Being in the South, we all know and love nature—even those of us in the bigger cities. And while a big, beautiful oak looks excellent in front of any Southern home, they’re not always for the best. Down below the earth, something bad may be happening. If tree roots hurt your foundation, it could be dark days for your home. Find out if tree removal could save your home from further foundation damage with WCK Foundation Repair.
How Do I Know If My Tree Is Affecting My Foundation?
It isn’t always easy to know when your foundation is damaged. However, signs of foundation damage may begin to appear in a variety of ways. And, if you recognize some of these signs, it can be an indication that it’s time to get in touch with a foundation repair specialist. Foundation damage signs can include:
- Sinking Ground
If there’s a sudden dip or a hole that wasn’t there before, it can be a sign that your foundation has been compromised.
- Cracking Foundations
The larger the crack, the more serious the issue. Additionally, there may be hidden damage beneath the surface. When tree roots grow and search for sources of water, it can lead to them pushing into a home’s foundation. This, in turn, can impact the structure.
- Drainage Issues
This can occur for a handful of reasons, and it can harm your foundation if not handled properly. Over time, tree growth can contribute to the problem.
- Other Landscaping Issues
Your foundation, the soil, and the trees can have pretty substantial effects on the ground. But when one thing goes wrong, it can impact others. For this reason, it’s always best to take charge and solve your issues before they get worse.
Unless you can see the roots themselves, you may not know if your tree is causing issues. But should you get your tree removed? What are some of the consequences tree removal can have on a foundation? Find out with WCK Foundation Repair.
Is Tree Removal the Best Choice?
We’ve discussed some of the ways trees can harm a foundation. But did you know that they can also help sometimes? For instance, if you suffer from heavy rainfall, tree roots can remove the excess moisture. Additionally, trees can help with soil stabilization by preventing erosion.
Depending on the size of your property, it may be smart to invest in a root barrier for trees 20 to 30 feet from your home. Removing the roots also stops the chance of roots removing moisture from the zone of influence around your foundation.
In some extreme cases, removal might be the only option. Give a call to our professionals and see what’s best for your yard.
Get Your Tree Removal From Our Foundation Damage Company
Do you want to know more about the tree removal process or if you need your tree removed? Get in touch with WCK Foundation Repair. We can direct you to a structural engineer for advice on tree removal. A structural engineer will be able to elaborate on which trees to be removed around your foundation and why. Have a question for us? Give us a call at (225) 664-5956 or send us a message online. We’re happy to help in whatever way we can. And be sure to get a free estimate today!