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As arborists, we know the benefits and joys of growing trees on one’s property. The beauty they provide, the wildlife they attract, and the shelter they produce help to make your landscape feel like home. But trees come with potential hazards: they may rot, lose stability, or blow over during a storm. And should any of those things happen, you may be liable for the damage caused.

If you worry about the condition of your trees, contact Timber Works Tree Care. We inspect your trees and trim off any unsafe or damaged limbs, thus preserving the tree as a whole. Our professional tree removal service can quickly and safely remove rotted or damaged trees. In doing so, our team protects clients’ properties and homes. Plus, we offer 24/7 emergency tree removal to help keep our community and its citizens safe. Our residential and commercial services are available now in Winchester and throughout Northern Virginia. 

Below, we describe some signs and symptoms that indicate a need for tree removal:

Endangering Structures and/or Utilities

As our suburbs continue to expand, so too does the need for buildings and power lines. Likewise, trees require ample room to grow. These demands create conflicts over space wherein one wayward branch or trunk can cause serious damage. 

For instance, a significant danger lies in a stray limb contacting a power line. Thus, any tree near or under such lines will need annual trimming or removal. Even worse, a branch could bring down a power line and cause a power outage and electrocution hazard.

In the same vein, trees standing near structures (including houses or commercial buildings) present persistent danger. As the tree limbs grow, they become hazardous during high winds and powerful storms. Also, should the tree rot, it may fall unexpectedly. 

Signs of Infection, Rot, and Decay

As living things, trees can be healthy or unhealthy. Fungi, pests, and diseases can cause rot and, over time, bring down even the mightiest oaks and chestnuts. But if it’s caught early, disease or rot can be contained. With proper trimming, the tree might even recover. 

Just like other living organisms, diseased trees exhibit symptoms. So, during an inspection, a Timber Works expert will first examine if a tree looks healthy: has it noticeably grown in the recent past? Is the bark peeling, discolored, or rotting? Is the wood underneath soft and/or crumbly?

Other, more distinct, symptoms or common signs include the presence of large, dead branches (which can unexpectedly break and fall). Also, a trunk may crack and its “wound” may ooze, which indicates internal decay. And if pests have infested the tree, their emergence holes will be visible on the trunk. 

Storm and Physical Damage

The most visible agents of tree damage are storms and collisions (such as from a car). These may cause a slow or a quick death. A great gust may tip a tree over one night, or an impact wound may create rot and infection. Either way, a damaged tree calls for proper management. 

Since they’re in a weakened state, storm-damaged trees pose diverse dangers. If they haven’t fallen already, such trees are at an increased risk for doing so. We recommend calling our 24/7 emergency removal services

Also, damaged trees that survive a collision may suffer from deadwood. Deadwood is just a patch of trunk or branch that has died, even though the rest of the tree lives on. But such a wound exposes the tree’s sensitive interior and can cause it to rot.

Timber Works: Fast, Efficient Tree Removal Services in Winchester, VA

Whether you want a simple tree inspection or need one removed entirely from your property, turn to your local pros at Timber Works Tree Care. Our affordable tree removal service is available in Winchester and throughout Northern Virginia. We also offer land clearing, stump grinding, mulching, and 24/7 emergency removal services. Call us today at (540) 692-9606 or fill out our form online for a free estimate!

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