How to Tell if Your Tree Poses a Hazard to Your Property

When a tree is affected by certain external elements, it can become a serious hazard to your property, family, and home. Most often, your tree will send distress signals before toppling over or breaking apart. Below are some of the most common tree hazards to look out for, as well as what you can do to help protect yourself and your property from tree damage.

  • Cracks: When you notice cracks or split wood on your tree, it may be a sign of failing tree health. If the crack is large and extends deep within the tree trunk, it may be best to remove the tree entirely. Depending upon how big the tree is and how serious the crack, cabling may be an option as well.
  • Decay: If you notice that your tree is beginning to feel soft or spongey, or is growing a cavity, you may need to remove the tree. Decay can cause a tree to fall apart and damage your property. Other signs of decay are mushrooms or fungi growing on the trunk.
  • Dead wood: Dead branches on trees should be dealt with immediately because the tree can fall unexpectedly and cause extensive damage to your property.
  • Root problems: Root damage may be more difficult to detect, however be aware for certain activities that can cause root damage. Parking vehicles on tree roots can compact soil, and paving concrete over tree roots can cut off oxygen. Be mindful of activity taking place around tree roots.

To help protect yourself and your property, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are there large dead branches in your tree?
  • Are there a number of detached branches hanging in your tree?
  • Do you notice cavities or rotten spots along the trunk?
  • Is there splitting or cracking along major branches?
  • Has the tree developed a lean to any side?
  • Are a number of large branches sprawling over your home?
  • Are the leaves developing an unusual color?
  • Is the entire tree itself dead?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, give us a call today and we can inspect your property to ensure your tree doesn’t pose a hazard!