4 Signs Tree Roots Are Damaging Your Property

Having trees on your property can provide a beautiful appearance and offer welcome shade. However, roots can spread many times the height of a tree, and that growth can sometimes put your actual home in danger.

If roots ever do start to damage your property, it's usually best to have the tree removed. This will involve cutting down the tree, grinding down and removing the stump and finally digging out the larger roots. Smaller roots will then decompose, and new root growth will obviously not be a problem. 

Of course, it's always best to act quickly, so it's well worth learning the following four signs your tree's roots could be damaging your property.

1. Cracked Walls  

By far the most obvious sign that tree roots are damaging your property is also one of the most serious. If you spot a crack in one of your property's walls and there is a tree close by, it's possible the roots are doing that damage. This is particularly likely if you've just suffered a spell of hot weather or have particularly clay-heavy soil. Even small cracks should be a cause for concern since continued root growth will only make them grow larger.

2. Cracked or Bulging Walkways

It isn't just your home where cracks can appear. If you have a concrete patio, walkway or driveway, you may notice bulges or cracks start to appear. These form a tripping hazard and can lead to water invading the substructure. It's also a sign that roots are spreading out enough to do damage. While this doesn't indicate an immediate threat to your home, it does hint at potential damage in the future.

3. Warped Doors or Flooring

When tree roots get under your property or start to affect your foundation, they may cause signs of warping in your home. Doors and windows may become harder to open or shut — in fact, windows may develop cracks of their own without any clear cause. In some cases, you may even notice your flooring becoming uneven.

4. Raised Terrain

Sometimes you can tell tree roots are becoming a problem simply by checking out the ground that surrounds your property. If you notice that the terrain has become bumpy or seems to have risen slightly around your home, this could be a sign that roots have reached the property and started to create enough movement in the ground to potentially cause damage.

Contact a company that offers tree removals and lopping to learn more.