Having trees around your home is nice. They provide fresh air and shade, and they look great. However, nature knows no boundaries, and this can sometimes mean your tree won’t “respect” your home.
At times, it can be quite dangerous to have a tree too close to man-made structures.
Trees vs. Homes
Typically, trees and buildings come to grief most often due to falling branches that damage gutters or roofs. It’s an easy fix since all you need to do is to cut a few branches.
Some other processes may be slightly more complicated to resolve.
For example, expanding roots can lift pavements and building foundations, and can often find their way into drains, causing expensive blockages and flooding.
Left unchecked, root invasion can cause building collapse, unsafe paths and roads, and underground water chaos.
“Tree roots on a building site can pose several problems”, says Mark of Mark Lawler Architects. If the roots remain in situ they will rot and will eventually give some ground subsidence which can cause structural movement cracks in the building. These cracks can be difficult and expensive to repair.
The other danger with tree roots can be the presence of termites. If termites are active in the roots they can spread to the building, and if undetected, cause severe structural damage eating away the support timbers in floors, walls and roofs.
All large roots and tree stumps on a site should be removed prior to construction and any resulting holes or excavation filled with thoroughly compacted, stable fill.”
Another tree problem is termites, and if they make their home in a tree, there’s little to stop them spreading their empire to your house too.
Termites decrease the stability of an object and compromise strength if they attack the supporting timbers.
To avoid any of these problems, it’s vital to act promptly and remove any potentially dangerous trees from around your home.
How To Remove The Tree
Tree removal is a process that requires time and patience. It’s unwise to just take an axe or a chainsaw and fell the troublemaker. Though you can do that, you’re risking more damage to your home than to the tree or termites.
Tree removal needs planning and preparation, and it’s highly advisable to seek professional advice from an arborist who can provide you with precise directions and guidance.
With a full inspection and report from your arborist, you can begin the process of preparing to fell that tree of yours.
Down It Goes In Five Steps
If the tree is decayed, stab the trunk with a hard metal object to determine the scope of the rot.
Then, using a chainsaw, remove the lower branches. For larger limbs, tie a rope to secure them as you cut them off one at the time. Then, slowly lower them to the ground with the rope.
Keep your mind on the job at hand as wayward tree branches can kill you. To avoid any accidents, take your time, and have short, regular breaks to clear your mind and regain your strength
Once you’ve finished removing all the limbs you can start on the trunk.
With safety as your highest priority, slowly cut the top of the tree into small sections. Use the necessary gear, including strong ropes, hand and eye protection, and a harness if working up high.
Think carefully about the direction the logs will fall or swing once they’re cut, and be sure you’re not in their way.
When all you have left is the stump, use your chainsaw to trim it flush and level with the ground to avoid having to remove it and the root system from the ground.
If you decide that stump and root removal is necessary, you’re going to need to hire professionals.
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