Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas are home to some of the most amazing landscapes and trees. From the tall water oaks to the serenity of a bald cypress, our trees make the wind whistle and seemingly slow down time. However, as a homeowner, even the most gorgeous trees can be a threat to your home. Every hurricane season reminds us of the possibility of falling trees. Additionally, there is the danger of a tree’s root system growing to the point it damages a driveway, or worse, ruins your home’s foundation. But will removing it solve the issue, or could tree removal cause large amounts of foundation damage?
Surprisingly enough, it can! But by taking a few simple precautions, you can help minimize the possibility of that happening. Find out how from the foundation damage experts.
Replace The Soil
After removing the tree and stump, you don’t want to leave a hole in your yard. It may seem like common sense, but it should be said. Some people will just refill the hole with dirt or topsoil, plant grass seed, and think they’re done. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. There’s so much more to do!
Because of the expansive root systems of most trees, sinking occurs for some time after you remove the tree. And this sinking happens because, as the remains decompose, it leaves many smaller voids. If the tree was close to your house and you don’t have a root guard, further settling under your foundation may occur. When you replace the soil, refill the hole until there is a mound about a foot taller than the rest of the yard. And as you refill the hole, you should pack the soil down, and even water it. This will help it settle where it needs to be much quicker.
And we know you don’t want to have an unsightly dirt patch in your yard. However, you may want to consider waiting to plant grass until the ground has settled a bit. Otherwise, you may end up having to continually refill the hole over the lawn.
Making Drainage Improvements
While the void in the ground may cause some short-term settling, it’s more likely that removing a tree will affect your home with drainage issues. For example, because trees absorb a lot of water, removing it can make your yard reach its saturation point sooner. This means, after a rainstorm, standing water hangs around longer and the soil under your home shifts with the inclement weather. The best way to avoid this is to improve the drainage in your yard to help avoid oversaturation.
Get In Touch With WCK
While the trees in our yards provide shade and are beautiful to look at—you want to make sure you aren’t creating new problems while eliminating old ones. If you have removed trees and think you have foundation damage, please call our team at WCK Foundation Repair. Our professionals do their best to ensure your home is as safe as possible.