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Quad Cities Emergency Tree Service
Advantage Emergency Tree Service is ready to help in case of an emergency.
While there is no good time for a tree emergency to happen, they often happen during other stressful events like storms or heavy rains. Not only do you have to deal with the stress of a natural disaster you will also be having to deal with your home, business, or vehicle suffering damage. At Advantage Tree Service, we understand how damaging a tree emergency can be. Whether it’s a fallen branch that’s threatening a power line or a tree is leaning completely on your home, you can count on our arborists for help. With over 20 years of experience, we’ve resolved countless tree emergencies effectively and quickly.
What Is A Tree Emergency?
In worst-case scenarios, trees can break off or uproot and fall onto your home or other structure. If this happens, you should take a couple of steps. First, make sure everyone is safe. Large trees can severely damage the structure of your home, making it unsafe or power lines can be knocked over and present an electrocution hazard.
Relocate if possible and call the necessary authorities to secure utilities. Secondly, call your insurance company to see if your policy covers tree damage. If the damage is extensive your insurance company will often authorize you to get emergency help to prevent further property damage.
Thirdly, call Advantage Tree Service for emergency repair. We will respond as soon as possible to make your property safe. Generally, this means either removing individually problem branches or complete tree removal if the tree is unsalvageable.
Preventing Tree Emergencies
The best way to ensure you don’t have to deal with a tree emergency is to do your best to take precautions to prevent the potential for emergencies in the first place. Taking action while the sun is out and the weather is calm can prevent catastrophic and dangerous damage to your home’s or business’s structure or utilities. Some insurance policies are even contingent on having tree care performed.
Having an arborist visit your property can give you insight into how healthy your trees are and how much of a hazard they present. During our arborists’ training, we learn to look for the tell-tale signs of tree damage that may not be obvious to the untrained eye. Arborists will look for several signs including insect or mold infestation, dead branches, crown overgrowth, and internal decay.
To mitigate potential risks there are several actions our arborists may take.
- Trimming or Pruning: Trimming can be done to balance and stabilize a tree or to safely distance it from structures or power lines. Trimming and pruning can also enhance the aesthetic value as well.
- Support Systems: In extreme cases, trees can be given extra support to prevent major breakages. This is often the case with very old trees that are considered vital to the landscape. Shoring up weak parts of the tree can prevent damage from occurring later on.
- Tree Removal: Sometimes trees are too far gone or present too much of a hazard to the property. If this is the case we may opt for the total removal of the tree.
At Advantage Tree Services, the health of your trees is our number one goal. We will always try to save a tree with corrective pruning or nutritional supplements before opting to remove it. Call today to have our arborists assess your trees.
There are a couple of frequently asked questions that accompany an emergency situation:
How does insurance work?
While all the policies written are very different, generally speaking trees are handled pretty uniformly. We certainly are not saying these things will always be true. We have discovered over the last couple decades that they have been pretty consistent. Below is a list of the things we believe to be generally true about your policy.
You will have to pay your deductible. This is usually between $500-$2500 so it is important to understand wether the damage actually warrants a claim or not.
The insurance generally will pay us whatever it takes within reason to get the tree off the house. We do need to be mindful of the timing of when the services are performed. If the service could save potential damage in the future it will be worth the added emergency cost. If the damage will not get much worse when waiting, then we could save some funds for the insurance company by waiting.
You usually only have about $500 for actual debris removal from the property. The good thing about this is that once the debris is on the ground and out of the way for contractors it usually does not cost much more than this to haul it away. In most cases we can haul all of the debris associated with the job away for this cost.
If you believe more damage may occur or the house is not secure with the tree on the property you normally do not have to get other bids. The adjuster usually expects the tree to be removed before he arrives on site to assess the damages.
Why is it so expensive?
A fallen tree or tree branch can affect your home in many ways. Though a large tree can cause considerable structural damage and potential injury to the occupants of the home, smaller branches and tree debris can cause problems, as well.
The services are expensive for a number of reasons. Often times these jobs are very difficult and they will need our most skilled employees. Often times these employees billable rates are close to $200 per hour.
In addition we usually have to cancel other clients jobs in order to meet the demand of getting the storm work completed in a timely fashion.
These situations also occur outside of business hours, this results in higher wages for the arborists working on your job and this increase is passed on to the insurance company.
Lastly equipment rentals & crane rentals are hard to come by when a large storm damages numerous trees. This results in higher prices for those services as well! In general we have found the prices to be about 50% higher in a storm environment.
What if I can't afford to pay?
This is usually something we can work around. In the end the only thing you will be responsible for in most cases is the deductible.
Our company does offer financing for 0% in this situation.
In order to get the work started we will need a claim number, insurance company name and a number for your adjuster! After we have that we should be able to make the home safe with no funds from you!
What if I want you to give me an estimate, but I do not want you to do the work?
This actually happens often. We are ok with giving advice and an estimate for the work regardless of if you plan to do the work with us. After we provide an estimate for extraction from the structure and clean up , many customers choose to clean up on their own. The insurance company will pay on our estimate, but we will only invoice for the work we do. This means you could get paid by your insurance company to clean up the tree that fell! The only thing we ask is for you to be up front with us about your intentions.
Why did the debris get left on my property?
Our main focus after a storm is make properties safe. In the event that we have numerous tree on houses we will focus our efforts on getting the trees off of the houses first. Once all of the trees are safe we will begin the clean up procedures! Our office should be available to let you know approximate times the clean ups will take place.
How fast can you be here?
Let us know your needs and we will do everything we can to accommodate your desired schedule date or time. We try to prioritize by greatest need.
Why Choose Advantage Emergency Tree Service
During large-scale damaging events, we strive to prioritize service to keep you safe. We will respond as soon as possible to stabilize your situation. In the case of widespread damage to your area, we may show up quickly and make your property safe and then return at a later date to finish removing debris. By choosing Advantage Tree Service you will know that we care about preserving your trees and keeping your property safe. Being licensed, insured and safety trained you can rest assured that no further damage will occur on your property.
Advantage Tree Service has been the Quad Cities choice for emergency tree service since 2002. With multiple arborists on staff, we pride ourselves on being able to protect your trees and your property from damage. Call (563) 355-7508 today for an estimate.