Thinking about Removing a Tree? Use our Tree Decay FAQ to identify dangerous tree decay.
Tree removal is often put off to the last minute. We have heard hundreds of customers say, "We were just about to remove that tree," right after they call us to remove a tree that is leaning up against their home. Unfortunately, because these homeowners waited to remove the tree, they now have to pay for repairs to their home in addition to the cost of a tree removal.
We often receive many questions regarding when trees should be removed. This Tree Decay FAQ page is designed to answer all your questions.
Three Types of Wood Rot
Brown Rot - Immediate Tree Removal
Brown Rot often damages the cellulose and hemicelluloles. Rot of this kind has an immediate effect on the overall strength of the tree. Brown rot will severely reduce the tree's strength. If you notice brown rot on the exterior of your tree, it is time to remove it.
Visible Signs: brown rot is sometimes referred to as "dry rot" because the wood in the affected area will become so deprived of nutrients that it will look very powdery.
White Rot - You should think about removing your tree
White rot will damage the lignin, cellulose, and hemicelluloses. Like brown rot, this type of rot weakens the tree's strength, which can make a tree more vulnerable to falling down in storms. The strength loss isn't as severe or as quick as brown rot, but definitely something to watch out for.
Visible Signs: White spots will be visible where rotting is occurring. The color can range from white and gray to a more yellowish color.
Soft Rot - Schedule your tree removal in advance
Soft Rot affects the ligin, hemicelluloses, and cellulose of the tree. This unique type of rot is often confused with mold. Soft rot causes significant strength loss, but is a slower process than brown or white rot.
Visible Signs: Cracking and discoloration are the most visible signs of soft rot. Soft rot is the rarest type of wood rot, and does not display clear signs.
Putting your family at risk due to what may or may not be a rotting tree is not worth the potential danger. If your trees display any of the warning signs listed above, please call us today at 203-794-7658.
"There was some bark coming off of one of my favorite trees in my backyard. I decided it was nothing and totally ignored it. A month later during a storm the tree came crashing down on our garage. Bill from the Tree Pros took care of it no problem. I wish I had removed it earlier.
"I noticed some kind of weird fungus growing on a big maple tree in my backyard. I decided to give the Tree Pros a call. They arrived promptly and conducted a free consultation. It was indeed rotted, and I had it removed. There was a storm the next week in which two of my neighbors had significant house damage from fallen trees with the same "fungus"
A few words from our tree removal specialists
Brown rot, white rot, and soft rot should be taken seriously. If you see that one of your trees is suffering from tree decay, you should contact a professional.
If you have questions or would like to schedule an estimate, you can either call us directly at (203) 794-7658, fill out the form at the top of the page, or contact our Tree Service in Danbury.
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