There are a number of concerns associated with trees close to a building. Perhaps one of the big concerns for a homeowner is; are the trees roots going to damage the homes foundations? If cracks already exist in a home’s foundation, a trees roots can start to make their way into those cracks. Very large tree roots can even start growing under the foundation and cause it to raise.
Falling branches and tree limbs are another concern if trees are close to the home. These could fall and damage the roof, power lines, communication lines or, even worse, someone passing by or living in the home. Leaves and branches could also clog gutters and drains which, if not cleaned out regularly, can create structural issues over time.
Fire is another reason for concern. Trees can increase the risk of fire spreading throughout the home. This would be a major concern in areas at high risk of wildfire. There may also be a need for extra levels of pest control as trees allow rodents and insects easier access to different areas of the home.
If you have trees close to your home, what can you do to minimize some of the dangers associated with it? Check the condition of the trees to see if they are dead or dying. An unhealthy tree will pose more of a risk for falling branches etc. Have a professional trim the trees for you. If you are worried about any possible structural issues, why not have the home inspected? That way, you can enjoy better peace of mind.