A hazard tree assessment is a critical step in determining if a tree needs to be removed or if it can be salvaged. When assessing a tree, a hazmat tree removal team usually looks at two primary factors. The first is whether or not there is a visible defect in the specific tree branch that could cause part of it to fail catastrophically? In some cases, a branch might appear “healthy” but actually be rotten or broken, or appear to have splinters protruding from it. Once these defects are identified, the team will assess the cost and hazard of removing the branch or parts of it, as well as what would happen to the surrounding property if it were removed. The team will also discuss the potential impact on the surrounding community should the removed or hazardous branches are located near a water source, power lines, or other choke points for storm water runoff.
Hazard tree assessment – A team of trained and experienced treeologists assess the health of a tree
During a hazard tree assessment, a team of trained and experienced treeologists assess the health of a tree through an in-depth visual inspection. They perform visual assessments using special equipment that allows them to see very minute details of a tree’s outer layers, as well as its internal components. From this detailed information, a tree specialist can assess a tree’s condition and determine whether it should be removed or if it should be saved. It’s rare that a stump would require a hazard tree assessment, but it’s certainly possible.
After a hazard tree assessment has been performed and the extent of a tree’s hazard has been determined, a licensed tree surgeon or arborist should be contacted. The arborist is familiar with trees and their characteristics and can identify whether or not a stump should be removed, where to cut it, and how to do it safely. If a stump isn’t removed, it can compromise the stability of the surrounding property and pose a serious risk to people, buildings, and other structures.