Fallen Tree: Answers To Your Questions About Emergency Tree Removal

Tree hazards following storms can cause a lot of damage or even injuries. Knowing what to do and how to stay safe when there is a dangerous tree situation on your property can prevent further troubles. 

When Is It An Emergency?

There are two situations when a tree becomes an emergency — when it has already fallen and caused damage or when it is in danger of falling. If the tree is already down and leaning on your home, entangled in power lines, or blocking access to your home, then it must be addressed immediately before further damages occur.

Trees that develop a lean or suffer major branch loss during a storm can also be an emergency, especially if it is leaning toward a home, power lines, or roadway. In this case, the tree needs to be stabilized or removed before it falls and causes severe damage. 

Who Should Be Called First?

Who to call depends on the type of tree emergency. If the tree has fallen into power lines or caused sufficient damage to the home for there to be electrical or gas utility risks, then the first call should be to the utility company so they can cut power or gas to the area. Evacuate and make the call from outside the home if you suspect a gas leak, but stay inside and clear of power lines if there are any live wires outside due to the fallen tree. After this call, you can call an emergency tree service.

Otherwise, your first call should be to an emergency tree to schedule prompt removal, especially if the tree is still only a risk but hasn't yet caused damage. Once tree removal has been arranged, call your insurance company to begin filing a claim if necessary. They can tell you what documentation the tree service needs to provide so your claim can be processed.

How Can Hazards Be Reduced?

It can be terrifying to be in a home after a tree has crashed into it. Hazards vary depending on where the tree landed and how big it is. You may need to evacuate the home if the damage is severe, especially if you hear creaking and groaning noises from the roof or walls. These noises may indicate ongoing structural damage that could lead to a roof collapse. 

If there are concerns about electrical fires inside due to where the tree struck the house, then you should cut off power at the breaker box. Avoid the section of the house beneath the tree's landing spot. Further, do not approach the tree from outside as there is a risk that it could shift or roll, which can cause injury to anyone nearby.

For more info, contact a local company like Rojas Chops Tree Service LLC.