Avoid High Repair Costs, Save Your Foundation With A Root Barrier Installation

Root Barrier

Tree roots are something that many people do not think about, but they can cause a lot of problems for a home if left uncontrolled. These roots can easily grow into pipes and sewer lines, damaging the material and causing blockages.


When sewers back up into homes, much of the time the cause is tree roots that have gotten into the pipes. These roots prevent sewage from flowing smoothly away from the home. Instead, it can accumulate and then back up into the home, creating a mess that can be very expensive and time-consuming to repair.


To make sure that this does not happen, homeowners need to strongly consider installing a root barrier around their pipes and sewer lines. Such a barrier keeps tree roots out so that they cannot invade the lines and cause problems. Having a root barrier in place can dramatically reduce the rate at which such problems occur.

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What Happens Next?

Once the root barrier is in place, the house should have no more problems with blockages or damage caused by tree roots. Such a barrier does not harm the tree or its roots, it simply makes sure that they do not grow in the wrong place.


Aftermath can help an owner make the best possible decisions on where to place a root barrier. Root barriers can be installed before problems exist, or to help fix a current issue. Below is more information to help owners make informative decisions before planting trees or shrubs.


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How Trees Can Damage a Home/Business

Before you decide to plant any new trees in your yard, you want to do some careful planning. While trees can add shade and beauty, their roots can cause serious damage over time to a home’s foundation and plumbing. This is typically only a problem if the trees are planted too close to a foundation, but some trees have aggressive roots that seek out water wherever they can find it.

the roots of a tree that could cause foundation cracks


Keep this is mind:

Different trees have different types of roots. For example, ficus trees are very aggressive when it comes to their root growth. These are not well suited for being planted close to a home’s foundation or piping system. Maple trees, conversely, are ideal for a yard because their root systems tend to grow around pipes and will do less damage, if any, to a foundation or a home’s plumbing.


Consider the soil,

The type of soil the trees are planted in can also have an effect on any damage they cause to a foundation or to a home’s plumbing. Dry soil in hot climates easily shifts and can help roots do serious damage to a foundation. Older homes can deteriorate over time, and the soil beneath them is more susceptible to being moved by tree root growth.


Another concern with planting trees too close to a house is that the roots can sometimes block the pipes and cause the plumbing to stop functioning altogether. All of these problems, along with cracked foundations and blocked pipes can be expensive to repair.


Before planting a tree, plan carefully. If any existing trees show signs of causing problems to the foundation or plumbing, call in an expert immediately to have the problem diagnosed before it worsens.


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What Impacts The Tree’s Root Span?

The first thing to consider when planning for the mature tree's root span is the size of the crown of the tree. Roots can often grow anywhere between two and seven times the diameter of the crown of the tree. Thus, the larger the crown, the wider the roots will eventually grow. That's a fairly large range so it is best to plant the tree at least eight times the diameter's length away from the home if you want to be completely safe.


However, it's not extremely common for roots to take up such a wide span. When they do, it is usually in the most ideal conditions with great soil and drainage. The condition of the soil will have a huge impact on the span, shape, and direction of root growth.


At minimum, you should keep trees planted at least twenty feet away from the home. This offers the greatest sense of protection from root damage.

Why Choose Aftermath Structural Repair for Your Root Barrier Installation?

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Aftermath Structural Repair has been in business for over 30 years. With that much experience, we are able to provide only the best services for our customers. We are proud to serve the Houston, San Antonio, and Austin, Texas regions, building an excellent reputation for courteous and prompt foundation repair. Be sure to schedule a free estimate for foundation repairs below.



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