Trees are a beautiful addition to any property. Very large, old trees, however, can become a hazard to your roof if they fall. When it comes to dealing with fallen trees, the best method is prevention. There are certain danger signs that signal an impending fallen tree and there are actions you can take to prevent this from happening. This is an especially important topic now as winter approaches and trees become extra heavy with ice and snow, making them more susceptible to falling.
Below are three common danger signs of a fallen tree:
Multiple trunks: Trees with multiple U-shaped trunks may develop cracks and other signs of weakness. Inspect in between the trunks for such cracks, which become even more stressed during heavy rains, storms, and snow, which can actually cause the tree to split down the center. If your tree looks at risk, hire an arborist who can attach cables and braces between the multiple trunks to strengthen them.
Construction stress: When the landscaping around a tree changes, this can cause stress to the tree. Work that is particular stressful to trees include digging up utility lines and adding paved areas to your property. When a tree becomes stressed, its leaves begin to wilt, change color sooner, and flower out of season. To prevent this from happening, it is recommended that you create a perimeter around each tree that you avoid when engaging in construction work so as to protect its root system.
Leaning: Very rarely is a tree perfectly straight. However, when trees begin to lean excessively and look as if they may topple over, it is time to take action. Look for exposed roots or cracked soil at the base of the tree. These are serious signs that the tree will fall and a signal to you to call someone who can safely remove the tree from your property.
If you spot any of these warning signs, take action now to prevent future roof and property damage later.