These are photos of oak tree vs. sidewalks in my neighborhood.
In some cases, the tree roots are winning. In other stretches of the sidewalks you can see slumping as the soil underneath erodes or settles.
The question is can tree roots do damage like this to the concrete slab foundation of your house? There seems to be a debate.
The websites of many foundation repair companies list trees being too close to foundations as a possible source of damage.
They often recommend a “root shield” solution where you (or they) install root barriers or root caps all around the slab to keep tree roots from getting under the house foundation.
Can tree roots really lift a foundation with the weight of the house and all the stuff in it? Just wondering.