Trimming, Watering, and Beyond

The Emergency Tree Removal Process Explained

Need to remove a hazardous or damaged tree from your residential or non-residential property as quickly as possible? Emergency or 24-hour tree removal requires proper planning and execution to ensure safety, efficiency, and compliance with the relevant laws and regulations. 

Several steps may be involved in the process, as indicated in the following guide.

Permit Application

Depending on your state, local council, and the specific circumstances of the tree removal, you may require a permit before removing a tree on your property.

A tree removal permit is typically required for protected trees. A tree is regarded as 'protected' if it is considered significant according to the council's definitions. Your tree may be deemed significant because of its size, natural distribution and habitat, cultural value, and more.

Always consult the local council to see if you'll need a permit for the tree you plan on removing. Failing to acquire a tree removal permit where one is required can attract hefty fines.

Inspection and Assessment

Once you've obtained a tree removal permit or confirmed that you don't need one, a professional arborist will inspect your tree to figure out the best way to cut it down. They'll also assess the surrounding area to see if there are potential safety hazards, such as overhead electricity lines, that pose risks to people or property.

Planning and Preparation

Emergency tree removal requires proper planning and preparation to do it safely and correctly, so the arborist will devise a plan for taking down your tree based on its size, location, and any obstacles in the surrounding area. 

They'll also ensure that the equipment needed for the job, such as chainsaws, rigging ropes, snap hooks, pulleys, blocks, and cranes, is in good condition and that the work site is free from any hazards.

Tree Removal

The tree will be cut into sections with a powerful chainsaw. The first cut will be at the bottom of the top section. This allows the safest and most efficient removal of the tree, preventing injuries or property damage. 

Ropes and other rigging equipment may be used to guide the descending sections, if necessary. Once the entire tree has been felled, it'll be cut into smaller chunks to allow easy storage or transportation from your property.

Stump Removal

After the tree is lopped down and cut into smaller pieces, the stump will be removed by hand, with a stump, or using chemicals. If left in place, tree stumps can spread disease to healthy trees and shrubs and also invite pesky and destructive pests into your yard.

While you may not be required by law to hire a professional arborist when removing a tree from your private property, it's best to use one. Tree removal is a dangerous task that should be left to the pros to ensure your safety and prevent property damage.

To get help, contact a 24-hour emergency tree service in your area.