You might have several large trees around your home, but how confident are you that they won’t pose a risk to your life and property? Seemingly healthy trees could have underlying problems that causes them to be weakened from the inside.

Something to keep an eye on is if a tree has a lot of bare branches. This could indicate that there is something wrong with the tree. If you knock firmly on the trunk of the tree and it sounds hollow or feels soft, that probably means that you should consult someone to take down the tree for you. It might be tempting to do this yourself, but it is very hard to predict what direction a tree will fall. You might think that you have taken all the necessary precautions, only to have the tree fall down on your house, causing damage.

Trees that lean could also pose a risk, especially when heavy rain loosens up the soil around their roots.

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