Cleaning Up after the Storm Passes

Posted on: 11 September 2015

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Hurricanes, tornadoes and other storm conditions with high winds can pose a major threat to life, limb, and wallet. Although making it through the storm with your life is great, recovering from the damage is no small task. As you assess the damages, take the time to understand a few services that could make the transition to recovery easier.

Clearing Out Dangerous Damage

Flying debris and damaged terrain can create a lot of risk to you or your family if not attended to. Weakened walls, damaged power poles, and storm-ravaged trees could give way at any moment, so it's in your best interests to attend to the damage yourself or call the services needed to get the job done. 

Downed power lines needed to be recovered by the power company only. Except for extreme situations in rural areas, there's no reason for a non-utility company employee to touch the electrical systems. The power line isn't the only electrified part of the area; with enough power, electricity can easily reach out into other wet areas that may not be visible. Tall grass and other fallen objects can mask water that could electrocute anyone without proper equipment, so simply contact the power utility company.

If flying debris are sharp or made of dangerous materials, the city should be contacted for proper disposal. Avoid touching sharp edges or seemingly rusted objects, as the risk of getting rid of these objects isn't worth serious injury or disease.

Fallen trees are closer to your responsibility. If a tree is not in your yard, you can still move small limbs and other debris out of the way to make your travels safe and as a service to others. If it's too much work, contact the city or county public works department.

Understanding Your Options for Tree and Stump Removal

Trees on your property are completely your responsibility. If you're lucky, city maintenance people may be able to pick up heavy trees that have already fallen near the road, or they may pick up your debris if you can collect them neatly enough for the workers. If there's a tree that's obviously in your yard and you can't easily remove it, there are services available.

First, is the tree fallen or still upright? If the tree is fallen, tree removal professionals can simply cut the tree into more manageable pieces to move later. If the tree is still standing, but damaged to the point that it or its limbs may fall, the tree removal professionals can perform different types of cuts.

Specific limbs can be cut, or the entire tree can be removed. It's not as simple as chopping down a tree, since the tree may fall on the home, on a car, or on the person chopping. Even after chopping, there's the issue of removing the stump. Stumps can be an eyesore and take up a part of your yard that was once shaded by a beautiful tree.

Contact a stump removal professional to manage tree and stump removal, and make sure to stay away from any damaged trees for your own safety.