Storm Series #1: How to Prevent Storm Damage

Watching the colors shift on the weather radar can feel as inevitable as watching a splintered tree limb crash towards your car. But just because a storm is coming doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do. Protect your yard, your property, and your home by preparing trees for storms to minimize damage.

What Causes Storm Damage?

The most common culprit of storm damage is trees. Storms can uproot trees and damage trunks or branches, which crash to the earth with no regard for what (or who) is in their way. The most common types of storm damage include:

  • tree fallen on carBlow-over: Heavy wind and rain can cause trees to lean or topple
  • Branch failure: When a storm damages the structural integrity of a tree limb, it can break, falling to the ground or becoming trapped in the canopy
  • Crown twist: Gale force winds can cause the canopy of an asymmetrical tree to warp, twisting or breaking exposed branches
  • Root failure: When roots are not anchored deeply enough in the soil, torrential rain can strip away their foundation, leading to an increased risk of blow-over

Look for Potential Tree Hazards

Storms can cause all kinds of damage, splintering, toppling, or structurally damaging the trees on your property. This can lead to thousands of dollars worth of property damage if a tree falls into the yard, house, or nearby power lines. But by paying close attention to the health of your trees, you can minimize the detritus of summer’s next storm. Walk around your property regularly, looking for potential tree hazards that a storm could turn into some serious damage.

  • Cracks in tree trunks or major branches
  • Branches leaning over the roof or near power lines
  • Hollow and decaying trees
  • Trees with a visible lean
  • Anything in close proximity to utility lines or major structures
  • Shelf-like fungus or mushrooms

Many of these hazards are signs of heart rot in trees, while others may be remnants of past storm damage or signs that the tree is buckling under its own weight. Ignoring tree damage—even damage that seems minimal to the naked eye—can cause trouble down the road. Take proper preventative measures to protect your property from tree damage.

Preventative Steps to Limit Storm Damage

For smaller problems like removing damaged limbs, homeowners can often tackle tree troubles on their own. For larger problems that affect entire trees, contact a qualified tree removal specialist to ensure the tree is removed safely and efficiently. You can prevent possible storm damage by:

  • Removing dead, diseased, or damaged limbs
  • Pruning branches that are growing close to the house, power lines, or street
  • Checking gutters and removing debris to prevent water damage
  • Calling Mr. Tree and Lawn Service to inspect trees with large cavities and determine whether they need to be removed
  • Contacting a professional to remove trees that grow in close proximity to the home, utility lines, or walkways and driveways

Mr. Tree offers 24-hour emergency tree removal services in Gainesville. Don’t relinquish the safety of your property to the whims of upcoming storms. Be proactive and minimize property damage.