Time to check the trees

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

BE­ING pre­pared for the cy­clone sea­son does not need to cost an arm and a leg - but it could lit­er­ally and fi­nan­cially if you don’t take the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions.

Large trees around the house are the big­gest dan­gers sur­round­ing dam­age from cy­clones and heavy rain.

Most ar­borists in the Dou­glas re­gion of­fer free quotes to in­spect large trees around the home and con­duct a re­port on the risks around your prop­erty.

If it is de­ter­mined a tree is a le­git­i­mate risk to peo­ple or prop­erty in a ma­jor storm event, the ar­borist can ob­tain the nec­es­sary coun­cil per­mits to re­move the tree.

Fallen trees can not only dam­age the struc­ture of your home, but it can also be costly to re­pair gyprock or re­place house­hold items which are sat­u­rated in a storm.

And it is not just cyclonic winds which can cause a tree to top­ple over. There are many species with shal­low root sys­tems that can be blown over in heavy rains.

If you do need a tree re­moved to en­sure your pro­tec­tion, it is a lot cheaper to have an ar­borist in­spect and re­move it in the lead-up to the wet sea­son than in peak pe­ri­ods af­ter a ma­jor weather event.

Other pre­cau­tions you can take around the home to safe­guard your prop­erty from un­nec­es­sary dam­age in­clude clear­ing out down­pipes and gut­ter­ing be­fore the wet sea­son ar­rives as veg­e­ta­tive de­bris builds up and re­stricts wa­ter flow and in heavy rains may re­sult in wa­ter flow­ing back into the ceil­ing cav­ity.

If you have had drainage prob­lems in the past with wa­ter back­ing up in the yard due to stormwa­ter block­ages or de­bris in yard pits, then have them seen to as well be­fore it is too late.

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