The thought of having a tree falls on your home is frightening. No matter what the size of the tree, it can still cause injury to any of your loved ones and result in property damage if it lands on your roof. Sadly, many trees topple during storms, and it causes stress for homeowners as well as safety issues for them. Keeping your cool in an emergency like this is hard. You may not know what to do precisely when there's a tree on your roof, and it is so easy to panic. This is why it is essential to have your trees inspected by a tree professional before and after a storm hits to ensure you and your home are safe. We want to help you in this situation with these simple tips.
Leave the House as Soon as Possible
Don't stay inside your property for long. Leave the house as soon as you see it is safe. You and your loved ones could get hurt because of debris or get electrocuted due to exposed wiring from a downed power line. If your windows were broken, it would expose you to more danger, so it is best to leave while you still can. Don't forget to take all the necessary documents or items with you.
Call Emergency Personnel for Help If Necessary
If you are trapped inside your home or you feel unsafe, call 911 immediately. When a tree falls on your roof while there's a flood or high wind, it would not be safe to go out on your own. Trying to get out of the house on your own may not be the best idea because you don't know what to expect outside. There may be a hanging branch that you can't see from inside; that is why asking help from other personnel is necessary. Although it can be hard to stay patient in this situation, you have to wait patiently for help and avoid driving on your own during extreme weather. Keep yourself updated on what's going on by following the local news on your emergency radio or phone.
Schedule a Tree Removal Service
Once you are sure of your safety and you know the condition of your home and entire property, that's the time you should call a tree removal service. Don't attempt to clean up the area because there can be wirings that you don't notice that can harm you. A tree removal company will have the proper equipment necessary for removing the tree from your property, along with all the debris, and dangerous materials around.
Contact Your Insurance Company to Repair Property Damage
Make sure to contact your home insurance company for the repair of the damages in your property including your windows, roof, walls, and other parts of your house. Call them right away to begin the restoration process immediately. Don't let your home be exposed for too long because it can lead to other issues such as mold growth, pests, and water issues.
When arborists check an infected tree, they go through a process to find the cause of the problem, but sometimes when they're in a rush or just lazy, they miss the root cause of the disease and focus on the symptom instead. Treating the symptom instead of the "root cause" of the problem won't help the tree at all, and in the long run, you would end up spending more. Some arborists even advise for more expensive treatment without thoroughly diagnosing the tree, leaving the original cause to fester and grow instead of just directly treating it.
In some cases, arborists should not be seen as a tree doctor, but a stress manager for the tree. And the most common advice they give when it comes to sick or infected trees is: "avoid treating the symptoms, inspect and find the root cause of the problem, and treat that early."
Usually before all of this happens, the most susceptible trees are the ones that get stressed by something negatively affecting it. At times this could be prevented, a possible cause for the stress could be people. Trees more exposed to stress factors are prone to stress while healthy trees that grow in a healthy environment stay robust. So what is the best way to avoid stress? Step one, know what the stressors are and avoid all of it as best as you can. Here is a list of a few stressors worth avoiding:
Most of the factors in the list have one thing in common, and that is the soil. The soil is one of the crucial elements you have to consider when you want a healthy tree. So how do you keep the soil your tree grows on vigorous? The answer? A mulch ring. Now, what is a mulch ring? Is a given space around the tree that protects it from outside factors. In a study that compared seventeen fertilization methods, it suggests that a mulch ring is the best method to keep a tree healthy.
Below is a short guide to mulching your trees properly:
Call Birmingham Tree Service for any questions or concerns you may have about tree care.