Even though mature trees are sturdy with deep roots, strong winds and soaking rain can cause a tree to fall or drop a big limb. Whether the limb or tree lands on a car, your house, or in the yard, you'll want it removed as soon as possible. Here's a look at having your tree removed after it has been damaged in a storm.
Notify Your Insurance Company First
Your home insurance might pay for tree removal when the tree is damaged by a storm. However, they may need to send an adjuster out to look at the tree first, and then you'll need to wait on your claim to be approved before you bring in a tree removal service. Your insurance company may want you to submit quotes from a few tree removal companies along with your claim.
Get Quotes For Tree Removal
If the fallen tree is an immediate danger, then the process of tree removal moves much quicker. You can have a tree removed on an emergency basis if your home or family are in danger. Otherwise, the process might not move too fast and may depend on how many trees were damaged in your area by the storm. Getting an estimate is the first step, and you'll want to understand what the estimate entails. Find out if it includes stump grinding and hauling away of the tree debris.
Have The Tree Removed
You're probably in a hurry to have the tree removed from your property. The length of time it takes to get rid of the tree depends on how dangerous the job is considering the position of the tree. If it is flat on the ground, there is less danger than if the tree is upright but unsteady. The tree removal service may bring in a cherry picker truck for tree removal so they don't have to climb the tree. They'll probably have a shredder for grinding up smaller chunks of the tree and heavy equipment for lifting the larger chunks and placing them near the curb. They may haul off all the debris the same day or come back to pick it up later. The final step in tree removal is grinding away the stump, but sometimes this step is optional if you don't want to pay for it.
You may want to investigate why the tree fell during the storm. A storm can bring down a healthy tree, but it's often the sick or dying trees that fall easily. Check other trees in your yard, and if you have any that are dying, you may want those removed as well before they fall and cause damage to your property.Share