly are trees that are dead but haven’t been removed. Being aware of the health of your tree can provide you with a lot of insight into what needs to be done to keep your home, and your family, safe from the tree. These cases are going to be fairly straight forward with what you need to look for. We say that because one of the biggest signs of danger that you’ll see in these cases are cracks.
Whether it be from a storm, old age, or simply the weight of the tree, a crack in the trunk is a major sign that the tree could crack and tip over at any point in time. There is definitely a chance that it may fall in the opposite direction, but there’s also a chance that it’ll fall in the direction of your home. When this happens, we see the damage that can go through multiple floors and require a full replacement of your roof. Rather than dealing with the aftermath of this scenario, do your best to keep an eye on any dead trees that are in your yard.
While this is primarily for dead trees, there are chances of live trees falling over too. If there is a storm, strong winds or some other form of natural disaster that strikes your trees, make sure to check the trunk so that you can be ahead of the curve in these cases.