Storm Damage Tree Removal


When should you remove trees damaged from storms?

Weather is unavoidable, and no one knows if a storm will pass quietly or if it will leave lots of damage in its wake. Trees are especially susceptible to damage from storms because they’re taller (usually) than our homes and can catch wind between their branches. If you believe a tree on your property has been damaged in a storm, and may possibly need to be removed then here’s what you need to know.


Clear any small debris

While we do not recommend you try to remove the whole tree yourself, ever, if there are small branches laying around your yard or in your driveway then you can certainly clear those out of the way.


Call your insurance company

Most home insurance policies will actually cover the cost of removing a damaged tree, so take the time to make a phone call. You may need to start the process of filing a claim but depending on the work that needs to be done it could be well worth it. Take some time to look over your insurance policy or chat with your broker to determine the best course of action for the specific situation.


Call an arborist

Even if you did clean up the smaller debris caused by the storm, it’s important to have an arborist out to assess the tree(s) you are concerned about. Sometimes damaged is caused internally that isn’t visible to the naked eye and a professional will be able to determine if the tree needs to be removed. If the tree doesn’t need to be removed and it was just a few branches that fell then you have the security in knowing the trees on your property are safe.


If the tree does need to be removed, the arborist can work with you to make a plan to move ahead with removal. At this time, you can decide if you want to replant a tree or simply cover over the area. The arborist will go over all the options with you and explain everything so you are completely comfortable with what will happen.


Does the whole tree have to go?

If an arborist cuts down the tree, you will be left with a large stump on your property. Depending on the size of the tree, the roots could go pretty deep. To make sure they have done their job completely, it is recommended they grind down and/or remove the stump completely. This way you can open up space for a new tree or plant grass over the area.


Storms aren’t scheduled, nor is the damage they cause preventable. However you can try to be prepared for what might happen. If you think there’s a tree that might be an issue in a big storm, give us a call. We’re happy to come out and review any areas you’re unsure of. Our experience can help determine what could be an issue, and what is unlikely to cause problems.


Unsure if a storm has actually damaged a tree in your yard? Give Toronto Tree Removal a call at 647-792-4026 today and we will come out to take a look at your property.