A few weeks ago in Lusby, Maryland, a tree crashed through the roof of a home while the family was watching TV. In August, a tree fell onto a home in Lake Hickory, NC. Fortunately, these incidents resulted in no physical injuries, but the damage to those homes caused considerable expense. Unfortunately, this type of occurrence is fairly common and can result in the need for immediate action and storm clean up. Stein discusses how residents can help reduce the chance for winter tree damage to their homes and property.
The 2019 winter is just around the corner. Although winter temperatures may be warmer on average, residents should still be prepared for winter weather. Heavy snow or ice precipitation and windy storms could make the likelihood of vulnerable trees falling or branches being blown off of trees, higher. These events present a danger to people and property.
The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting that our area will have a slightly warmer than average December, with most snow occurring in mid- and late January and early February. AccuWeather is forecasting that January will be slightly colder than average. Before storm clean up becomes a necessity, residents still have time to get trees inspected, and to have any that are deemed likely threats for winter tree damage, especially those overhanging structures or power lines, removed.
Pruning and tree removal are often performed during autumn and winter due to dormancy. When trees are dormant and have no leaves, arborists and other tree care specialists can more easily identify threats, such as areas of rot or dead branches. Specialists can then thin out dead or weak branches. This thinning can reduce wind resistance so that when windstorms do come through, the wind can pass through the trees with less risk of damage. When winter trees damage surroundings, those trees likely need to be removed, and winter is a good time to do so. With frozen ground, any heavy equipment will have less of an impact on surrounding plant life.
Storm clean up can be as simple as picking up dead branches that have fallen during a storm. However, if those branches fall onto structures on a property, things can get messy, physically and financially. Insurance will usually only cover damaged structures, and sometimes this means that they only cover part of your actual expense.
One way to offset the remaining expense is to utilize Stein Tree Service’s TreeFall Program.
TreeFall is like an insurance policy: you pay upfront for potential problems, if winter tree damage necessitates storm clean up, you can save thousands of dollars on the cost.
If a branch or tree does fall onto your home or other structure or blocks your driveway or street, you will want to have tree removal performed as soon as possible for the sake of safety and convenience. Stein Tree Service offers emergency tree removal and storm clean up services for just such situations. For most local areas, we can arrive to evaluate within two hours. We will determine your needs and safely remove trees from impacted areas.
For your safety and convenience contact a professional if winter tree damage occurs. Stein Tree is fully licensed and insured, for your protection and for ours. Our expert tree care specialists are experienced in trimming trees for winter, removing trees, storm clean up, and other tree care services. Contact us today for information or a free consultation.
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