In the state of Maine, we can expect severe Tropical storms and Hurricanes starting in May and going through November. As many know, both tropical storms and hurricanes can be deadly, even “post hurricane stages” can produce 75 mph winds that can cause power outages, trees falling and more. Post hurricane stages can also unleash inland flooding as the storm surges closer and closer. Due to Maine’s extended stormy season it is important for homeowners to pay close attention to their surroundings and namely their trees. Pre-storm tree inspection is a very important component in the state of Maine. 207 Tree Service would like to share why pre-storm tree inspections are important and how they can help prevent thousands of dollars’ worth of damage and even save lives.
Benefits of Pre-Storm Tree Evaluations
The primary element of a tropical storm or hurricane is intense winds, rain and lightning, all which can have a major effect on trees. Trees that get hit by lightning that are dying or dead can catch fire very easily. The fires can get very hot and spread. If close to your home, the home itself can also catch fire. Flooding can push trees over especially those with weak root systems or trees that are damaged. Intense winds is one of the many concerns for homeowners. More often than not, trees will fall or large branches will break and fall on a home. Bigger trees are capable of cutting through a home all the way down to its foundation. Trees can pose a serious threat to a home and those inside. This is why it is so important that trees are inspected at least once a year. As the state of Maine is a hot spot for tropical storms, hurricanes, and is even known to have on average of two tornadoes a year, it is recommended to have trees inspected before the stormy season begins. However, it is never too late in the season for tree inspections, especially when a known storm may be rolling into town.
What Do Tree Health Professionals Look For?
During a pre-storm tree inspection a tree professional will look for a number of different signs of tree distress. It is important that trees are thoroughly inspected to ensure they are not a major threat to the home or household. When inspecting a tree, the professional will first look for signs of fungal growth. Fungal growth can come in a variety of forms. Some fungal spores look like a black powder or mushroom like growth that comes out of the tree trunk. These can vary in color. Some fungal growth is found on leaves of the tree and look like tiny mushrooms that are pink or orange in color. Another type of tree distress is damage to the tree’s trunk. Cracks in the tree trunk are a major sign the tree is weak and can fall or break during the next major storm. Other types of damage that a tree professional will look for are those created by pests. Some pests will strip the bark of the tree. Some pests dig tiny or large holes right into the trunk of the tree. Trunk or major branch damage is a problem and one that needs dealing with before the next storm. Lastly, a tree professional will check the soil around the tree for changes or signs the tree is uprooting.
Pre-Storm Tree Health Inspections & More in Gorham, Lewiston, Brunswick, Saco, Cape Elizabeth & Greater Portland, Maine
When a tree is found to be a possible threat to the home, often the tree will need pruning of the compromised branch or total tree removal. For a pre-storm tree inspection, trimming or removal services, contact 207 Tree Service.