Tremendous pressure is put on trees, which can be dangerous when growing near houses or power lines, after severe weather, such as high winds, heavy rain and other such weather. Scattered all over you, or your neighbor’s property with the storms passing through the area include broken tree trunks and branches from the damage to your landscape. Many homeowners fall short and end up hurting themselves or others when it comes to safely cleaning up the destruction left behind. To clean up the mess and properly remove large broken tree limbs from the property, you need an expert that has the training and expertise. The basics of after storm damage tree cleanup is what we at Crecraft for Treecraft Tree Service would like to discuss today.
What are the Signs that a Tree is Going to Fall Over in a Storm?
Common post-storm eyesores left behind following a storm are uprooted trees, broken branches and stray debris. When the forecasts project a severe storm passing through, you can do some prevention by evaluating your landscape for potential hazards. Since even innocuous tree limbs can prove dangerous in bad weather so be thorough in your assessment. Trees are susceptible to weather damage and have early warning signs that are listed below.
1) By heaving soil at the tree base, an unsound root system is heaving is potentially indicated.
2) Fallen or uprooted trees exert pressure on other trees beneath them.
3) By a hollow or decayed area on the trunk or main limbs, or mushrooms growing from the bark, a decayed and weakened trunk is indicated.
4) Due to cracked stems and split branches, catastrophic tree failure can occur.
5) Damage or injury can happen with the higher branches that are dead or partially attached limbs hung up can fall.
6) When tree branches make contact with the wires, it is dangerous. Trees may become energized when they are contacted by electric wires.
Tree Debris Removal Clean-up Risks
No matter how much you prepare your trees for a storm, you will still find it necessary to clean up debris afterward. The clean-up work is something you may be tempted conduct yourself, however, this can be a dangerous undertaking. Homeowners should seek professional help, especially if the clean-up job requires the use of a chain saw or other dangerous tools. Common clean-up hazards are listed below.
1) Since overhead or nearby electrical wires create potential hazards, it limits tree cutting options, never work near power lines.
2) You should rely on trained experts since most chain saw work on large limbs or trees can be challenging and risky to prevent injuries. Unpredictable reactions occur with wood under tension.
3) When the trunk is cut from a fallen tree, the uprooted root plates or root ball releases the pressure holding the root plate as it is unstable. The roots are still anchored and may have enough tension to pull the stump and root ball back into the hole.
4) Slopes and uneven footing surfaces are dangerous while operating a chain saw.
5) You can bury the saw bar in the dirt and hit hidden obstacles from the chain can saw kickback from cutting branches on the ground.