Are Your Trees at Risk of Falling?

Weak trees can be a danger to both lives and property. Falling trees and limbs are one of the most common causes of damage or injury during a storm. Major storms like hurricanes can cause many trees to fall, especially those that are weakened from disease or other issues. Knowing what to look for can help you determine whether a sick or weak tree should be removed before they become a hazard during a storm.

Signs of Tree Deterioration

When a tree is weak or sick, there are signs to let you know it is in trouble. Leaning trunks or mushrooms growing at the roots can be a sign of weakness or disease. If there are rotted areas on the trunk or branches, or hollowing occurring, this is a serious sign of a weakened tree. Other things to look for are dead branches or leaves/needles that look unhealthy.

If a tree has any signs of poor health or weakness, calling in an arborist can help you determine the level of damage to the tree. In some cases, the tree could regain health with insect or disease treatment. Other times, it may be too late to save the tree or it may need dead limbs removed. It is better to proactively fall a tree or have dead branches pruned away than leave it to fall during the next bug storm.

Trees can become a deadly hazard when they are riddled with disease or weakened from rot. Don’t wait for your tree to fall on its own. Talk to your local arborist or tree service if you see any signs of tree deterioration to prevent damage or injury from a falling tree.

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

Do You Have Dangerous Trees on Your Property?

Every year thousands of trees come crashing down during storms, especially in the volatile winters months, resulting in millions of dollars in home and property damage. While home insurance may cover some of the costs of repairs, it can result in higher premiums for insurance or the company may drop the homeowner for filing a claim. Many of these storm damage issues could have been prevented with the removal of dangerous trees before the storm hit.

Tree Danger Signs

If you have trees on your property that are unhealthy or compromised, they could be in danger of falling during the next big storm. The average cost of storm damage to a home is estimated to be between 1,800-$7,000. It is much more cost effective and convenient to have dangerous trees removed before they cause major damage. Here are some danger signs that a tree may be at risk for falling:

  • Leaning trees, especially those with roots exposed on opposite side of the lean
  • V or U shaped multiple trunks – these types of trees tend to break at the split point even when healthy
  • Dead branches
  • Decay or rot in the trunk
  • Fungus or moss growing on trunk and/or roots

If you have any trees that are showing some danger signs, call your local tree service. They can inspect your trees and determine whether they are a danger of falling. In many cases they may just need pruning or care to bring them back to a healthy, safe state. However, if any do need to be removed, it is much less expensive to have a tree removed than to pay for extensive damage to your home during the next storm.

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

Tree Defect Assessment

The failure of either major branches of a tree or the tree itself can be a life-threatening event, which can also cause extensive property damage.  In many cases these failures are a result of underlying defects including disease, the natural structure of the tree and the lack of maintenance of the tree.  Trees with defects, which are not properly addressed, represent a large liability problem for any commercial or residential property owner.  Often there are tell tale signs of potential tree defects that could result in the failure of major branches on the tree or the entre tree failing. These signs or symptoms include poor tree form, dead wood, weak branch unions, cracks, decay, root problems and cankers. 

All of these symptoms have one thing in common and that is the tree or main tree branches are structurally compromised by either disease, untreated weather damage, lack of tree care or by the way the tree in naturally formed.  In general a tree that is structurally compromised does not need to be cut down to keep people and property safe. 

In many cases the defects can be managed with proper tree care including improvement of the form of the tree, regular removal of deadwood, strengthening weak branch unions, removal of the parts of the tree impacted by cracks, decay and cankers.  In many cases it is even possible to save trees with root problems as well.  The key to the tree’s health is to stay in front of both tree disease and tree defects, which could cause the tree to fail.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Tree Service

Will You Become A Victim Of A Falling Tree This Winter?

Every year, thousands of people have substantial damage sustained to their homes and property due to falling trees. It’s one of the most common reasons for home insurance claims, leading to millions of dollars in damage to homes every year. While your homeowners insurance may pay for damage to your home, a falling tree can cost you more than just money. Trees kill and injure hundreds of people every year, a price that cannot be repaid with an insurance reimbursement check. 

Prevent Foreseeable Tree Damage

The truth is that, many times, falling tree property damage or injuries could have been avoided. Although healthy trees can and do fall in severe storms, usually the trees to come down are the ones already showing signs they may be susceptible to falling. Removing these trees before they cause irreversible harm to you or your family is the best solution. 

Severe fall and winter storms are when the majority of trees come crashing down. High winds, heavy snow, icy limbs and wet soil can all contribute to the falling of a tree. Before the worst storms hit, take the time to inspect your trees for weakness. Look for: 

  • Dead branches
  • Exposed trunks where bark has fallen off
  • Fungus or mushrooms growing at trunk base, which can be signs of root decay
  • Leaning trees 

Keep in mind, an entire tree doesn’t have to fall to cause substantial damage. A heavy limb in high winds can be just as deadly as a small tree. If you are concerned about any of the trees on your property, call your local tree service or arborist to have your trees inspected. Paying to have a dangerous tree removed is a small price to pay to keep your home, property and family safe during the coming winter storms.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Tree Service


Last Chance To Fall Dangerous Trees

The late fall and winter months can bring in storms and extreme weather, which can wreak havoc on old or weak trees. Falling trees and branches are one of the primary causes of home and property damage; millions of dollars of home insurance claims are made each year for tree damage when they fall due to wind, hail, lightning or other weather conditions. With winter storms right around the corner, now is the last chance to fall old trees which may cause damage to your property this winter. 

Inspecting Your Trees

It’s not too late to inspect your trees and have dangerous ones removed before the winter storms. Take the time now to inspect your trees for signs of weakness or rot, which could make them possible hazards. Signs to look for include: 

  • Dead branches. Even if the rest of the tree is healthy, if large branches have died, they should be professionally removed. A large branch that flies off during a wind storm can cause thousands of dollars in damage to property, and has the potential to also cause serious personal injury.
  • Bark. Check for sloughing bark, or substantial bare spots on the trunk. Losing bark is a sign the tree may be dying and weak at its core.
  • Trunk. If the trunk is hollow or shows signs of rot, it may be time to remove the tree before it falls. 

If any trees on your property look questionable, it’s best to have a tree hazard assessment by a professional tree service  to offer advice about whether they need complete removal, or just trimming of dead branches. A little preventative tree maintenance right now could save you thousands of dollars, and the inconvenience of a tree falling, later this winter.

Posted on behalf or BAM Tree Experts, Inc.

Remove Large Trees Before They Damage Your Home

Weak or diseased trees are often susceptible to high winds and severe storms, making them a risk to your home, family and property. Falling trees are one of the leading causes of roof and home damage, and can cost you a pretty penny, even with homeowners insurance. It is impossible to predict when a big storm will hit and cause damage. If you have large trees, especially older diseased or weak ones, it is better to have them removed before they come crashing down on your home and possibly endanger your family. 

Determining Risk Of Falling Trees

Most homeowners value their trees. They are beautiful, living organisms that add dimension, shade and value to any property. However, once they begin to become a risk to the home and people who live on the property, it may be time to remove them. Just because a tree is old. does not necessarily mean it presents a falling risk. Many trees live well over a hundred years without ever falling prey to a storm. However, older, larger trees are also the ones which can cause the most damage. 

The best way to determine whether a tree poses a risk to your home and property is to get a tree hazard assessment from a tree professional. They can access the tree’s health, root structure and other factors which all should be considered before removing a tree from your property. There may be other solutions, like disease treatment, limb removal and other services which can be performed to both save the tree and prevent destruction to your property when the next storm hits.

Posted on behalf of BAM Tree Experts