We hope you never have to worry about a tree falling on your home. One way to ensure you don’t is to have Gordon Pro Tree Service inspect your trees regularly for damage. We can stop trouble before it starts and remove branches and whole trees that are at risk of falling. However, when a tree falls on your house you should take immediate action. Should you have a tree or tree branch fall on your home, however, here’s what you should do.
What To Do When a Tree Falls On Your House
The minute you hear the tree impact your home, carefully check for hazards. If the tree has taken down power lines or caused other damage that is dangerous to you, your family, your home, and the surrounding areas, call 9-1-1 and the appropriate companies. For example, if the tree did take down power lines with it, call the electric company immediately so they can send a technician out. If you smell skunk or rotten eggs, the tree roots may have damaged underground gas lines. Shut off the gas into your home at the main line and call the gas company’s emergency line.
Assess Your Home’s Damage
Again, very, very carefully assess the damage to your home. Did the tree break any windows or damage your roof? Is there a chance the tree will make its way further into your home? If your home is damaged severely, carefully get everyone out, including your pets, and take them to a safe place, such as a friend or family member’s home. If the damage is minor, such as scrapes along the side of your home that don’t appear to have pushed through the wall, call a professional tree service and contractor. Take photos of the damage to properly document it. If it’s dangerous for you to snap the photos, let the professionals take them while they prepare an estimate to remove the tree and fix your home.
Call Your Insurance Company
As soon as a tree falls on your home it is important to call your home insurance carrier to let them know what happened. If your policy covers tree damage, an adjuster will come out to inspect the damage and start your claim. If your policy doesn’t cover tree damage, you will have to pay for the tree removal and repairs yourself. Remember, not all insurance policies cover what they call “Acts of God,” which means if the tree was blown over by a severe windstorm or other natural phenomena, your damages will not be covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy. Don’t agree to tree removal and construction charges until you know what your insurance company is going to do.
When a Tree Falls On Your House You Need Gordon Pro Tree Service
Call Gordon Pro Tree Service in Buford, GA, to get started on tree removal if a tree has fallen on your home and your insurance company has processed your claim. Our number is 770-282-1616.