Can Having Trees Close to Your Home Cause Foundation Problems?

Trees and Foundation Problems

trees and foundation failure

Many homes have a variety of flora around them, but it might surprise you to learn that it isn’t wise to have large plants, such as bushes or trees close to your home because they can cause foundation problems. Plants can lend a beautiful view, add value to a property, and provide shade, but they may also harm your home’s foundation if not planted and taken care of properly. It all has to do with the root system. Large trees can pull up to 200 gallons of water a day. A group of small trees can still pull 50 gallons from the soil. Unfortunately, trees do not return the water they use. This can leave the soil dry and cause shrinkage. This can lead to many different problems with a building’s foundation, including:

  • Sinking and settling foundation problems
  • Bowing and leaning walls
  • Foundation cracks
  • Leaning chimney
  • Sticking doors and windows
  • Sloping or uneven floors
  • Stoop or porch problems
The roots themselves can also cause problems by moving the foundation’s concrete and causing it to crack and erupt. This can allow excess water to invade your basement or crawlspace leading to leaking, flooding, mold and mildew, wood rot, water stains, musty odors, and more.

Solutions for Foundation Problems Caused by Trees

The best way to avoid these foundation problems is to make sure any trees and bushes are far enough away from your home and its foundation before you plant it. You can also receive foundation repair for existing problems or waterproofing for water damage issues. Interior and exterior drainage systems are helpful, regardless. Vapor barriers are also an option for moisture problems in crawlspaces and basements. We can help you determine the type of repairs you need with a simple inspection. We here at Rapid Foundation Repair offer it all. Contact us today to learn more about foundation repair, waterproofing, crawl space repair, and more. Our service area includes South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska. We offer estimates, as well. Give us a call today!