Tree Roots will Damage Foundations

Tree Roots Can & Will Damage Foundations,

Roots are often blamed for damage to foundations.  In reality, roots are rarely the cause of the problem. Though small roots may penetrate existing cracks in foundations, they are incapable of causing mechanical damage through their growth. Soil subsidence can result in damage to structures. Under very special circumstances roots can contribute to this problem. When soils are prone to shrinking substantially during periods of drought, and if foundations are shallow, roots can contribute to depletion of soil moisture under the foundation, causing it to subside.





Tree Root Damage, University of Florida
Tree Root Damage, University of Florida


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