3 Considerations During an Emergency Tree Removal

If possible, it is always best to proactively remove trees that could be a hazard during a storm. Unhealthy trees are the ones that most likely could come crashing down when foul weather hits. However, even healthy trees can fall, and when they do, you need will need to safely remove the tree as quickly as possible. When you need emergency tree removal, consider these three factors.

  1. Health or condition of the tree. How the tree can be safely removed can depend on the condition of the tree. If the wood is dead or rotten, there is a higher chance portions could break or fall during removal.
  2. Surrounding structures. What structures could be impacted by the removal of a tree? If the tree landed on a structure or right next to one, careful planning will be needed to ensure no further damage is done. Even landscaping should be taken into consideration – you do not want to ruin a retaining wall while trying to remove a fallen tree.
  3. Obstacles or accessibility. Is there room for large equipment to remove the tree or will it need to be taken away in small pieces? How the tree is removed can depend on where it is located on the property.

An experienced tree removal service will take all these factors into consideration before they start. This ensures that the job goes smoothly without any problems during the process. Trying to save money by doing it yourself? You may want to rethink this idea and call in a professional. Unforeseen problems can cause delays and additional damage if the job is not done right from beginning to end.

Posted on behalf of:
Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA 30606
(706) 340-1539

Do You Know What To Do In A Tree Emergency?

There are some events in life which cannot be prevented or predicted. A large tree falling on your property is often one of these unexpected events. Most tree emergencies are caused by weather-related issues, such as high winds, heavy rains or winter storms. Every year, thousands of homeowners are faced with the very real problem of dealing with a fallen tree which may have damaged their home, garage or other property. The question is, do you know what to do and who to call in a tree emergency? 

Steps To Take After A Tree Falls

The sound of a tree crashing down is a frightening one. The weight and velocity are likely to crush anything in its path. Although there is a chance the tree will fall safely to the ground without doing any damage, on most home lots it’s not likely. It some cases, a tree will hit one object, then split and send a second piece to hit something else. Hopefully, everyone who lives at the home is safe and not harmed by the falling tree. 

Most fall-prone trees will come down during a storm. Due to the continuing danger of other trees falling, stay under cover until the threat passes. Once conditions are safe, take steps to remedy the situation. 

–        Check the damage. If your home or any other structure was hit, you may need immediate assistance to prevent water damage. You may be covered under your home or auto insurance for damage repair.

–        Keep away from the fallen tree. There may be power lines tangled in the tree, or it may fall further. Stay away from the tree until you can get professional assistance.

–        Call an emergency tree service. Many tree services offer emergency removal. Call a local professional to have the tree removed, which often is covered by home insurance.

Posted on behalf of:
BAM Tree Experts
Cumming, GA
(770) 292-1998


Cleaning Up After The Storm

Winter can often bring in storms with the capability of making a mess of your property. Even if you’re lucky enough not to have a tree fall or any other major damage, you can still have plenty of branches and other debris to pick up after the storm passes. Instead of breaking your back trying to collect all that mess and haul it away, call in a tree service to do the job for you. 

Tree Service Clean-Up

Many tree services offer storm clean-up, even if you don’t need an entire tree removed. The benefit of hiring a tree service to do your storm clean-up is they may be able to help you prevent further storm damage, plus, they have the tools and equipment to do the job properly. When you hire a tree service for storm clean-up, have them perform the following services: 

–        Remove all tree branches from your yard. The tree professionals will remove all the small branches and sticks, and they can cut up large branches to make them easier to carry and haul.

–        Check trees for loose branches. Some branches may have broken, yet not fallen. Have the tree service check for dead or loose branches on your trees, removing any which may pose a hazard.

–        Preventative tree removal. It’s a good time to discuss any dangerous trees on your property with the tree experts while they’re present to evaluate the situation. Have your trees inspected for possible falling dangers. It is better to have a tree removed before it causes damage to your home, or possibly causes injury to someone on your property. 

 After the job is complete, your yard will be free of all that storm debris. Also, having a professional tree service clean up your yard after the storm is a great opportunity to prevent larger tree problems in the future.

Posted on behalf of:
BAM Tree Experts
Cumming, GA
(770) 292-1998


Emergency Tree Removal

Emergencies do not always happen between nine and five on weekdays.  This applies to emergencies involving trees or large tree limbs, which can cause both bodily injury and extensive property damage.  Often storm related, tree emergency service falls into two categories.  The first is to remove the tree or large limb before it falls onto the house, while the second category involves removal of the tree or limb after it has fallen on the house, so that repairs can be started.  

The first step in the emergency tree removal process is for a representative of the service provider to survey the situation on site and to make recommendations to the property owner.  As a part of the site survey the tree service representative will access the safety of the conditions and the severity of the situation.  This will determine if the tree or branch can be safely removed immediately.  While the damage done to the home by the fallen tree is very important, the safety of the workers doing the actual tree removal is critical as well. 

Once the scope of services is agreed to and it is safe to work, the tree service company will remove the tree or tree branch.  If necessary, specialized equipment, including a crane, will be brought in as necessary to assist in the removal of the tree or branch, which will minimize potential for additional damage. 

Often the best way to prevent tree emergencies is to stay on top of preventative tree maintenance, including pruning and deadwood removal, while also watching for the signs of tree disease and insect infestation.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Tree Service

Cleaning Up Fallen Trees After The Storm

Powerful storms can wreak havoc on the trees on your property. After the storm has finally cleared, you may be left with fallen trees, branches and debris scattered throughout your yard. If you were lucky enough not to have your home or other structures damaged, you still must dispose of debris and often remove fallen trees and the stumps left behind. It also may be time to consider removing trees which may be in danger of falling when the next storm hits. This is a perfect opportunity to call in a professional tree service for storm damage clean-up and to discuss preventative tree removal. 

Professional Tree Clean Up Services

After a big storm, a tree service can not only clear your yard of the branches and debris, remove them and get your yard back to normal, they can also handle the larger jobs as well. Trees or limbs which became damaged or snapped during the storm may need to be cut down and removed, leaving behind stumps with plenty of eyesore potential. After the immediate clean up is done, talk with your tree professional about performing the following services: 

  • Stump grinding. Stump grinding is an efficient way to remove these leftover stumps from fallen trees and create a cleaner, more spacious looking yard.
  • Pruning. Pruning large or dead limbs now that may fall during the next storm can reduce the clean up needed down the road.
  • Tree removal. Discuss potentially dangerous trees which could fall in future storms. Consider  removing them now before they fall, and destroy your home or garage. 

Getting the help of a professional tree service after the storm can not only make the clean-up faster, safer and easier, it can also gives you a chance to prevent future storm damage.

Posted on behalf of Absolute Arbor Care

Weak Trees And Limbs Can Be Deadly

When severe weather hits, weakened trees and limbs are among the most dangerous aspects of the storm. During hurricane Sandy, over 100 lives were lost, many to falling trees, such as a firefighter and an 8-year old child. Although a super storm like Sandy may uproot even a healthy tree, weak or sick trees are more likely to fall even in a typical storm. 

Hazard Signs

There are signs that a tree may need pruning and even removal. Knowing what to look for can help determine whether a tree is potential hazard for falling or losing limbs. Take the time to look at trees on your property for the following situations: 

  • Broken or partial attached branches
  • Branches overhanging structures or electrical lines
  • Decay, rot or open cavities in the trunk or branches
  • Trunk has a strong lean
  • Mushrooms growing at the trunk
  • Dead branches 

These are just a few of the signs that there may be disease or a problem with a tree that could cause it to lose branches or fall in a storm. When any of these are present it is best to have a tree expert come and examine the tree and make recommendations on what to do next. 

While most people would prefer to keep the trees they have, sometimes removal is necessary. It is better to voluntarily have the tree safely removed then for it to come down on its own, jeopardizing both your home and safety. By routinely having your trees checked for any problems, you could avoid heartache down the road when the next big storm hits.


Downed Tree Safety

The recent October snowstorm that surprised residents in the Northeast US this past week serves as a reminder that trees and winter weather can be a dangerous combination.  When heavy, wet snow or ice accumulates on trees, it can topple the entire or break off large branches.  Add high winds and the potential for disaster is even worse.  The recent snow storm brought down an unusually large number of trees because of the heavy, wet snow and the fact that most of the trees still had leaves on them to hold more snow and weight.

Falling trees and tree branches are hazardous to life and property.  Numerous deaths from the snow storm have been blamed on trees and branches falling and striking pedestrians, vehicles and homes.  In addition, falling trees severely damaged thousands of homes and vehicles.

In addition to directly injuring or killing people and damaging property, falling trees and branches take down power lines.  These power lines remain live until emergency personnel can shut off the power.  If you encounter a tree or branch that took down a power line, stay away from it.  You can be electrocuted by just touching the tree.

The same holds true if you are trapped in a car by a fallen tree.  Unless the car is on fire or you are otherwise in danger, stay in the car until emergency personnel arrive and tell you it is safe to exit the vehicle.  Otherwise you run the risk of being electrocuted exiting the vehicle.

For downed trees on your property, call a tree service that handles emergency tree removal.  They have the experience and equipment to safely removed storm damaged trees.

Storm Damaged Tree Removal

Like much of the rest of the country, the southeast has been hard hit by winter storms this year.  These storms have brought high winds and freezing rain, snow, and sleet and have caused a lot of damage to trees in  Atlanta, Georgia and the surrounding areas. 

Storm damaged, fallen or leaning trees and large broken branches can be very dangerous.  Safety is your first priority when dealing with storm damaged trees.  If a tree or large branch falls onto your home, move your family to a safe area until the storm has subsided, then take care of the damage after the storm has passes.  Never climb in, around, or under fallen or leaning trees or branches and stay well clear of trees and branches that may have fallen into power lines.

If there is any property damage from a fallen tree or branch, call your insurance company.  There may be coverage for some or all of the damage and they can help you determine what steps to take to safely secure your property, remove the tree, and repair the damage.

If trees or large broken braches have fallen into power lines, do not attempt to remove them.  Call the power company or a professional tree service to have the tree removed. 

A storm damaged tree should be evaluated by a professional tree service or arborist.  In some cases, the tree may survive if it is properly cared for and pruned.  In other cases, the tree may be so badly damaged that it will need to be removed.  Removal of damaged trees and hanging tree limbs can be very dangerous and should be left to an experienced tree removal service.

Atlanta Wind Storms

This past week in metro Atlanta, several tornados were spotted, and high winds were noted throughout the area.  High winds can cause severe damage to trees, tree limbs, and existing structures. 

Even the healthiest of trees cannot withstand sustained high winds.  Branches may break and fall to the ground or on your roof,  or they may break only half way, posing a further danger to your home and individuals in the area.  After every major storm, you should walk your surrounding property looking for loose limbs, fallen branches, and trees that appear structurally damaged.  A loose limb or smaller fallen branches indicates that the tree has suffered damage and needs immediate pruning from a certified arborist and tree expert.

A high enough wind can make any tree fall over.  But even smaller gusts of winds such as those associated with thunderstorms, hail storms, or the occasional winter weather can cause damage to your trees.  Trees that are pruned regularly have a better chance of withstanding storms.  Trees that have lower centers of gravities also tend to withstand storms better. 

In Atlanta, trees with lower centers of gravity include oaks and magnolias.  Crepe myrtles and holly trees also have strong wind resistance.  Trees that are surrounded by other trees are also more likely to survive storms.  Trees such as pines have a higher center of gravity and are more likely to be damaged in a wind or other storm.

If you experienced high winds in your neighborhood this past week and need emergency tree removal, call a certified arborist today.