Tree Risk Assessment: A Closer Look
At SB Tree Service, our team of tree experts makes it a point to carry out all of our operations safely and to a high degree of quality. Because it doesn’t matter if you get the job done quickly if you put the client, their family, or their property at risk.
We assess any and all risk levels, to gauge whether a tree poses a potential risk. Because trees are organic things that grow in completely unique ways, it’s hard to predict the way one might fall or come apart once it’s cut down. Understanding these risks is a big part of mitigating any potential damages. This has to be a top priority in order for us to do our job properly, so let’s take a closer look at the process and how it can benefit you.
When a registered professional carries out a complete risk assessment on your tree, they’ll start with a visual assessment. They’ll scan the area, either on foot or from a vehicle, making notes on the tree in question as well as the vegetation around it.
Next, we’ll get up close with the tree and look for any visible defects that could contribute to a risky fall. We’ll probe the tree for any weak points, cavities or issues, and derive an assessment from there.
When a tree is confirmed as posing an extreme risk, we conduct an assessment of the roots, stem, and crown to glean more information. This is a comprehensive appraisal of the tree and can be carried out by climbing the upper branches or digging into the roots.
Our professional will look out for any combination of factors that might indicate a potential future failure. Cracking, splitting or heaving around the base of the tree. Fungi signifying rot, or rotten roots. A buried collar, and heavily compacted soil. These are all tell-tale signs, and just around the base of the tree itself.
Moving up to the trunk, we’ll look out for peeling bark and cracks in the surface, any significant leaning, and damage from insects (exit holes, typically). We’ll also be on the lookout for co-dominant trunks, which can double the risk during trimming or removal.
Lastly, around the crown of the tree, SB Tree Service will look for dead, decaying, or hanging branches, or dead or dying tips.
Whether you own a commercial or private piece of property, an unwanted tree can be a hassle to deal with on your own. This is why professional tree services are so important: because we deal with all aspects of the removal process, including safety.
Do you need tree removal or trimming work on your property? SB Tree Service’s tree risk assessment work is an important first step. Get in touch with us today to find out more, and schedule an appointment.