When storms come raging, like they’ve recently been doing in Central Texas, there are things to watch out for. After the storm, you should assess the damage to your yard, particularly your trees. Storm damage is common. In this article, we’ll tell you what you should watch out for when it comes to storm damage so that you know when to call us at Austin Tree Service, Inc. We take storm damage very seriously and so should you.
Most storm damage occurs when trees or limbs fall. High winds can cause tree roots to fail and branches to weaken. Sometimes property damage occurs. At other times, trees become intermingled with overhead or downed utility lines. You should NOT try to remove limbs in this situation. If there isn’t any danger from power lines, you should remove trees or limbs that have fallen on your home or are blocking access. It’s wise to look at your trees to see if there are any limbs up there that could still drop.
If there isn’t an immediate safety risk, you can take your time to assess the damage and determine which trees need to be cut and which need to be removed if necessary. Don’t take on more than your skill level allows. The truth is that it’s best to call an expert like Austin Tree Service, Inc. We have a professional arborist on staff who can assess your trees and tell you what needs to be done to restore them to health.
You should not try to do it all yourself even if you believe you can. Anything not on the ground, should definitely be handled by a professional as well as anything stuck in a power line. Some reasons you need a professional include, but are not limited to:
- Large limbs are broken or hanging overhead chainsaw work is needed.
- The tree is uprooted or downed. This can create pressure points and tension. A chainsaw operator could find himself or herself in serious danger if attempting to cut a limb or trunk that is under pressure. It could have a catapult-like reaction.
- If branches are close to utility lines, call your utility company. You should never attempt to move a downed utility line.
- There are any tasks to do that you are not trained to do or equipped to do. If there’s anything that makes you uncomfortable, you should contact a professional.
Remember, storm damage is natural. It happens. The best thing you can do is to assess the damage and contact an arborist like the one we have on staff at Austin Tree Service, Inc. We will do our best to come out quickly and make an assessment and give you the best course of action to take to prevent further damage to your home and your trees. Give us a call at 512-341-8888. We’re here to help.