Having large trees in your yard has its benefits. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, they provide shade for your yard and house. However, it’s possible for trees to damage your home as well. So, it’s important for you to know how trees can be damaging to a house and whether the trees in your yard pose a risk.
Falling Trees and Branches
Sometimes, trees fall. If you have a tree that’s dying, it may eventually fall on its own. However, bad storms can also cause trees to break, high winds may uproot trees, and heavy snow or ice could cause tree branches to come crashing down. If a tree falls on your home, it could cause a lot of damage to your house. So, it’s important to have the trees in your yard assessed by a professional from time to time. If you’re worried about a tree’s health or think that it may not be able to withstand a big storm, you should consider hiring a tree service company to assess the risk and remove the tree if needed.
While tree roots grow slowly, they can become quite large. After all, they are continually searching for a source of nutrients and water for the tree. They might need to extend pretty far. If tree roots are growing near or through something, such as a concrete walkway, sewer pipes, or your home’s foundation, the pressure they apply can cause a good amount of damage.
The good new is, tree roots won’t directly damage your home’s foundation. However, they can cause the soil that your house is sitting on to become displaced, which, in turn, results in the foundation to your home shifting. The same thing happens with concrete walkways. If the soil underneath the walkways becomes displaced, it might cause small cracks in the concrete or lifting. Unfortunately, your home’s sewage system can be damaged by tree roots. Small tree roots can grow in the small holes in the plumbing. As they grow, they become large enough to completely block the pipes, which can cause sewage to backup into your house if it isn’t caught soon enough. So, if you have large trees growing close enough to the pipes in the ground, your foundation, or concrete, you might want to consider whether or not the tree roots pose a risk to determine if you should keep the tree or have it removed.
If you have a tree that’s close enough to your house that its branches scrape against the windows when they move, you should consider calling a tree service company to have the branches trimmed back. Overgrown branches near windows could end up breaking the window glass if the wind gets strong enough. Also, trees with branches growing near electrical lines need to trimmed regularly so that they don’t catch fire.
Not all trees are large or close enough to cause damage to your home. However, if you’re concerned about a nearby tree, you should have the situation assessed by a professional like one from Smitty’s Tree Service Inc as soon as possible.