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Trees, Roots Can Affect Your Home’s Foundation

Trees, Roots Can Affect Your Home’s Foundation


Hi, my name is JJ Ebarb and I am a project
manager for United Structural Systems, Inc., a foundation repair and waterproofing company
located in Nashville, TN. Trees are bountiful in Middle Tennessee. They
are beautiful and add value to your home’s property. But, in some cases, trees and their root systems
can affect a home’s foundation and stability. Trees consume a lot of water, and can pull
water from the soil surrounding it. This causes the soil around a home’s foundation to contract
and compact, which can lead to foundation settlement. When assessing the likelihood of a tree affecting
the foundation of your home, note the species of the tree, the distance of the tree to the
home, and whether the tree existed before the home was built or it was planted afterward. Some species of tress have shallow roots,
or roots that do not travel, and would not affect your home’s foundation. Look at the longest branch extending from
the tree. If your branch is near or over your home, it is very possible that roots have
extended underneath that distance as well, and are pulling water from the surrounding
area. Maintaining your trees can help reduce the
devastating affect a tree can have on your home’s foundation. Prune leaves to reduce
the amount of water a tree consumes, and trim limbs to encourage limb and root growth away
from, or under, the foundation. If the tree was there before the home was
built, it will likely have already affected the surrounding soil and would not have any
affect on the home’s foundation. Newer trees can affect the soil elevation. Call United Structural Systems, Inc. at 615-227-2275
with any questions you may have about your home’s foundation or foundation repairs,
or visit us online at http://usstn.com. We guarantee our Best … Call USS!

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