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    Default Roots in crawl space

    Never seen this before. Thought the roots were going to attack me while I was down there crawling around, like in the Evil Dead movie Do you recommend removal of the tree. This was an addition built in 06. The roots are from a williow tree, and in another ten years they might be slightly larger.

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    Default Re: Roots in crawl space

    I would recommend removing the entire tree or at least adding a root barrier. I'll bet my more learned pest control buddies will have something to add about the roots.

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    Default Re: Roots in crawl space

    I typically use Arbroretum in place of crawlspace when describing homes like that one.


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    Default Re: Roots in crawl space

    A willow tree is about the most useless tree placed here on Earth with the exception it helps put food on the table of many Plumbers. The roots are notorious for entering into old drain lines and causing havoc.

    Adding a root barrier is totally impractical of a weeping willow as the roots will get around the barrier easily.

    Taking the tree down may even be a worse idea as the roots are filled with water and will decay away leaving many voids below the foundation wall and cause possible foundation failure.

    The best thing would be to call a local Realtor and dump this place.

    rick


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    Default Re: Roots in crawl space

    Quote Originally Posted by mathew stouffer View Post
    Never seen this before. Thought the roots were going to attack me while I was down there crawling around, like in the Evil Dead movie Do you recommend removal of the tree. This was an addition built in 06. The roots are from a williow tree, and in another ten years they might be slightly larger.
    Remove the tree before roots get bigger and hope for the best


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    Default Re: Roots in crawl space

    I would report on the roots in crawlspace and that the tree is close to the foundation. I would advise removing tree before structural damage occurs.


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    Default Re: Roots in crawl space

    Its only 4 years old, the addition, so hopefully the roots are not too large under the footings.


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    Default Re: Roots in crawl space

    you all are obviously missing the point of this tree. it is part of the green building movement and acts as a natural moisture barrier under the house eliminating the need for visquine. the roots are naturally and organically removing any moisture that may appear under the structure.


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