Determining Tree Emergency

When should we consider a tree condition an emergency”?

Technically speaking, a tree emergency means a situation that poses an immediate risk to life, property, the environment, or a neighborhood. This condition requires urgent intervention to avoid extensive danger and prevent the worsening of the potential risk. An immediate tree hazard is when a tree suddenly develops uprooting (cracks appear in the soil) and starts splitting (fresh, white sapwood is visible in tree cracks) where the main branches connect to the trunk.


Common causes of tree emergencies

  1. The changing of seasons causes a lot of catastrophic tree damage. The most common reason for trees and their branches to fall on residential and commercial properties is due to heavy rains and severe winds. High winds can pose a serious hazard to trees by breaking their limbs. While too much wet weather can obstruct water regulation, This can cause soil erosion around the roots of trees, which will eventually cause trees to lean or fall. In addition, too much erosion can also affect the overall health of a tree, leaving it rotten and weakened. All of these tree conditions—fallen, weakened, leaning trees—can all create and pose hazards to your family, property, and whole community.
  1. Most homeowners perform regular assessments of their trees to determine whether they are in good shape or in poor health. Assessment could be done through personal effort and a checklist, or it could be performed by a professional tree service company. Like humans, trees can be affected by diseases. A serious level of damage and hazard to trees might arise if tree diseases are neglected. Some diseases can affect the root structure holding the tree in place, and some, in the worst-case scenario, cause trees to die and become hollow.

Diseased trees are very unstable and cannot handle natural elements or even support their own weight. This creates a hazardous situation where property damage or serious bodily injury arise. Most plant diseases can also cause a loss of yield or damage the aesthetic qualities of the infected plant. Because of these risks and hazards, it is highly recommended for every homeowner to call a certified arborist upon noticing the first signs of diseases such as leaf loss, discoloration, and branch loss. Always remember this line: “Prevention is always better than cure.”


Tree inspection and assessment

It is the owner’s responsibility to inspect the strength of the tree and the hazards that it may bring to your family, neighborhood, and property. Once the hazards and stability of the tree are recognized, proper steps and procedures may be taken to reduce the probability of the tree damaging property or injuring someone. Call a professional tree service company today!

Recognizing and knowing about hazardous trees is very important. We should know whether a tree is infected, diseased, damaged, or poorly maintained to prevent any damage to property as well as injury and death to your family. Because the removal of dead branches from trees is dangerous if not done by well-trained personnel, it is highly recommended to seek the professional help of a tree service company.

For professional, high-quality, and affordable tree removal and maintenance services in the Northern Lakes Area, North Idaho, and Eastern Washington, call Northern Lakes Tree Services.


Damon Bretthauer
Phone: (208) 443-3600
    Cell: (208) 610-3718


  • North Idaho: Priest Lake, Priest River, Oldtown, Sandpoint, Ponderay, Bonners Ferry, Cocalalla, Diamond Lake, Sacheen Lake, Rathdrum, Spirit Lake, Twin Lakes, Couer d’Alene, and the Hayden Lake area
  • Eastern Washington: Newport, Deer Park, Elk, Spokane County, and Spokane Area
  • Northern Lakes Area