What to Do If a Tree Falls on Your House

large tree branch broke off from a tree in the foreground and landed on a nearby houseIf a tree falls on your house or property, due to a storm, strong winds or instability, it can be a stressful and potentially dangerous situation. Here’s a step-by-step guide on what to do:

  1. Ensure personal safety: The safety of you and your family should be the top priority. If the tree has caused significant damage and there is a risk of further collapse, evacuate the house immediately. Do not attempt to enter the affected area until it has been deemed safe to do so.

  2. Call emergency services: If there are any injuries or potential risks due to a fallen tree or debris, call 911 immediately.

  3. Stay away from electrical lines: If the fallen tree has brought down power lines, stay away from the area and warn others to do the same. Downed power lines can be extremely hazardous and should only be handled by trained professionals.

  4. Contact your insurance company: Notify your homeowner’s insurance company as soon as possible about the incident. They will guide you through the claims process and provide assistance for the necessary repairs

  5. Document the damage: If it is safe to do so, take photos or videos of the damage caused by the fallen tree. This documentation can be useful for insurance claims and repair assessments.

  6. Hire a professional tree removal service:a large tree leaning against a house being removed by a crane Once the area is safe and accessible, call a local tree service to assess the situation and remove the fallen tree from your house. Do not attempt to remove the tree yourself, as it can be dangerous and cause further damage. AllState Tree Service offers 24-hour emergency tree services in and around the Twin Cities, call 763-479-9091 for a free quote. Some trees may be too large, damaged, or unstable to be safely removed using traditional methods, especially when on or near your home. In such cases, we would bring in a crane to safely lift and remove the tree without endangering workers or nearby structures. Crane removal ensures swift removal the tree and no further damage to your property

  7. Assess the structural damage: After the tree has been removed, you should have a professional inspection of your house’s structural integrity. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to hire a contractor or engineer to assess and repair the affected areas.

  8. Secure your property: If there are any temporary repairs that can be made to prevent further damage (e.g., covering holes in the roof), consider doing so cautiously. However, avoid extensive repairs until a professional has inspected the damage.

  9. Keep records: Throughout the process of dealing with the fallen tree and the aftermath, keep records of communications, expenses, and any damages incurred. This documentation will be valuable when filing insurance claims.

Remember, dealing with a tree falling on your house can be a challenging situation, so it’s essential to stay calm and prioritize safety. Seek professional help whenever necessary to ensure a thorough and safe recovery process.

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