What to do if a tree falls on your home

On Behalf of | May 22, 2023 | Property Damage Claims

Natural disasters can be devastating and can strike without warning.

If a tree falls on your home, it can cause significant damage and put you and your family at risk, so it is important to know what steps to take if that happens to you.

Assess the damage

The first step after a tree falls on your home is to assess the damage. If the tree has caused significant damage, such as a hole in the roof or a collapsed wall, evacuate the home and call for emergency services. If the damage is less severe, evaluate the situation and take steps to mitigate the damage.

Call your insurance company

The next step is to contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Your insurance policy may cover the cost of repairs, and your insurance agent can provide guidance on how to proceed. Document the damage with photos and videos, and keep track of any expenses related to the damage.

Remove the tree

Once you have assessed the damage and contacted your insurance company, you need to remove the tree. This can be a dangerous task, so hire a professional tree removal service. The tree removal service will have the equipment and expertise needed to safely remove the tree and prevent further damage to your home.

Make temporary repairs

After the professionals have removed the tree, you may need to make temporary repairs to your home to prevent further damage. Cover any holes in the roof with tarps or plastic sheeting, and board up any broken windows or doors. This will help keep the elements out and prevent further damage until you can call a contractor to do the permanent repairs.

If a tree falls on your home, take immediate action to ensure the safety of you and your family and your home. By following these steps, you can begin the process of restoring your home and getting your life back to normal after a natural disaster.