Trees, like most living things, have a mind of their own. Their roots will stretch and grow towards areas of least resistance, which can often encroach on your house or nearby buildings. As a homeowner, spotting a trees root structure growing towards your home can be distressing. Even worse, encroaching tree roots can cause significant damage to the foundation of your home. That’s why Westcoast Tree Care would like to provide you with what you should know when it comes to trees growing near your house.
Assessing The Threat
Just because a tree is growing near your house doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be removed. Unless it’s causing structural damage or has become a high risk, it’s probably ok to monitor and maintain it with regular preventative tree care measures.
In fact, some trees near your house are actually beneficial. They provide natural shade from the sun, thereby lowering your home’s cooling costs during the summer. Even more, exposed roots can also protect the foundation of your home from runoff by blocking rainwater and preventing it from reaching the side of your home. Trees also boost curb appeal and add aesthetic value to your home’s landscape.
On the other hand, however, a tree growing too close to a home can cause significant damage. Expanding root systems can break through driveways, foundations, and sidewalks, causing extensive damage that’s difficult and costly to repair. Once enough pressure has built up, these areas can buckle and crack.
Portland Tree Removal
If a tree is causing damage or has the potential to damage your home, it’s important to take immediate action to remove it. Ignoring it won’t make the problem go away. Even a hairline crack in the foundation of your home can quickly expand, further threatening other areas of your house in the process. However, you never want to attempt to remove a tree on your own. As we often explain in our previous blogs, tree removal is a dangerous job and can lead to serious injuries or even death.
That’s why it best to leave the tree removal task in the hands of a certified arborist. A professional tree care company like Westcoast Tree Care will gladly handle any trees growing too close to your home and provide you with the peace of mind knowing your property is safe from damage.
Westcoast Tree Care
At Westcoast Tree Care, we offer preventative tree care, tree pruning, windsail reduction, tree removal, deadwood removal, and view enhancement services. If we can help with any of your tree care needs, contact our certified arborist at 1.800.767.8733 today. We would be more than happy to walk your property and provide you with a no-cost, no-obligation quote.