Even while trees on your property might be lovely and offer much-needed summer shade, once a tree dies, it should be removed so that it won’t harm you, your neighbors, or anyone else. When determining what to do with a dead tree in your yard, consider the risks that dead trees may present.
The absence of nutrients and moisture from the roots causes the wood in a dead tree to become brittle and prone to breaking. From minor scrapes and bruises to fatalities, injuries brought on by falling branches or limbs can occur. If the dead tree is on your land and a branch or limb falls and injures someone,You might be liable for covering the injured party’s medical expenses as well as their pain and suffering.
Damage to Utility and Power Lines
Dead trees are prone to breaking, which could result in damage to neighboring power and utility lines if the tree were to lose a significant branch or limb or come down completely. You and many of your neighbors might experience power and utility outages, putting the elderly, those who rely on electric medical equipment, and other people in danger if they lose electricity. Furthermore, folks in your neighborhood could be put in even greater risk if telephone lines are broken since they could interfere with the 911 emergency phone systems.
Loss of Property
The harm that results if a dead tree or one of its limbs falls upon your home, car, or garage can be disastrous. It can cost tens of thousands of dollars or more to repair damage done to the property, in addition to potentially injuring humans and animals. You might be liable for the cost of repairing your neighbor’s property and any injuries that ensue if the tree were to fall into their land.
In order to avoid potential harm from a dead tree falling, some homeowner’s insurance policies may pay for its removal. Some insurance plans may not cover any harm brought on by dead tree falls. To learn what is and is not covered when it comes to dead trees and the potential harm they cause, check your insurance policy.
Symptoms and Signs
A tree may be in danger even if some of its leaves appears to be healthy, even though a completely dead tree is simple to spot.
Note whether or not any dead limbs or branches are still attached to the tree. Occasionally, branches from the top of the tree may break and fall into its lower branches, where they pose a risk of falling. If a dead branch or limb is large enough to injure someone, it should be cut off.
Deep fissures in the tree’s trunk or limbs, a weak place at the junction of two branches, apparent decay or cankers in the tree’s trunk or substantial limbs, and trees that lean too much to one side are all dangers.