Is a tree or trees that are close to a home something that should concern a homeowner? In this blog, we are going to discuss this subject and talk about some of the ways a tree might cause damage to a home.
Perhaps one of the main questions for anyone worried about a tree situated very close to home is, will the tree’s roots damage the foundations of the house? This will naturally depend on the type and size of the tree, but if the roots are large enough they may start growing underneath the foundations, causing them to lift. The tree’s roots may also find their way into cracks or holes that develop in the foundations which could become a problem.
The condition of the tree is also crucial in determining whether it will damage the home. Large tree limbs or branches could fall which can cut off power or communication lines, damage the roof, or even worse, may injure someone. Leaves and branches can also clog up gutters and drains, if not cleared regularly, this may affect the home structurally. The tree will also provide pests like rodents and insects, etc. with greater access to more levels of the house.
A tree close to a house could also be a fire hazard that can help to spread fire to other areas of the home. This should be of greater concern in areas at risk of wildfire.
To reduce the likelihood of a tree damaging your home, first, find out what condition it is in. You will also need to have the trees trimmed to prevent them from posing a greater risk. A home inspection is another way to see if the trees have caused any structural damage to your home.