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 either to life, property, environment and neighborhood. This condition requires urgent intervention to avoid extensive danger and prevent 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 emergency

  • The changing of season causes a lot of catastrophic tree damage. Most common reason for trees and its branches to fall to residential and commercial properties is due to heavy rains and severe winds. High winds can bring serious hazard to trees by breaking its limbs. While too much wet weather can obstruct water regulation. This can cause soil erosion around the roots of trees that will eventually let tree to lean or fall. In addition, too much erosion can also affect the total state of a tree health that leaves it rotten and weakened. All of these tree condition – fallen, weakened, leaning trees, can all create and pose hazard to your family, property and whole community.
  • Most of the homeowners perform regular assessment of their trees to determine whether trees are in good shape or with poor health. Assessment could be done through personal effort and checklist or could be performed by 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 be neglected. Some diseases can affect the root structure holding the tree in place and some, in 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 create 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 certified arborist upon noticing first signs of diseases such as leaf loss and 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 hazard that it may bring to your family, neighborhood and own property. Once hazard and stability of the tree is recognized, proper steps and procedures may be taken to reduce the probability of the tree to damage property and injure someone. Call for a Professional Tree Service Company today!

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

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


Damon Bretthauer

1-877-905-TREE or (208)443-3600


  • 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, Deerpark, Elk, Spokane County and Spokane area
  • Northern Lakes Area