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After Storm Clean Up for Trees and Properties

Every year brings a fresh crop of violent winds and thunderstorms to the Washington D.C./Northern Virginia area, along with the odd tropical storm. These storms leave in their wake downed trees, limbs and even power lines.

When you begin cleanup after one of these events, here are some things to keep in mind.

  • If a utility line is down, do NOT approach. Call the utility company, and keep others away.

  • If there is a line NEAR downed brush or trees, call in a professional to assess the situation. You must assume any lines are energized.

When deciding whether to remove downed trees or large branches yourself, consider the following:

  • Does the work require you to leave the ground?

  • Is the tree more than 20 feet tall?

  • Are there any utility lines, structures, or vehicles that might be damaged by the removal?

  • Are you experienced in the use of a chainsaw? Storm damage is not a good place for a beginner to start!

If any of these are true for you, please call an experienced tree professional to manage the job. It’s not worth risking life and limb.

If you’ve assessed the job and are confident you can handle it, keep these few things in mind:

  • “When I cut this, what will happen?” Take the time to think it through.

  • Is the tree or branch under tension? Bad things happen when a chainsaw cuts through something that’s under tension.

  • Ask yourself “Where will this branch fall?” before cutting, and make sure that everything that could be damaged is moved well away.

If you have any doubts, feel free to call the certified tree care professionals at JL Tree. We’ll get you cleaned up in no time.


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