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A root barrier or root wall is a durable barrier that effectively stops unwanted tree and plant root damage to foundations, pavement, driveways, sidewalks, and other infrastructures. Trees are responsible for over 50% of foundation problems. When trees are planted near a foundation, their roots will extract any available moisture from the soil. As they do, the soil below the foundation contracts, causing foundation problems that can cost upwards of $30,000 to $80,000 to fix. The problem gets worse when summers are dry.
Did you know that a fully mature, majestic oak (and many others) can extract 300 gallons of water a day through its roots? Large trees located near a foundation can cause foundation problems, including sheetrock cracks, broken tile and granite, and sticking doors. Extracted water from under the foundation of your home causes the foundation to subside by several inches or more due to shrinkage of the clay soils. Large tree roots on top of the ground is a sure sign that your tree is searching for water and trying to survive. THEY WILL FIND WATER UNDER YOUR FOUNDATION!