We’ve discussed multiple times the benefits of adding trees to your property. Unfortunately, when they’re not in the correct spot or something is built around it, like a fence, a sidewalk, or even a house, trees will remind us just how powerful they are to human-made structures. Their main goal is to survive. They will take down whatever is in the way to do that. The sooner you can catch encroaching tree roots, the better. It will be less damage to contend with later. Whether it’s sidewalks, pipes, and foundations, we’re going to discuss the best way to fix an intruding root system in this blog.

The Sewer System or Other Pipes: Trees are actually brilliant and will take the easiest route possible. They can’t break through a metal pipe, but they can find an opening in the pipe, like a small crack. Leaks or cracks are formed because of the ground and soil shifting around, changing the pipe’s alignment. The more established the roots are, the harder it will be to remove them. The best course of action to fix both problems is to replace the pipe, putting it next to the tree root.

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The Foundation of a Building: There are two main reasons why tree roots affect the foundation of a building. The first is that the tree is way too close to the house, which means the roots will keep growing, causing even more damage to the foundation. The best way to solve this is to remove the tree, replanting one at least 25 feet away depending on its size to avoid more damage. The second reason is that the tree is seeking out water. This might happen if it hasn’t rained for a while and the soil itself is dry. Try to keep the tree watered, especially if your area is going through a drought.

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The Cracked of Lifted Sidewalks: Sidewalks, driveways, and patios are similar to the foundations to buildings. If they end up being too close to the trees, the roots can break right through. The damage can be more substantial because patios, driveways, and sidewalks aren’t as established in the ground as a foundation would be. Two solutions would be to remove the tree or find a new area for your sidewalk, driveway, or patio.