tree root damage

Trees offer shade and water filtration, are good for the environment, and help with curb appeal for our homes. However, what happens when a neighbor’s tree roots extend under your property? What kind of damage can your home sustain?


When tree roots spread, they displace the soil, which can then become insufficient to support structures. When the soil shifts, any structures supported by the soil can also shift, and this includes the foundations of homes and other buildings. This can create cracks in the foundation, and growing tree roots can then penetrate these cracks and cause even greater damage to the foundations.

Pipes and Plumbing

Homes and buildings generally have networks of pipes and plumbing underground, which are key to transporting sewage and water. Tree roots might be searching for water underground, which can attract them to plumbing systems. These roots can infiltrate holes or cracks in pipes or displace pipes, which can result in costly issues.


Trees are an important component of many landscaping designs, but they can also cause problems if they are planted in the wrong places. Roots will spread underground, and they can cause damage to other landscaping, as well as cause decks, patios, and driveways to buckle and crack.

If your neighbor did not take adequate steps to prevent tree root damage, and your foundation, pipes, or landscaping sustained costly damage, you should discuss your legal options with a Calabasas tree root damage attorney right away.

Consult with a Tree Root Damage Lawyer in Calabasas

The Law Offices of Alan J. Carnegie, APC, represents property owners in disputes with neighbors regarding tree root damage and other losses. If you have a dispute with your neighbor and believe you might have a claim for financial recovery, please contact us online or call 877.261.4456 today.