Trees are a beautiful part of your Nashville house’s landscape and can make you feel calm, comfortable, and at home. They provide shade during the hot summer months, offer you a place to hang your bird feeder, and provide a natural feel, whether you’re downtown or in the suburbs.

However, these beautiful friends can also be a threat to your foundation. While you’re enjoying the autumn colors, your tree’s root may be hurting your foundation. In today’s blog post from A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair, we’ll be sharing a few of the ways trees can affect your home’s foundation. Continue reading to learn more, and if you’re in need of foundation repair, contact us!

How Trees Can Hurt Your Home’s Foundation

Trees are not the direct cause of foundation damage. Unlike plumbing issues where tree roots can crack or fill pipes, tree roots are not strong enough to break your home’s foundation. Instead, they change the conditions of the soil near your foundation, causing it to shift or settle, putting stress on the concrete. When concrete settles, it is more likely to shift a crack, causing you to need foundation crack repair or full foundation repair. These foundation cracks can also lead to a leaky basement, which is definitely something you want to avoid. 

In extreme cases, when the foundation settles, it can cause the entire house structure to suffer damage. Walls may sink or crack, chimneys may bow, and ceilings can become uneven. This type of damage usually only occurs in older homes, though.

How Trees Can Help Your Home’s Foundation

Many people don’t know that trees can also help your home’s foundation. They can stabilize sounds and help with water drainage, soaking up extra moisture during a wet Nashville spring. They also prevent erosion, which is especially important if you have any sloped areas surrounding your home. You just need to be sure that you are strategic about where you plant the trees in relation to your foundation.

How to Prevent Tree-Related Damage

If you’re concerned about your tree’s root damaging your foundation, there are some ways to protect yourself. You can build a root barrier, which involves digging to the base of the foundation. If you’re looking for a less invasive project, you can dig a foot or two deep a few feet from your foundation and simply cut any roots you see.  

If you’re planting a new tree in your yard, choose a slower-growing tree species with less-aggressive roots, like an oak or sugar maple. Try to steer clear of silver maples and elm trees, which have deep, strong roots. Remember that a tree can develop roots that are two to three times the height of the tree, so consider this when you’re choosing a place to plant!

If you have healthy, beautiful trees in your yard, you don’t need to cut them down because you think they may be a threat to your home’s foundation. Instead, have an analysis of your soil type and foundation status to determine how big of a threat roots are to your foundation and whether you will need future foundation repair. Cutting down a tree should be your absolute last solution to root problems.

Get Foundation Repair From A-1 In Nashville

If you’ve noticed any foundation damage, such as cracks, bowing walls, or a leaky basement, contact A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair. Our team of foundation repair experts can help assess any concerns you may have and create a plan to repair your home’s foundation. 

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