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Concrete Damaged by Tree Roots?

There are 2 willow trees behind my common wall. One is about 4-6 feet away from the common wall and I had some concrete work done from the wall to the patio of the house which it is about 22' long. The concrete was done in March of this year and just 2 months ago the concrete started to crack and lift so I reached out to the HOA and they told me that the tree could not grow roots 11+ feet to damage the concrete is that correct?

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November 16, 20172 found this helpful
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You will need to contact your HOA again. The roots of a Weeping Willow tree can spread over 100 feet long. If the tree has reached maturity and the foliage is between 45 to 70 feet long then the root system can spread out over 100 feet.

The tree that is next to your home sounds like it is half grown and not mature. Therefore, the roots on this tree can now be around 10 to 25 feet long. Here is a link that you can read that will explain the growth of this tree and the root system.

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You will need to get an inspector out to examine the tree, roots, and possibility that the tree has caused this damage. If this is the case, your HOA is responsible for removing this tree immediately because the longer the tree is left to grow the larger the roots can spread. Your home could be in danger if this tree is left there much longer.

homeguides.sfgate.com/root-system-weeping-willow-51554...

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November 16, 20170 found this helpful

i live in Arizona can you recommend and inspector or who i can call to come take a look at this for me

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November 16, 20170 found this helpful

here is a pic of the 2 trees that i am talking about

 
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November 17, 20170 found this helpful

I just looked up online and I think this person would be able to help you. He specialized in foundation and concrete inspection. I'd give him a call and explain your situation to him. If this is not in his line of work he will be able to help you by giving you a few other names to call. I hope you can get this taken care of before the tree grows larger. If the tree keeps growing the roots continue to spread out and one day they will reach your home and do some real damage.

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www.concreterepairman.com/

Good luck and please let us know what happens.

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November 16, 20170 found this helpful

Willows can be quite invasive and crack your foundation,and interfere with your pipes and things.

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November 17, 20170 found this helpful

It can grow 30- to fifty feet in height with an equal spread to make it round.So they are wrong here is the link homeguides.sfgate.com/weeping-willow-growth-rate-77560...

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November 16, 20170 found this helpful

That is not correct. Tree roots can lift up concrete and go into plumbing systems, causing a lot of damage. I would get the roots cut as quickly as possible

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November 17, 20170 found this helpful

They are incorrect. Call them back.

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