Responding to the Emergency
Part of the joy of being a homeowner is getting to enjoy a place you call “home” day in and day out. Between upkeep, honey-do lists, and emergencies, home living isn’t always as it looks in magazines. Unfortunately, the risk of a tree falling on your house is a reality that you may or may not have to deal with. If that disappointing situation ever were to happen, you should know how to respond. Our tree removal services specialists have listed out the most important steps to take if a tree were to fall on your house.
Steps to Take After a Tree Falls on Your House
1. Make Sure Everyone is Safe
The top priority is of course to check if everyone is safe and well. We know this is just instinct and is the first thing you’ll think of in the moment. Consider some other safety hazards such as down powerlines and your pets’ areas that may have been compromised in any way. Ensure that your family is in a safe place in the wake of a tree’s falling.
2. Protect Your Home
You’d of course love your home to be fixed as quickly as possible so you can resume your everyday life—that may not be reality though. Actually, you might have to resort to covering your roof with a tarp for a few days and protect certain items in your home like furniture and valuables so they’re out of harm’s way. Consider temporary fixes that will keep your home safe and in good condition while you schedule a contractor to make the necessary repairs to your home.
3. Talk with Your Insurance Company
No matter how you slice it, this incident is going to be an investment on your end—whether through money or your time. Make the situation as streamlined as possible by contacting your insurance company and coordinating with them while you figure out the next steps. They will be incredibly resourceful in managing claims and making the process less of a headache for you. Details that make a difference such as whether the tree was on yours or your neighbor’s property can be ironed out during this process.
4. Research Tree Removal Companies
While repairing your home is of course a priority, this is an important time to research tree removal companies. As a part of their job, a reputable and quality tree removal company will use special equipment and methods to not damage your yard while also doing their part in cleaning up to make sure your property is left in great condition—given the circumstances.
5. Inspect Other Trees
Doesn’t it seem like when one lightbulb in your house goes out, they all burn out? While we’re not willing to say when one tree falls, they all fall, it’s still a wise decision to inspect the other trees in your yard after one tree falls. Whether inclement weather or pre-existing damage caused the fall, you need to check the rest of your yard to minimize this possibility going forward. Consult with an arborist for a professional, thorough, and accurate inspection.
Rely on the Pros
No one wants to be in this situation, but Trees of Georgia is here for you when you need us. Count on us to offer quality services at a price point that is easy on the wallet. For a free estimate on tree removal services, reach out to Trees of Georgia today at (770) 882-4955 or by filling out the contact form on our website.