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Trees and Shrub Home Inspection Defects - Quality Home Inspections of East Tennessee

Trees and shrubs are one of the items that I look at during an inspection. Large trees that appear very close to the home can pose a threat to the home through falling of itself, or its branches. Branches that touch the home can cause moisture damage to a home over time. They can also provide a pathway for pests to enter into a home.

Shrubs can also cause moisture damage and provide pathways for pests. Shrubs and vines that are too close to a home can also grow right into your wall causing damage that way. A person should be able to walk in between any shrubs and the home without hitting the plants.

Tree limbs that hover too close to a roof can cause shingles to age prematurely due to holding moisture on top of the shingles. This condition could result in a leaky roof.


Trees that appear to be not healthy or decaying are especially dangerous to homes due to falling branches. Generally, trees that are too close also can damage your home by continuously cluttering up gutters. Gutters that overflow with rain water cause water to enter into crawlspaces or basements and can cause problems under the home. Everything in a home is connected. One problem usually leads to another and another.

East Tennessee Quality Home Inspections
Quality Home Inspections serves the East Tennessee area of Roane, Loudon, Knox, Anderson, and Cumberland counties which includes the cities of Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Kingston, Harriman, Rockwood, Oliver Springs, Midtown, Lenoir City, and Crossville, Tennessee. The goal of Quality Home Inspections is to help make the home buying decision a little less complex by providing a professional visual inspection and report of various systems and areas of the home.

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