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Apart from being attractive and providing shade for your property, trees also have economic benefits. Houses with trees and nice landscaping are more valuable than those without. Trees that shade the home offer protection from the sun and help to keep the house cooler. Over time, your trees may be to be pruned. For example, if they are growing over the house or driveway. However, sometimes you must cut down a tree for safety reasons. Here are signs it’s time to remove a tree from your property.

1. The Tree is Infected or Decaying

A decaying tree is an indication it needs to be removed. If the tree is diseased or infected, it will reduce the curb appeal and the value of your home. Trees are costly to remove and if you’re selling, many new homeowners don’t want that immediate expense.

Once a tree starts to decay, it can lead to problems such as falling branches and the spread of disease. A dying tree is dangerous because it can damage your home or cause injuries to people as it becomes more unstable. Even though a professional may be able to treat the disease and stop the tree from decaying further, the best option may be to remove it entirely.

2. Remove a Tree that is Leaning

Sudden leaning is a sign it’s time to remove a tree. Leaning trees usually indicate a weakening of roots or damage to the root system. It’s important to remove the tree as soon as possible to prevent property damage or injury.

3. Storm Damage

A storm can cause extensive damage to trees, including root problems, stem failure, or a full blow-over. Once this happens, the tree poses a significant risk to your home. Complete tree removal is often the best option.

4. Remove a Tree that is Growing Under Power Lines

The mature height for trees under power lines should be no more than 25 feet. Trees that grow beyond the recommended size should be removed immediately. This will help prevent issues such as power outages or damage to property, especially during severe weather. If the tree is on your property, you are responsible for deciding to cut it down.

5. The Tree is Too Close to Your House

An extensive root system can damage the foundation of your building or underground plumbing pipes. Large branches can cause severe damage to the structure of your home. They might damage the siding, fall on the roof, or break windows. Frequent repairs can be more expensive than simply having the tree removed.

Consult Tree Removal Services Once You Decide it’s Time to Remove a Tree

Despite the many benefits that trees offer, it’s important to be aware of signs that the tree should be removed. Address the situation early to avoid damage to your property or injuries resulting in hospital bills. Consult certified tree removal services when you identify any of the above signs. They can assess the tree and recommend how to handle the problem.

Do not attempt to remove the tree yourself. This is a dangerous job and there is a risk of accidents occurring during the removal process. Call a trained professional once you suspect it’s time to remove a tree. They are trained and have the right tools to handle the task.

OBX Home Inspections offers inspections to customers in the the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Contact us to request an appointment.