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Will Tree Roots Damage My House

We all admire the sight of a majestic tree. But, did you know that trees’ roots can grow through rock? Yes, you read that correctly! 

A tree will eventually grow through rock and even our homes rather than around it. Trees with strong and invasive root systems are tenacious. That’s why when trees grow close to our homes, it is often a source of concern for all homeowners. Regardless of its benefits, if the rooting system outweighs the detrimental effects, a tree should be cut down to prevent structural damage.

However, understanding the factors contributing to the damages allow us to determine better what action to take. Also, if the situation necessitates seeking professional assistance, by all means, do so. It is more desirable to be safe than to be sorry later. Know about the risks, as well as what we can do to avoid problems in the future.

Different Types of Trees with Invasive Rooting System

The size of tree roots ranges from narrow to wide and shallow to deep. The tree’s dimensions are designed to provide stability and water uptake. That’s why roots can pose a serious risk to every property owner when they become invasive. 

Therefore, before planting a tree in your backyard or anywhere else on your property,  know which trees have a deep root system. This is not an extensive list; however, the following are some of the most popular trees with profound taproots:

  • Black gum
  • Sassafras
  • White oak
  • Walnut tree
  • Hickories
  • Butternut
  • Pines
  • Sweetgum
  • Japanese Pagoda
  • Hornbeam

Why Do We Have to be Concerned About Invasive Roots?

Trees are an excellent addition to any garden. Simply because they provide numerous health, environmental, aesthetic, and even economic benefits, some species, however, should be avoided due to their potential to cause structural damage to a property and its surroundings.

Here are some of the issues a tree with invasive roots can cause:

  • Invasive roots can create an irregular structure that will likely display a safety hazard that could result in trips or falls.
  • Roots can infiltrate your property’s drainage such as septic lines. This can result in clogging the sewerage that will pose a significant health risk to its surroundings including soil, water and air.
  • Roots can cause warping or sinking of the pavement or pathway
  • Invasive roots can shift your retaining walls

This will not only cause structural damage to your home but may also necessitate costly tree removal.

What are the Warning Signs of Invasive Rooting System?

Invasive tree roots can damage paving, retaining walls, driveways, drains, and the foundations of buildings. The following are the most common signs of invasive root damage in paving and driveways:

  • Cracks in the tiles or the concrete
  • Bumpy terrain or exposed roots in the surrounding area
  • Surface buckling in tiling or concrete

The following are the most common signs of invasive root damage in drains:

  • Drainage clogs
  • Drains with a slow flow
  • Water pressure variations

The following are the most common signs of invasive root damage in foundations:

  • Cracks in the basement flooring
  • Cracks in the foundation walls that run vertically
  • Inconsistent window and door frames
  • Floor surface sinking or warping
  • Windows that have been shattered or cracked


Without a doubt, trees are a lovely addition to our property. But, if you are concerned about structural damage, you must first determine which tree is appropriate for your lawn. That’s why choosing trees with the least invasive roots is always the best option.

In addition, if you notice any changes or suspect the presence of invasive roots, contact a professional. At Trees Down Under, we’re your most trusted tree removal in Sydney. Contact us on 0475 463 597 for an obligation-free quote.

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