Monday, July 9, 2012

Can a tree's root system damage my house?

A tree's root system is a complex maze of intertwined lifelines that provide stability and health for trees, but also can wreak havoc on structures, driveways and sidewalks. A tree's roots typically grow close to the surface, and it is not uncommon for them to develop on the underside of hard surfaces such as driveways, which can lead to cracks developing through physical pressure. This damage is frequently superficial, and there is a range of options available which include: do nothing; repair the cracks; remove the existing surface and replace with a new one engineered to accommodate the roots; prune the roots or in the worst case, remove the tree.  Any alteration to the tree should be completed by a professional tree care company, like Trees "R" Us, Inc.  If you are near the Chicagoland area, Trees "R" Us, Inc. can assist you in determining the best solution to the damage to your structures from your trees.

A common problem caused by tree roots is blocking drains. They do not usually cause the initial damage to the drain and will only enter drains which are already damaged and leaking. Therefore, if drains are watertight, roots should not normally affect them. If your drains are blocked by roots you will need a drainage company to assist. It is possible that the drains will require lining or replacing. Removing the tree seldom resolves the problem as the drain remains damaged and can leak (possibly causing foundation damage) or may be infiltrated by the roots of other plants unless the drain is repaired.

If your driveway or drains have been affected by roots, this does not necessarily mean that your house will be damaged next. Root damage to buildings is much rarer and is usually caused by subsidence: an entirely different mechanism to driveways and drains damage.

If you have damage from tree roots, you should contact your local tree service to assess the damage and determine if more severe damage is likely.  It is really unlikely that your house would suffer any major damage from tree roots, but having a professional tree care company analyze the tree's roots is your best bet to ensure your house won't be damaged.

Trees "R" Us, Inc. is committed to proving its customers with quality tree service at competitive prices. We are proud to educate the public for the better good of the environment and the people of our communities.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. employs highly educated staff and strives to be the best in the tree care and maintenance industry.  For more information on Trees "R" Us, Inc. visit our website at or call us at 847-913-9069.  I'm Nick, the owner and I'm only an email away:

Trees "R" Us, Inc. services the north shore, north suburbs, and northwest suburbs of Chicago.  We are a full service tree company providing quality tree care, tree trimming, pruning, stump grinding, and plant health care by certified arborists.

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