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Tree Root Identification & DNA Testing


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Tree Root Damage to Buildings – Root Identification & DNA Testing

Tree root damage to buildings is a serious issue in parts of the UK. We can provide root identification and DNA root testing services to commercial and private clients through our own laboratory.  We work for insurers, loss adjusters, engineers, local authorities, the arboricultural and landscape industries, land and asset managers and individual property owners.

There are a number of situations where the identification of roots is required including subsidence damage claims and damage by roots to hard surfaces and light structures (paving, tarmac, walls etc.)

Roots should be stored in paper bags (do not use plastic bags or clingfilm) and should preferably be at least 1mm in diameter (although smaller roots maybe suitable for identification)

DNA Root Testing

Where there is more than one species of tree on a site, DNA testing of roots can potentially identify which tree identified roots originate from.  However, differentiating between roots and individual trees is not possible where trees are cloned, have grown from suckers or are grafted.

We can provide expert advice prior to sampling so that the cost of inappropriate tests can be avoided.

If you need advice please complete the call back form, email or call us.


“Thank you so much MWA Arboriculture for the Homebuyer – Mortgage Report you produced for us. We bought the house and have followed your advice and removed the conifer. Now we have more light in our front room and the risk of subsidence has been removed!”

Mrs Stockbridge


“Just to say that I don’t deal with MWA usually, as I don’t case handle. However, I have found the service of you and your colleagues fantastic on this and a few other claims.”

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