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What To Do if a Tree Falls On Your Roof

11/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fallen tree covers the front yard and part of a brick house This tree fell during a storm and damaged part of the front of this house!

When a tree falls on your roof, it causes two problems: it damages your home’s structure, and it exposes your home to the elements. Each year, we get dozens of calls from people who have had trees fall on their roof and are unsure of what to do. It’s not a quick process, but there are a few steps you can take!

  1. Remove the tree. This might seem like an obvious first step, but we’ve had countless calls from people who haven’t even removed the tree. Until the damaged area of your roof has been cleared, it can’t be covered. We recommend calling your local tree removal company.

  1. Tarp exposed areas. Unless you’re lucky, a fallen tree will likely cause damage to your roof, generally leaving it exposed. To ensure outside elements don’t get in and cause more damage, you should have it tarped. In some cases, the tree removal company will do this for you, but if not, you will need to contact a roofing company.

  1. Contact a roofing company. Even if the roof is tarped, you’ll need to contact a roofing company to determine the next phase of repairs. After all, the tarp is only a temporary solution!

  1. Call a disaster restoration company (if applicable). If the tree fell because of a storm (or if a storm hits before the damage can be properly tarped), you’re likely going to have rain damage on the interior of your home. A water mitigation company will dry the affected areas and treat it with an antimicrobial treatment to prevent mold growth!

A fallen tree can cause a lot of damage and headache, but with the above steps, you can get your life back on track. If you have water damage and need a disaster restoration company, our Lenoir-based team is available 24/7 to make it “Like it never even happened!”

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