Tree Damage & Prevention FAQs

Q: How should I approach a tree entangled in wires?

Don’t. Trees may become energized when they are contacted by electric wires. Contact your power company, and they will arrange to have the debris safely removed.

Q: How do I determine if my tree is “at-risk”?

There are many factors that put a tree at risk. Contact with electric wires, dead or dangling limbs, cracks, decay, peeling bark, and gaping wounds are all indicative of an unstable tree. A professional arborist can catalogue these risks, as well as identify defects invisible to the untrained eye.

Q: How do I help an “at-risk” tree?

Many trees which suffer from weak branches unions or other defects can be helped by strategic pruning, bracing or cabling. Contact a professional arborist to ensure you are effectively mitigating the risks.

Q: Will my insurance cover damage caused by a tree?

It depends on the circumstances and the insurance provider. Many home insurance policies can help defray the costs incurred by tree damage and removal. Check with your provider to confirm your coverage.

Q: I heard storm damaged trees may entitle me to a federal tax deduction. Is this true?

Maybe! If your homeowner insurance property doesn’t cover the damage, check with your tax advisor to see if you are eligible for a deduction. Or, click here to read a detailed guideline on the topic from the IRS.

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2 thoughts on “Tree Damage & Prevention FAQs

  • November 1, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Tree Risk Assesment is a Qualification given to a Certified Arborist who has the background required to take the course and can then pass the 2 exams. Tree Risk Assesment is now a standardized process internationally. Only qualified individuals should perform tree risk assesment or loanility issues could surface. Don’t trust the opinion of a non-qualified individual there are many factors involved in the process.

  • March 17, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    I agree that you should learn to identify at-risk trees. One of the best ways to do this is to look for weak branches. I think that it is important to work with professionals to ensure that everything is being taken care of properly.


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