Trees are of some importance. They instill a sense of communion with nature, while blooming trees, such as jacaranda, add colour to your residential environment. Trees shade lawn benches and block winds too. However, there are certain hazards that arise from having trees around your residence.
Trees grow all the time. This means that the girth of trunks and branches is steadily increasing. Roots too will extend downwards and laterally, and thicken as well. This may not seem to be of immediate concern to homeowner,s as it is a slow process taking years to manifest. But pressure by that thick stem crowding your perimeter wall will eventually cause cracks in your wall—a precursor to total collapse and costly rebuilding. Such falling walls are known to injure people and cause harm harm to property.
Weakened foundations and split floors
The roots of trees growing near your house grow and extend in all lateral and downward directions. Given time, they will reach your foundations and penetrate narrow fissures and cracks in the underground masonry. As they thicken gradually, these invading roots will persistently push at the surrounding masonry, eventually breaching the foundation walls and reaching the space under your floor. As they thicken further, they press strongly against your floor from below and open up cracks in it. Walls and even entire buildings are known to collapse as a result of root damage to foundations.
As new leaves form, older ones die and fall off and onto your compound, littering it. These leaves drift everywhere, including onto roofs and inside open windows. When they land in rain water gutters, they rot and crumble, with subsequent rains washing their bitter flavour and dark colouring into your water storage tanks. Wherever they land on your property, these leaves require frequent and tiresome cleaning. They are a sure nuisance to home aesthetics and hygiene, besides being an eyesore.
Trees are brittle by nature. The reason they aren't frequently falling off right and left on your compound is that they haven't been pushed hard enough yet, as happens in gales and earthquakes. These natural phenomena are rare enough, but there are other unprecedented events that can bring that whole tree or heavy branch crashing onto your house, car or even children playing thereabouts. Natural tree death, incipient cracks and fungal rot weaken trees and cause them to fall under their own weight. You can easily spot and remove a dying tree in good time, but other causes behind tree death go undetected till a crash falls catches you unawares.
For additional information, contact a residential tree service in your area.