Common Foundation Problems: Don’t Forget Your Roots

How Tree Roots Contribute to Potential Foundation Problems

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We all root for trees, trees are one of the most valuable contributors to the health of our planet.  Not to mention that a beautiful, sprawling, tree in your front or backyard adds character and warmth to your home.  You may have heard the phrase, “take care of trees, and they will take care of you” and in most cases, these words could not be more true.  However, in relationship to the foundation of your home, tree roots can cause foundation problems, and it is important to understand how they can affect your foundation.

The Bottom Line? It’s All About the Soil

It is a common misconception that tree roots are a direct cause of damage to the structure of a foundation.  Contrary to this belief, it is simply about the soil that surrounds the roots. The soil can be affected in a number of ways:

Clay soil: Clay soils compact rather easily, and become dense as tree roots pass through them. This causes the more densely packed soil to put pressure on nearby foundation walls.

Loose/rocky soil: This type of soil tends to move and shift causing displacement.  Tree roots move through this soil more easily as they grow, leading to pockets and voids.

Expansion/shrinkage: During heavy rains, roots expand and during drought periods they tend to shrink.  This leads to damage to the structural integrity of the soil and can directly affect your foundation.

Foundation Settlement: A Common Result of Mature Root Growth

Foundation settlement may occur when there are soil changes due to mature root growth below the structure. Changes to the soil surrounding your home in the clay or loose soil, as well as weather-related expansion and shrinkage are natural causes.  At My Foundation Repair, we can connect you with a certified foundation repair contractor.  In fact, we partner with highly qualified foundation repair companies that use industry-standard products. Our professionals can repair your home with the highest quality materials and workmanship in the industry.  Some of the solutions might include the following underpinning products:

  • Steel Piers
  • Push Piers
  • Torque Anchor Brackets
  • Porch Piers
  • Helical Piers

Address All Your Foundation Problems With My Foundation Repairs Contractors

My Foundation Repairs contractors use only the best products for foundation repair, manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP).  You will rest easy knowing that your home’s foundation is in skillful hands with the most outstanding products to complete the job.  Contact us today. We are here to discuss your concerns and provide solutions to keep your home safe for years to come.