Have you ever seen a concrete sidewalk slab lifted by a tree root? If you have, you can imagine the incredible force even a small root exerts as it moves through the soil searching for water and nutrients. While this force is strong, it isn’t typically strong enough to damage your home’s foundation directly — despite what some homeowners believe. Instead, tree roots can damage a home’s foundation by changing the soil that surrounds it.
Like us, trees, bushes and other vegetation require water to live. They take in this life-giving water via their root systems, absorbing it from the surrounding soil. This in turn means the soil loses moisture, which can cause it to shrink or densify. This changes its structural integrity and can affect your home’s foundation.
In addition to affecting moisture content, tree roots can change soil’s structure by the very action of moving through it. This motion — although it happens very slowly — can cause soils to compact as they’re pushed aside by expanding roots. During dry periods, roots can shrink, leaving voids that weaken the surrounding soil. In both cases, this can cause changes that may negatively affect the stability of your home’s foundation.
Dritek Foundation Solutions offers a variety of solutions to permanently repair cracked, sinking foundations caused by soil dehydration and shrinkage by tree roots, including:
It should be pointed out that, in addition to these solutions, we recommend homeowners ensure proper drainage around their homes by grading the soil properly.
Put simply: because we can permanently repair your foundation problems on time and on budget. Don’t Settle!
Dritek Foundation Solutions has been making homes whole and restoring their owners’ peace of mind for more than 30 years. We’re a member of the Supportworks network — a group of more than 130 contractors across the United States and Canada that is committed to redefining the industry by proving that more is possible when it comes to the homeowner-contractor experience.
Honesty. Transparency. Courtesy. Respect. These are the values that drive us, from the person who first takes your call to the person who shakes your hand when the job is completed to your satisfaction. Don’t settle – call us today – you’ll be glad you did!
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM DRITEK FOUNDATION SOLUTIONS
When you schedule an appointment with us, one of our design techs will come out to your home to speak with you and inspect your home’s issues in person. He or she will answer your questions and address your concerns. Then, together, you’ll sit down and go through a solution that is tailored to your home’s unique situation. And, by the time we’re done, you’ll know three things:
We proudly serve the Metro Atlanta and Athens areas, including: