Trees & Your Home’s Foundation
We all love to live under the shade of Mother Nature. A little green around the house is always welcome, which is why we love to landscape our Ottawa homes with vibrant flowers, lush grass, and stately trees. But did you know that trees around your house can cause big damage to your foundation? Yes, it’s true. Let’s explore the effect that trees on your property can have on your foundation, and what you can do to prevent damage.
How Trees Cause Foundation Cracks
The visible parts of the tree can cause other problems – falling branches can damage the roof, leaves can clog gutters, and leaves in the fall are just a headache to rake all the time. But when we’re talking about the foundation, the leaves and branches are not a problem (with the exception of clogged gutters leading to water leaks, but that’s a topic for another day). It is the root system of the trees that can cause damage.
When there is little rainfall, the roots will soak up all the moisture from the soil to keep alive. Dry soil contracts and can cause your foundation to shift and settle, leading to cracks. If the root system of a tree touches your foundation, it can exert immense pressure which will also eventually lead to cracks.
What is the Solution?
If there is a tree near your house and it is interfering with foundation, then you will have to consider chopping it down. There’s good news if your tree is a safe distance away – as long as you continue to prune the branches, the tree will stay a consistent size. Therefore the root system will stay roughly the same size over the years as well and won’t expand toward your home’s foundation.
In case you have a green thumb and dream of making a house amidst trees, then you have to be careful. If you are planting them yourself then be sure to plant them at a distance. The tree could be looking small on the outside but you can be sure that its root system will spread wide below the ground. Maintaining distance is your safest bet. The tree root system will not interfere with the foundation of your house and the presence of it will fill your heart with joy. The same logic applies to shrubs and other landscaping.
To sum it up, plant new trees at a distance and keep an eye on old ones. The root system of the trees should not interfere with the foundation of the house. This is the only disadvantage of having trees on your property. Other than that, they are an inexpensive addition of paramount beauty. The nature lover in me says go ahead but as the writer of this article, keep a close eye on that beautiful thing.
If a tree on your property has caused foundation damage, City Residential Foundation Repair can help with all your foundation crack repair and basement waterproofing needs. Give us a call at 613-859-9387 to request an appointment.
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Can't say enough about the workmanship of Chuck and his crew. They assessed the problem(leak in the foundation) quoted me a price, booked appointment, showed up on time and did a very professional job.The work site was cleaned up to the point it was hard to tell there had been any serious digging at the site. If I have similar problems with my foundation they will be the first people I will call!! I would not hesitate to recommend Chuck and his crew if you have foundation problems that need repair. Duncan Hardie
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Chuck Naish and his team from City Residential Foundation Repair were excellent to deal with in every aspect. Their level of integrity throughout the entire process was outstanding. They were honest, respectful and their ability to explain the process and the solution options were extremely helpful to us. The scope of the project was big, however Chuck walked us through every step of the way; assessment, testing, options and repairs which resulted in a very successful outcome. In addition, Chuck and his team were able to complete the necessary repairs with minimal impact to our newly completed landscaping which included a lot of hard scape, tiered armour stone, gardens and a pool. They kept the work site impeccable over the duration of the project. We have and will continue to highly recommend Chuck Naish for his very professional and skilled foundation repair work.
My experience with City Residential was great. Chuck was very friendly and very easy to deal with. I especially appreciated that he was able to come by and do the estimate in the evening when I was off work. They did the work exactly as they said they would, no surprises (which in my mind is the most you can ask for). I was really surprised by how clean they left everything in the evenings and when the job was complete. They will definitley be the first people I call if I ever need more foundation work.
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