According to the National Storm Damage Center, as much as one billion dollars worth of property damage every year is caused by falling trees. If you have trees in your yard, knowing what to do if one of them falls on your roof can be helpful—even if such an event may be unlikely. Storm damage and fire restoration company Action Restoration shares tips on how to deal with a tree-damaged roof.
Evacuate the House
If you happen to be inside when the tree hits your roof, have everyone leave the house by the safest route possible. If the power went out right after the tree hits, you have to assume there’s a downed power line somewhere. Do not use your cellphone until you’re at a safe distance, as it could cause an ignition in case of a gas leak.
Call 911…and Your Insurance Company
You need to have emergency responders as soon as possible to ensure the house is safe, particularly if you or someone may have sustained injuries from stepping on broken glass or being hit by flying debris. Like with fire damage and other large-scale home damage, you also need to have a representative from your insurance company come to inspect the extent of the damage.
Hire a Certified Arborist
Arborists do more than just trim tree branches. Certified arborists know how to cleanly remove a fallen tree, down to the roots. They can also make recommendations on which tree species have strong root systems, which helps reduce the chances of another tree falling on your home. Robust trees can also protect your home from wind damage.
Contact a Storm Damage Restoration Company
If your insurance provider hasn’t recommended one yet, look for a local damage restoration company. While it is perfectly okay to hire a roofing contractor, a restoration company like us won’t just repair your roof. We will also inspect the drywall and the foundations and make sure the fallen tree didn’t damage any important structural components.