Tree Roots and Shrubs

The effects of tree roots and shrubs on concrete slab foundations.

Texas Engineers Talk About Roots and Foundation Repair

Given the amount of concrete foundation repair that happens in the Lone Star State, the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers has published a set of guidelines for the evaluation and repair of residential foundations.

The document includes a couple of paragraphs regarding the effects of trees and shrubs near the foundation: (more…)

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Tree Roots & Foundation Damage Part Deux

While some Texas concrete foundation repair companies tell us that trees living too close to the house can cause major foundation problems there is a pretty famous garden and landscape expert in the Dallas area who begs to differ.

I’ve heard him say as much on his radio show and the following represents a typical Q&A: (more…)

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Foundation Repair and Tree Roots

Side walk section moved by tree roots and heavy clay soilIt doesn’t take a genius to see that tree roots can do bad things to sidewalks. Like turn a section of one into a skateboard ramp.

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. (more…)

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