As storm season quickly comes upon us, it is a good time to remind you about the dangers of falling trees. If you have any trees planted within close vicinity of your home, you should learn the warning signs of a tree that could either fall or become uprooted, causing damage to your roof, siding, car or even people! Not every tree is at risk, but there are definitely some trees that could pose a large danger to you and your home.
As the weather begins to turn nice, at least that’s our hope, it is a good time to start inspecting your trees. If any of the following signs show up on your tree, it is important to get it inspected by a professional to prevent serious damage to your home’s roof, siding or windows, not to mention the wellbeing of everyone around you.
- Many hanging or cracked limbs
- Any amount of decay on the tree
- Trees that look as if they have become uprooted or look lopsided
- Mushrooms or mold apparent on the limbs and trunk of the tree
- Branches that cross one another
- Branches that touch your home or nearby power lines
What you can Do
If your tree shows many of these signs, it may need to be removed. If you strictly have stray branches that lean on your home or mild decay, it might be possible to trim the tree to increase its safety. If you notice many weak branches, those should be cared for right away because even a mildly strong wind could carry it through your windows or onto your roof, causing damage. In addition, any branches that are excessively long, whether or not they look weak, should be trimmed to increase the safety of your home. Long branches have a higher tendency to become weak, increasing their risk of flying at or through your home.
A little time inspecting and possible trimming your trees now could save your home from extensive damage later this spring when the storms pick up. If you are ever unsure about the status of your tree, it is well worth it to call a professional to determine its level of safety.