Sneaky Ways In Which Trees Cost You Thousands Of Dollars

Trees are marvelous things. They take in so much carbon dioxide that is a waste gas for breathing humans while throwing off all of the oxygen people need. Yet, sometimes trees are in the wrong place when it comes to homes and properties. They can end up costing you thousands of dollars in damages, and the way they do that is pretty sneaky. Knowing how they can cost you money and knowing how to take care of these problems before they arise is very valuable information.

Tree Roots

Trees have "seeker" roots. These roots are underground, and they spread out in all directions. The purpose of these roots is not only to provide a more secure footing in the ground, but also to seek out sources of water. Since trees are not particular about the cleanliness of their water, sewer pipes and septic lines are acceptable sources for them.

These roots then wrap around, squeeze, and infiltrate the lines to get to the water, often causing destruction and obstruction of these pipelines. The end result is a lot of sewage either heading back into your home or erupting all over your lawn. If you have trees in your yard that are a little too close to your house (or a neighbor's house!), hire a tree service to remove them. 


Leaves falling over your roof clog up the eavestroughs. Clogged eavestroughs will overflow, causing water to head down to the foundation rather than out through the downspout and away from the house. Clogged eavestroughs also lend a hand at creating ice dams in winter, which in turn backs ice up on your roof and creates damages and leaking. You can spend hours clearing leaves from the troughs every fall, or you can cover the gutters to keep the leaves out. You can also have the tree care people remove the trees that are causing the leaf clog issues.


Trees that currently experience issues with moss or lichen and which reach over your roof can transfer that moss/lichen to your roof. Once the moss/lichen is on your roof, it spreads, and it is very difficult to get rid of. It can cost you a lot of money just trying to remove it, but then it will cost you even more if you leave it alone and it creates a lot of nooks and crannies for water to seep through into your attic. Either treat the tree with a lichen/moss killer when you treat your roof, or remove the tree that is responsible. 

To learn more, reach out to companies like The Tree Lady Company.