After a storm has rolled through town, there will likely be a range of things around your property that you need to check for damage.

This could be tiles brought down from your roof, it could be guttering and drainpipes ripped away – it could even be damage caused to your vehicles by flying debris.

As busy as you are after a storm you should also take the time to check out any damage that may have been caused to any trees you may have in your yard. Sometimes the signs of storm damage in trees can be extremely subtle, and you may not pick up on it at first glance.

A closer inspection then will really pay off, as a damaged tree is a ticking time bomb that could topple over at any minute, creating a major hazard to people and property

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Naturally, trees that have already been brought to the ground are going to the easiest to spot.

However, you must take extreme care when you are inspecting them. As they fell, the trees could have brought down power lines with them – and broken power lines on the ground are a recipe for disaster.

Further, depending on the age & size of the tree plus how damaged the root system was, it may be possible to right and replant it. This decision however should be made by a professional, and a tree that is simply righted with a severely damaged root system is likely to come down again in the next storm or high winds.

According to Alan Barnes with Alans Tree Service Indianapolis, most fallen trees will need to be safely and responsibly disposed off by a licensed and professional tree company.


Possibly the biggest flag of serious damage to a tree is if it has taken on a lean. It doesn’t even need to be at an extreme angle – a lean of just a few degrees indicates severe damage to the root system.

The root system off course is the anchor that keeps the tree upright. Any damage to it then can render a tree into a potential hazard.

Again, the advice of a professional should be sought and they can advise if the tree is likely to recover – or need to be removed.

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Split Trunk

A split in the trunk of the tree will likely have a similar diagnosis to a tree that has started to lean. A split indicates that the structural integrity of the tree has been comprised, and again it is only a matter of time before the split widens and the tree breaks in half.

Unlike a lean, the tree is unfortunately very unlikely to recover from a split trunk.


So if you come across any of these issues it would be wise to contact a professional tree service immediately to arrange an inspection. The professional can appraise the situation and advise you of the next course of action – even if it means removing the tree for the sake of safety.

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