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Old 09-25-2019, 08:47 AM
 
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I live in Houston and I have a large oak tree in front yard. The roots of the tree are going under the bedding and also under the house. Is this a problem that can use foundation problem or other problems.

If this is a problem how can I solve this?



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Old 09-25-2019, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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The only way to "solve" the problem- remove the tree!

And the longer you wait- the worse it will get.
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Old 09-25-2019, 11:06 AM
 
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Tree roots growing under driveways and foundations are seeking moisture, once there they grow/expand and can cause concrete to crack.
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Old 09-25-2019, 11:33 AM
 
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Thanks everyone!

So the only way to solve this problem is to kill the tree?
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Old 09-25-2019, 11:44 AM
 
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Can I just kill the roots from that part of the tree instead of destroying and taking out the whole tree?
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Old 09-25-2019, 11:51 AM
 
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I think I have heard of trenching along the foundation to cut all the roots, then re-filling. That would not keep more roots from growing back, but it would probably take years for it to be an issue again.

Of course if your water line runs through there it wouldn't be possible.
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Old 09-25-2019, 11:58 AM
 
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Thanks turf3!

What do you mean by re-filling? Does that mean putting soil back in the trench?

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Old 09-25-2019, 12:41 PM
 
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Thanks turf3!

What do you mean by re-filling? Does that mean putting soil back in the trench?
Exactly.


If it were my house I'd probably do it, but I can't recommend it to you unless someone who knows more than I do recommends it. I'm just speculating.
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Old 09-25-2019, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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All those roots are seeking water. And it looks like a very wet area. I would trench around the foundation about 3 feet away from the foundation and cut all those roots. Mark water and sewer lines so they are not cut. Sever the roots and remove as much as you can safely remove. After that you would need to monitor the remaining roots and root stubs that they do not set off on a new journey toward the house.
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Old 09-25-2019, 12:52 PM
 
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I might just end up taking out the whole tree! Some of my neighbors had done it but I am not why they did it. I will ask them.
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