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Persistent Foundation Leaks After Tree Removal

Tree roots can actively damage your foundation and cause your home to leak. You can’t always deal with these leaks, however, by having the offending tree removed. Some tree roots remain after their initial removal and can continue to damage your foundation. How do you know when these leaks are still being caused by the remains of your tree, and what can you do to deal with them?

What To Do When A Removal Doesn’t Work

As mentioned, removing a tree from your property doesn’t mean the leaks in your foundation, basement, or crawl space are going to clear up. Sometimes, removals can go wrong. If you’re noticing consistent water damage in your home after tree removal, take the following steps to see what went wrong and how best you can protect your home.

Step 1: Assess The State of Your Tree Site

After you remove a tree from your property, take a look at the site of the removal. If you cut down the tree yourself (or with the help of some friends) and you’re still dealing with a leak, you may not have appropriately dealt with the remains of the tree. Check the removal site for signs of life and make sure you’ve removed all of the roots from the surrounding area.

If you contracted a team of tree professionals to remove a tree from your property for you, you’ll still want to make your way out to the site of the removal. Again, look for signs of life. You’ll want to get in touch with the contractors you hired if you spot signs of life or if you think the tree’s root system may still be alive and kicking.

Step 2: Talk To Your Local Professionals

Communicating with your tree removal professionals is essential to a successful removal process. Even if you opt to remove a tree on your own time, you may want a contractor to come out and inspect your work after you’ve finished. These professionals will be able to identify any mistakes that may have been made during the removal process. As such, you’ll have a better idea as to whether or not the tree you removed may still be causing your foundation leak.

Communication is just as important if you hired a professional team to remove your tree for you. Stay in touch with your team after your removal and have them check up on their work a few weeks afterward. Again, if your foundation, basement, or crawl space is still leaking post-removal, it’s possible that they missed some roots or otherwise left part of the tree still alive.

Step 3: Make Sure Your Stump Is Fully Removed

One source of constant frustration, post-tree removal, is a tree stump. If you had contractors leave your stump behind or left it up yourself, you’ve effectively left your tree alive. After assessing your site and talking with your team, you’ll want to disconnect a leftover stump from an existing root system and safely dispose of the wood.

Step 4: Consider Chemical Root Killers

It’s also possible that, despite your or a professional’s best efforts, there are still active tree roots near your home. If this is the case, you’ll want to consider investing in chemical root killers. You can apply these root killers at the site of your removal and let the roots’ natural absorbent process do the work for you. In as little as two days, any roots still plaguing your home should be taken care of.

Step 5: Reach Out For Professional Home Waterproofing

Have you taken all the recommended steps post-tree removal but still find your home battling leaks? Persistent issues in your basement, crawl space, or foundation demand professional attention. Now is the time to protect your home’s foundation with expertise you can trust.

JES Foundation Repair is here to help. As a leader in foundation and basement repair, we bring unparalleled expertise and cutting-edge solutions to your doorstep. Our team conducts thorough inspections to pinpoint the exact cause of your home’s leaks and offers customized waterproofing and repair services designed to provide long-term protection.

DIY solutions might seem appealing, but they can complicate and even exacerbate the problem. Save time, money, and hassle by choosing JES Foundation Repair. We’re dedicated to ensuring your home remains dry, secure, and stable.

Take the definitive step towards a dry, secure home. Contact us today to schedule a no-cost consultation and start the journey to a fully protected home. Your peace of mind is just a call away!

Kathryn Butler

Kathryn Butler

Content Writer

Kathryn is a Content Writer for Groundworks, bringing ten years of professional writing expertise to the home services industry. Thanks to a combination of a passion for research and having lived in several places around the world as a military wife, Kathryn has accumulated valuable insights into the diverse challenges faced by homeowners. Kathryn currently calls Virginia Beach home, where she resides with her husband and three children.

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