​Just like it sounds, a root barrier is used to redirect or stop root growth. Tree roots are often the silent enemy. Since they can rarely be seen, they can sneak up on you and wreak havoc on the structure of your yard or house without you even realizing right away. Roots grow under sidewalks, driveways and houses and can cause cement slabs to lift or crack, as well as cause damage to pipes that may sit under your house, such as plumbing infrastructure. The best way to combat this root growth before it becomes a big problem is by introducing a root barrier.

Protect Structures

Root barriers act as walls to protect the structure of your home from being damaged by invading plant roots. Roots are strong and durable, and can cause cement slabs to rise over time, creating an uneven walkway or a slanted floor. Installing a root barrier can divert roots away from your home and save you the hassle of having to deal with them in the future. If you have a big tree near your house and want to be proactive, contact us to install a root barrier for you. This will save you a lot of stress down the line.

Stabilize Soil

Installing a root barrier is also beneficial for stabilizing the moisture in clay soil. A big issue with both slab and pier and beam structures is too much moisture in the soil, which causes it to expand, and then shrink after it dries. This constant expanding and shrinking can shift the foundation of your house. In places like Texas, where the soil holds moisture really well, uneven slabs and sinking beams is a common problem. Installing a root barrier can help divert, not only roots, but also some of that water away from your home’s foundation.

Protect Pipes

Plumbing infrastructure is often located beneath the house. Unfortunately, this makes it vulnerable to things that can get under the house, such as tree roots, and cause major problems. When a tree’s roots grow into pipes it can cause them to crack, bend, break and even cause blockages, leading to sewage backups. Tree roots can also break or block a water line. Installing a root barrier can ensure that your plumbing and water systems stay in good working order, and can prevent costly damages from occurring later on.

Prevent Exposed Roots

When roots begin to grow upwards, they can break through your landscaping and expose themselves in your yard. Not only does this not look very nice, but it is also a major safety hazard. Exposed roots can cause you or a family member to trip and fall and it creates cracks and breaks in your lawn, which can make it difficult to maintain and work around when doing yard maintenance. Root barriers will ensure that the roots stay underground where they belong, and away from your precious home. Take action to ensure the safety of your house and yard, and contact us today to get started!