Wind storms are known to cause extensive damage to trees and shrubs and can be very dangerous. Downed branches and trees can damage property and pose additional risks to people and even pets. Hidden damages can go unnoticed until it is too late, making wind storms even more harmful.
5 Things You Need to Do After A Windstorm
Windstorms can be particularly dangerous because the damage may not be immediate. A storm can damage a tree limb, but that limb may stay in place only to fall at a later time. This can be particularly devastating because if the problem had been identified earlier, the damaged branch could have been safely removed. To avoid such a scenario, there are certain steps you should take after a windstorm.
1.Assess the Situation
Take the time to look over damage after a windstorm. Take notes and document every issue, including things you think are minor. Maintain a safe distance: even if everything looks stable and the situation does not appear dangerous, be careful. Do not climb on any limbs or get too close to inspect the damage.
Be Aware of Hanging Branches
Hanging branches pose a serious danger. If the tree limb is stuck in something that is holding it up – like a power line or even a roof – there is the potential that the item supporting the branch will give way. In this case, both the branch and the item will fall and potentially cause more damage.
Tree branches that do not completely break are risky, too. If the branch is hanging because it is still partially connected to the main tree this connection can break at any time. Be mindful to not walk underneath any hanging branches. Keep children and pets away from the area, and do not park a vehicle in that vicinity.
2. Identify An Urgent Situation
If a branch is caught in power lines or leaning precariously against a home or structure, maintain a wide berth. Any time power lines are directly involved or close to the damage, the situation has the potential to be very dangerous. In an instance like this it is important to notify your local power company immediately, so they can send a crew to safely remove any branches that are on or near power lines.
3. Look for Damage to Trees
If you notice dead leaves on branches that are still up in the canopy, this is a sign that the branch is damaged. The branch is likely no longer attached to the tree, or it is just barely attached. This can be dange us, because the branch could fall at any time. Call a tree service professional right away to have the dead branch removed.
4. Get to Work
If the damage is minor you can start cleaning up right away. In cases of property damage you will need to get in touch with your insurance company and start the claim process. In cases of serious damage or an extensive mess it is best to call in a professional, so the situation can safely and effectively be resolved.
5. Consult a Professional
A professional will be able to determine the best solution to each situation. In extreme cases, a tree will need to be taken down and removed. When a main branch is damaged, or if the trunk is damaged, a tree will typically need to be brought down. If the structure of the tree is safe and secure it can stay and will need to be trimmed.
You do not have to wait until a damaging windstorm blows through to clean up the mess. If tree branches extend over your home, garage or other buildings on your property, have a professional come in to remove these branches before they become a problem.
If you suspect a tree or specific branches on a tree are compromised, either due to previous damage or disease, make an appointment to have a professional assess the situation. Proactively trimming trees and shrubs ahead of inclement weather can prevent harm to your family, yourself, and your home, while also saving time and money.
Know the Signs
Windstorms can leave a lot of damage in their wake. When trees or limbs come down, they can bring power lines and even structures down with them. Downed trees or branches can cause damage to homes, vehicles and even people and pets. Safety is very important when dealing with the aftermath of a windstorm, and it is important to quickly and safely asses any damage.
If a windstorm has recently caused havoc on your property, contact us today and let us help you remove branches and dangerous trees from your yard.