Easy steps can help keep property safe from falling trees

August 08, 2018 06:39 PM

Major cleanup continues in many neighborhoods across the Capital Region from Tuesday's strong storms.

Massive trees were ripped right out of the ground, falling onto homes and power lines. Sometimes it's bad luck. Other times, there are things you can do to keep your property safe in severe weather.

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While you're never going to totally win when you're going up against Mother Nature, there are preventive measures you can take to give your property a fighting chance.

  • Get trees and limbs with visible defects - rot, mushrooms, browning and any splits - taken care of immediately.  They're more likely to come down in wind and rain.

  • Hire a tree service to take a look at your healthy trees. They will be able to prune and even assist with growth away from any structure.

  • Know your soil. The saturated ground is certainly a contributor. Clay holds on to water, sand drains quickly.

"There are these trees that are coming down in these high winds that you could never have predicted, that they would have come down, but there is lots of stuff that we see that can be prevented," explained Jason Krouse with All American Tree Services.

Recent Capital District storms have come one after the other, so many tree companies are swamped and not able to book new clients for up to six weeks. So it's important to create a relationship with a company before they become a necessity.

"You really just need to use who you can trust and who you feel comfortable with. You should have a tree service that you feel comfortable with using for emergencies like this and just for routine work," noted Krouse.

Your first call should probably be to your insurance company. Many have contracts with tree service companies and can get a crew to your house quicker.


Abigail Bleck

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