GSHP (Geothermal) and tree roots?
An older friend of ours has a relatively new home (~11 years old) with a Water Furnace GSHP. She planted a cherry tree behind the house shortly after moving in. Now she's talking about having it removed, because as it grows she's becoming concerned that its roots might interfere with or damage the HP's loop.
She has no idea where the loop is located. I suspect it's nowhere near where the tree is, and is probably deep enough (seems to be plumbed through the cellar floor, a good 10' below grade) that no landscaping is likely to damage it. But I'm far from being an expert.
Regardless of where the loop may actually be buried, can anyone say whether this is a legitimate concern? Has anyone seen any examples of GSHP loops being affected by tree roots? I'd like to be able to put her mind at ease, but don't want to do so if there's a good reason for her to be concerned.