6 signs your trees are not storm-ready

October 26th, 2015 by admin

Having trees on your property can enhance it, giving your house more shade or privacy, cleaning the air, and providing a source of natural beauty. Those same trees, however, can become a safety risk for your family and home during a storm. 

Wind, lightning, snow and ice can be vicious to even the most hearty trees, but unhealthy trees are in even greater danger of falling or breaking, which can do serious damage to your home. If you have trees on your property, it is important to inspect them regularly so that you can identify and cut down unsound trees before a storm brings them down on its own terms.

To spot trees that might be more easily compromised in a storm, look out for: 

  • Cracks in the trunk or major limbs
  • Signs of hollowing and decay
  • Mushrooms growing from the bark
  • Significant leaning to one side
  • Limbs in contact with power lines
  • Branches hanging over your house. 

If you find trees like these on your property, they could pose a risk the next time a storm rolls though. Before that can happen, consider pruning or remove the dead or damaged trees and limbs. When performing maintenance on the trees in your yard, please remember to make safety a priority. If you are unable to reach the parts of the tree you need to cut, contact a professional tree-care service or arborist to help you. 

Generally, healthy trees hold up better in extreme weather. To help strengthen the structure of the trees in your yard before a storm hits, keep them watered and fertilized, and be sure the soil around their roots is not at risk of eroding away in heavy downpours. 

To learn more about how you can protect your home and family with homeowners insurance, contact Fundy Mutual and speak with one of our qualified home insurance brokers today.