What's A Hazardous Tree, Anyway?
You'll often hear the advice to have hazardous trees removed. If a tree presents a hazard, then getting that tree out of your way makes a lot of sense. However, some people struggle to understand what a hazardous tree is. It is not just a tree that might kill or seriously injure someone. More broadly, it is a tree that has the potential to cause any kind of damage if left in place. Here are some more specific categories of hazardous trees that are often best removed.
Trees Overhanging Roofs
When roofers see a tree overhanging a roof, they often recommend that it be removed. There are a few reasons for this. First, in a storm, the tree could lose a branch, and that branch could fall on and damage the roof. Second, the tree's branches could sweep and scrape against the roof when the wind is blowing. This could cause the roof to lose granules, which puts it at risk for more extensive damage and leaks. In this case, it's your roof or the tree — and it's often best to remove the tree so your roof can thrive.
Trees Growing Towards Power Lines
Often, power line companies will come through and trim back trees near the lines every couple of years. You can let them go on doing this, but simply removing the tree they keep trimming back is often a better option. This way, if the power company doesn't get to the trimming on time, you won't have a tree growing into and potentially taking down your power lines. Knowing the tree is out of the way can give you peace during the next storm.
Trees You're Allergic To
Do you have a tree in your yard that causes you to sneeze, cough, or itch? This is a common reaction to cottonwood trees. Some people are also allergic to birch, oak, and pine trees. If a tree makes you feel unwell, it is a hazardous tree — hazardous to your health. It's totally okay to remove a tree you're allergic to, as doing so may reduce your number of symptomatic days and your reliance on allergy medications.
All of the trees mentioned above are hazardous, even though they may not kill you or cause serious harm. Talk to a tree care expert if you would like your tree removed for any reason. They're usually happy to oblige.
For more info, contact a local company like Accurate Tree Service & Stump Grinding, LLC.