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Why it Pays to Install a Root Barrier

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 @ 03:01 PM  posted by admin

Roots, left unchecked, can cause structural damages that can cost time and money. As a homeowner, you have an option to combat roots that grow out of control under concrete home foundations, driveways and sidewalks. However, not just anyone is qualified to install a root barrier. If installed incorrectly, trees can be damaged, and even killed. The best solution is to call the experts who can remove the roots safely and at a price that you can afford.

What Are Root Barriers Made Of?

The barrier can be an object that is solid, like sheet metal. Or it can be soil that is sectioned off in zones and is treated with chemicals. If treated with chemicals, they will be attached to a fabric in the form of pellets. The idea is to prevent roots from growing in places where they are not wanted.

When roots form under a foundation, they will eventually dry out the soil and cause it to settle. Determined roots can also invade pipes and cause extensive plumbing problems. When that happens, there is no alternative but to call the plumber. Hopefully, the repairs will not be too expensive. You might think of installing a root barrier as preventative maintenance. Root barriers are cheaper than foundation repairs any day of the week. While a root barrier is not guaranteed to absolutely stop roots from growing, you can count on most root growth being stopped cold in its tracks.

How Long Can a Root Barrier Be Expected to Last?

If your root barrier is made of plastic or concrete, you can expect longevity. If the barrier is comprised of chemicals, its longevity may depend on the amount of water that reaches the treated soil. Typically, soil root barriers will last for about five years or more.

Root Barrier Installations

Root barriers, concrete or plastic, are typically installed by digging a trench. It takes work, and is a bit beyond installing it for weekend exercise. If your plans are to do it yourself, make sure that you have the right tools, time, and state of mind. Next, the choice of materials is laid in the trench and then the trench is filled. As we mentioned earlier, it is imperative that you hire professionals who know how to properly install a barrier.

With respect to cost, we can inspect the property and give you an estimate. Of course, there is always an advantage compared to what a foundation might cost to repair. Calling the professionals at Wauson Tree Services has its advantages. We are skilled, licensed arborists who believe that customer service is still king. We also have the right tools and the personnel to get the job done. Call us today at 214-450-8720 or email at