Tree Roots and Your Foundation

Tree Roots and Your Foundation

How Tree Roots Can Damage Your Foundation and What You Can Do To Stop It

Tree roots are a constant threat to your
foundation. While trees look gorgeous, accentuate the beauty of your home, and provide a welcome refuge of shade from the heat of summer, they may be wreaking havoc on your foundation below the surface of the ground.  While the depth and size of tree roots varies between species of tree and soil conditions, some have been shown to grow as wide as 40 times the diameter of their trunk.  For a moderately sized tree with a trunk that measures 1 foot in diameter, that means the roots may spread as far as 40 feet away.  The tree in the middle of the yard so far from your home could be affecting your foundation!  Tree roots and your foundation may be much closer than you think.

Tree roots oftentimes grow quickly, causing damage to your foundation before you’ve even had a chance to notice anything is wrong.  As the roots grow and move, they move the foundation with it, causing cracks, an uneven floor, and other foundation problems.

Don’t worry!  By taking a few, simple steps to protect your foundation from damage by tree roots, you can stop the problem before it starts, saving you money, time, and stress.  Tree roots and your foundation don’t need to be mortal enemies if you act before the damage is done!

Subterranean Imaging

Using modern technology, it’s actually possible to map the roots of trees with subterranean imaging and determine whether or not roots are likely to damage your foundation.  If you’re worried about it, contact a professional, and figure it out before it’s too late.

Remove Tree Roots and Stumps Before There’s a Problem

The key is prevention!  If you suspect that roots are penetrating, affecting, or damaging your foundation, act quickly!  Either hire a professional, or get to work.  To remove a root from your foundation, start by digging into the ground down to the level of the roots near your home’s foundation.  Cut the roots where they enter the foundation, and pull any projections from the concrete.  Seal any cracks or openings in the foundation with a liquid concrete or acrylic barrier, and refill the hole with the dirt.  If you notice that your foundation is already damaged, make sure to call the professionals at Ram Jack for a top-level repair before it gets worse.

Repair Foundation Cracks Quickly

Don’t delay!  If you notice cracks in foundation or suspect damage, contact Ram Jack of Texas for a free consultation.  We’ll get to the bottom of the issue and repair any minor damage before it gets any worse.

Don’t Hesitate to Repair Your Foundation

If you’re worried about foundation damage due to tree roots or any other cause, act quickly.  The longer you wait, the more likely you will have to deal with costly damage and a more involved repair.  Call Ram Jack of Texas today!  We’re happy to perform a free inspection and repair any damage before it gets worse.    We have the best repair methods and offer our services at an affordable price.

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