A lot of homeowners worry that if a tree is positioned too close to their home it will create problems for it. Although this will depend on a few factors such as the type of tree and what age and condition it is in, here are a few of the issues that can arise when trees are too close to a house.
Roots causing damage to the foundations. If the trees roots grow large enough they may start to make their way underneath the foundations of the home and cause them to lift. Roots can also make their way into already existing cracks in the foundations.
A tree can do damage to other parts of the house as well. For example, if large branches or tree limbs fall they can damage a roof or take out power and communication lines, and, of course, anyone underneath a falling branch is at risk of injury. It is not just large branches that can be a problem, but small branches and leaves can clog gutters which, if not cleared quickly, may start to create bigger issues such as water intrusion.
You could see an increase in pests in the home if the tree is very close as it will gives insects and rodents easier access to the house. There is also the danger that if a fire breaks out in one part of the house a tree could aid in its spreading to other parts of the home.
While it’s true that trees are a beautiful addition to any property, it’s a good idea to have the home inspected to make sure they are not causing it harm.