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Iron5mike 05-06-2012 09:16 PM

Foundation damage due to large elm tree next to house!?
 
A 16" inch diameter elm tree is growing up against the house. The tree roots are causing the foundation to shift.. What options are there for fixing this problem???

nealtw 05-06-2012 10:16 PM

Hey Mike, welcome to the site. I would think tree removel would be the first step. What kind of foundation do you have and what kind of dammage are you seeing.

joecaption 05-07-2012 06:48 AM

And have the stump removed also, termites just love dead wood. Why leave a snack for them and a great way to get in under the house without being seen.

Iron5mike 05-07-2012 06:54 AM

Concrete footer foundation, damage to the crawl space. The tree has been cut down. But the roots seem to be the main issue. Probably a 10-15 foot section.

AlwaysOneMoreProject 05-07-2012 07:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Iron5mike (Post 72380)
A 16" inch diameter elm tree is growing up against the house. The tree roots are causing the foundation to shift.. What options are there for fixing this problem???

Describe the shift and the condition of the foundation. Is this section a corner or straight, and is it a gable end?

Iron5mike 05-07-2012 04:48 PM

The damage starts at a corner and runs about 15 feet.

AlwaysOneMoreProject 05-07-2012 05:10 PM

Would you like to share what is the damage? Is the foundation no longer plumb? Has it been pushed away from the mudsill? Are the cracks horizontal or vertical? How many cracks? How wide are the cracks?

Iron5mike 05-08-2012 08:19 PM

Foundation is no longer plumb, it is pushed in about 3 inches and crack gaps are about half an inch. Vertical cracks.

Iron5mike 05-08-2012 08:19 PM

There are about 2 cracks from top to bottom and go through the foundation.

nealtw 05-08-2012 08:30 PM

Ok, you know what the answer is, your just hoping there will be an easy fix. That part of the house will have to have temp supports and the broken part of the foundation will have to be removed and replaced.


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