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How to Respond When a Tree Falls on Your House

How to Respond When a Tree Falls on Your House | California State Restoration

Living in a neighborhood with a lot of beautiful trees is a wonderful; thing. But, if a big tree falls on your house for whatever reason, it is not so wonderful. The two most common reason trees fall are root damage and weather.

At California State Restoration Services in Santa Rosa, CA, we often encounter this scenario, so we’re skilled on how to respond and alleviate any issues associated to it.

Trees whose roots have been weakened by root rot, or damaged by construction or ground compaction can become unstable—especially in the summer months when the canopy is heavy with leaves and the soil may loosen from heavy rain.

In some cases, the tree may have shallow roots due to compacted soil or because it’s normal for that tree species. But even a tree with healthy roots can fall due to saturated ground and high winds or lightning.

The worst-case scenario is a hurricane or tornado, but trees can also fall after several days of rain combined with straight-line winds. Keeping your trees’ roots healthy can prevent most disasters, but not all. So, what should you do if the worst happens?

Evacuate the House

Hopefully, you’ve made a disaster preparedness plan and you’ve practiced your evacuation before a storm occurs. If a tree or one of its large limbs crashes through the roof, first make sure all the occupants are safe. Check in with everyone—including your pets—then get out of the house as quickly and safely as possible. Make sure you have a “go bag” prepared or you take items you’ll need like cash, car keys, important documents and, if possible, a change of clothes. Once you know everyone is safe, call 911 so the fire department can help you secure your premises. Although it may be tempting, make sure you:

Don’t climb onto your roof. Don’t climb onto the fallen tree. Don’t touch

Contact an Arborist

As soon as the storms are over, schedule a visit from a certified arborist. They’re knowledgeable when it comes to tree removal and have the experience necessary to get the job done right. They can also coordinate the tree removal with your contractor and other qualified professionals to make sure everything is done correctly. If a large limb caused the damage, they’ll prune the damage done by the falling branch and make sure the tree is stable and isn’t uneven or too heavy on one side.

About California State Restoration Services

Serving Napa, Marin, and Sonoma Counties with 24/7 Emergency Services, California State Restoration Services in Santa Rosa, CA performs every aspect of disaster restoration. For all your water, fire, storm, and mold damage needs, as well as for sewage and biohazard cleanups, California State Restoration Services is a one-stop company that is known for quality work and a professional approach to everything we do. We have grown steadily over the years because we make customer service a #1 priority and are always looking for viable and affordable solutions.

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