Trees remain constants in our lives for many, many years. We often pay little thought to them but sometimes trees experience problems that we can’t ignore. When this happens you might be wondering on the severity of the issue. Sometimes it might be unclear if there is an issue with the tree, but something doesn’t seem quite right. How safe will the tree be if you leave it, it may have held up for years if not decades, but there are many situations where a tree can be unpredictable and call, posing a risk to you, your neighbors and your property.
Should you call a licensed arborist or tree removal specialist now?
Here are some situations that might call for an emergency tree removal service:
1. The Tree is a Threat to People or Property
Is the tree or a branch leaning dangerously close to your house, conservatory, a car or other parts of your property? Maybe branches have already landed on top of a car or fallen over. If branches have cracked or are leaning have the tree checked immediately. If a tree has been leaning for a while it may not appear an immediate concern, however, trees that are suddenly leaning, cracked or uprooted should not be ignored. Do not wait until something happens, a certified arborist can advise you on the safety of your leaning tree and the immediacy for removal or care. If you are concerned, make the call.
2. The tree is storm stricken
Storm damage isn’t always apparent when it comes to trees. While it may appear to be structurally fine, a storm stricken tree can be unpredictable and a hazard if not made safe or removed (if necessary). By calling an emergency tree service a professional can advise you on any potential hazards and what action you should take.
3. The tree is blocking roads or paths
If you find a tree has fallen onto a path or road don’t wait around, call a 24-hour emergency service to remove the obstruction.
4. The tree is across a power line
Trees and power cables are not a good mix, posing a serious electrical hazard and significant potential damage. Call a professional immediately if the tree is close to or tangled in power lines in any way.
5. The tree is looking diseased
Trees that are diseased can weaken and fall at any time. Trees can become infected from a variety of sources: insects, air pollution, closeness to other diseased trees etc.. Know the signs of a diseased tree so you can call a tree professional for a quick assessment.
- Leaning or drooping
- Dead branches
- Spotted, yellowed or wilted leaves
- Drooping branches/leaves
- Holes in bark or leaves
- Lumpy/spherical growths
- Hollow pits (cankers)
A sick tree may not be entirely clear from the outside; sometimes they are slowly killed from the inside as fungi, viruses and pests enter wounds in the tree. Be vigilant for signs of disease and take action when you think something isn’t right.
6. Never attempt to remove a tree yourself
Fallen trees can be unpredictable, unstable and a serious hazard. It’s why professional arborists and tree care specialists must be licensed and insured to operate. Do not attempt to cut, touch or climb up the tree as this may cause it to shift or fall unpredictably.