Storms are mother nature’s way of asserting her authority, and they can often cause damage along the way. As loud as they are, they are also harsh on property and trees in particular. Trees are tough by design, but even the most robust tree can fall victim to a violent storm. Some trees may even be ripped up from their roots and tossed in nearby homes or cars. If you are wondering what to do if a tree falls on your home during or after a storm, Five Star Tree Services can help you with our Richmond Hill Storm Tree Services.
Handling A Tree That Falls On Your Home
The first thing to do is to make sure everyone in your home is safe. Depending on the storm and where the tree fell, you may need to evacuate. If the storm is still too strong for travel, move to a safe part of your home until it passes. The next step that must be taken is to call a tree care or tree removal service right away. In the event that power lines were brought down along with the tree, call the police or emergency services ASAP, as this damage can cause a fire or worse. If possible, turn off the main line of power to your home, or call your utility company to do it for you. It is a good idea to turn off the gas in your home as well, because the tree may have disrupted the lines under your house.
Setting Up Emergency Tree Removal
In this instance, contact a tree removal company that offers emergency service. Most emergency tree removal services are able to come out within a few hours to evaluate the damage and even remove the tree. Once the tree has been removed, you will need to contact a roofing company or home repair service to fix the damage. If any windows were broken, it is a good idea to cover them with boards or have a handyman patch the holes to prevent further environmental damage. Depending on the severity of the destruction, you may even need to find alternative housing until your home is properly repaired.
Record The Damage
Most home insurance plans cover damage from storms including trees falling into your house. It is important to make a record of the damage and call a claims adjuster out to view the problem firsthand. Take pictures and video of the tree prior to having it removed as well as after the tree has been taken away. Your construction company or roofer can also give you a repair estimate that you can forward to your insurance company along with the proof of damage. Keep in mind that damage from cutting down a tree on your own won’t be covered, but storm damage will.
Expert Tree Removal From Five Star Tree Services
We understand how hard it can be to lose a tree as well as how frustrating it can be to deal with storm damage to your home. If you are in need of urgent tree removal due to a storm, or if a tree has fallen on your home for any other reason, we can help. Give us a call at (416) 990-3355 to get in touch with our emergency tree removal service today.