Landscaping that includes trees is very desirable for many homeowners. There are many benefits to having trees near a home. They can decrease the amount of energy required to heat or cool a home. Trees near a home have been shown to decrease air conditioning needs by 30% and can reduce the energy needed for heating by 20-50%. Trees can also increase the curb appeal and value of a home. While there are many benefits to having trees near a home, there are also a few potential drawbacks that homeowners should be aware of.
A stable foundation is essential to keeping a home in good working order. Foundation problems can be a big budget buster, which is why any problems that occur should be fixed as soon as possible. Trees are one of the biggest factors contributing to foundation damage. Roots are a big problem for most foundations. Tree roots grow into the foundation and make it weak and unstable, causing cracks and other issues. The best way to prevent tree roots from damaging a foundation is to plan ahead and plant any new trees far enough from the home that the root system will not affect the foundation. For homes with older trees nearby, having root barriers installed by a tree service company may be the right solution. In some cases tree removal may be the only solution for preventing further damage to a home's foundation.
Trees are involved in nearly 30% of all power failures. Often during storms or on windy days, trees or limbs fall on power lines and knock out power. One of the ways to combat this is by pruning trees near power lines. It is also important to remove trees that are old or diseased and that are prone to falling in an area with power lines. For homeowners who are planning on planting new trees, it is very important to keep them away from power lines.
After making sure that the trees on their property are not affecting their home's foundation or the surrounding power lines, many homeowners feel like there is nothing else to worry about. But trees can wreak havoc on plumbing too. Trees often search for water and will grow into any leaks near sewer lines causing, clogs and other damage. One way to prevent tree roots from growing into sewer line is by using chemical and physical barriers. Copper sulfate and potassium hydroxide are often used to keep roots from growing into plumbing. Wood and metal barriers that run alongside pipes can also help prevent this problem.
Trees are a great addition to any home's landscaping but there are a few drawbacks. Careful planting, barriers, and even tree removal may be required in order to keep trees from interfering with a home's foundation, plumbing system, and electrical system. For more information, contact Pete & Ron's Tree Service or a similar company.
My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.