Protecting Your Property from Tree Storm Damage

Every year hundreds of thousands of homeowners have damage to their home due from trees during storms. From branches falling on cars parked in the driveway to entire trees crashing through the roof of a home, trees can cause a large amount of damage and bodily injury when they break loose in a storm. While not all tree storm damage can be prevented, there are ways to minimize the risk. Here are a few options:

  • Pruning. Keeping your trees pruned is not just for aesthetics and healthy trees. Once a year, your trees should have any weak or dead branches remove that could break off in a storm to protect your property and family. Big, broken limbs are referred to as “widow makers” for good reason. Have them safely removed by a professional tree service.
  • Crown reduction. Similar to pruning, crown reduction can allow high winds to flow through the top of a tree, instead of blowing it over. This can also let in more light and can offer health benefits to the tree.
  • Tree removal. If you have a hazardous tree that is weak, dying or diseased, have it removed before it causes serious damage or injury. Preventive removal is much less expensive than the cost of repairing your home, or worse, paying for medical bills due to an injury.

As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you have large trees on your property, call your local tree service to have them inspected for possible hazards. It is better to pay to have them pruned or removed now than suffer the expensive consequences in the middle of the next big storm.

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

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.