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Storm Damage in Oak Hill

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage in Oak Hill Stand back and look at the balance of a potentially hazardous tree -- is it leaning or lopsided?

Oak Hill Storm Damage 

According to the National Weather Service, of all storm fatalities, deaths from flooding, winds, rip currents, and the cold has risen over that of the ten-year average. Storm damage is an umbrella term that covers damage from flooding, flash floods, high wind, debris, lightning, tornadoes, hurricanes, winter storms, thunderstorms, and other natural weather events.

Storm damage in Oak Hill can get nasty quick. Living in such a prime region of the U.S. has its benefits such as lovely scenery during the fall season, but it can have its less desirable aspects as well, such as storm damage from the variety of storm events that occur in Tennessee. No matter how your home is damaged from a storm, SERVPRO is prepared to respond to your emergency with best practices, advanced gear, and the goal to ease your mind and get you back into your home as soon as possible.

Understanding the Hazards of Felled Trees After a Storm
Tennessee is home of some of the most beautiful treescapes in the U.S., but it is also home to a region of the U.S. that sees regular storms, flooding, tornadoes, and even hurricanes that come from the South and East Coast. The result of regular severe storms and flooding means that trees can fall anywhere at any time.

Lightning, flash flooding, high winds, and landslides can cause hundreds of trees to fall and put your life at risk. While you cannot avoid fallen trees on roadways post-storm, there are things you can do to prevent a large tree from falling onto your home, car(s), or even yourself on your property.

Recognizing and Preventing Tree Hazards
A hazardous tree will have structural defects that can cause a portion of the tree to fall on your home or person. You can see this in trees that are partially dead and hanging over your home. Even if the dead portion of the tree is not directly over your home, the tree is still compromised, and a severe storm can uproot it and cause severe damage.

It is important to look for signs of decay and weaknesses in your trees. Some clues that a tree is experiencing internal decay are cavities, cankers (disfigurations), and fungi growing on the trunk. Unknown to most people, forked trunks are a sign of potential weakness, especially if one side is growing outward rather than upwards. Prone to infection and weakening, you can avoid this tree from becoming a hazard on your property by using cables/braces to correct and strengthen the tree, or having it extracted.

Stand back and look at the balance of a potentially hazardous tree -- is it leaning or lopsided? This could indicate breakage and a lack of support. Are there cracks in the wound or lightening scars? This can turn into a larger problem and cause breakage in a strong thunderstorm, tropical storm, or flood.

Contact Us

Contact SERVPRO of South Nashville at (615) 331-0200. No matter what type of storm damage your home has been affected by, you can count on our specialists to respond to your emergency.