Trees can add quite a lot of value to your property. From adding to the beauty of your landscaping to providing much-needed shade and privacy, having trees around your home is always a nice addition. Unfortunately, some trees may need to be removed for a variety of reasons in order to keep your property safe. Fallen trees on your home can cause serious damage, fire, and even injury. So how do you know if a tree near your home should be taken down? Read on to learn more. 

Look at the Roots

The state of a tree's roots can be an important telltale sign of the overall health of the tree. If you can easily spot decaying roots or damaged roots, the tree is losing support from the bottom, which could mean a big risk of falling over. If you see any space between the tree and the ground, it usually means the tree is starting to lean over, which can result in a problem if there is a storm or gust of wind. The tree may be suffering from insect damage or fungus, which typically starts at the root or base of the tree. If in doubt, contact a professional arborist who can come and examine it first. 

Check the Trunk

The health of a tree's trunk is a good indication of the overall health for the tree. If you see large gaping holes or obvious decay, it may be a sign the tree is suffering from rot or other issues. Many trees can actually seal their wounds, allowing them to continue thriving and growing without completely dying. Closely monitor the tree's trunk to see if the damage becomes worse before you decide whether or not it should be removed. If it worsens, then it may be time to cut it down.

Other Warning Signs

There may be other indications that a tree on your property is sick or dying. Look for dead branches that tend to easily break off on windy days. If there are a lot of branches being lost, the tree may be diseased. Check to see if the tree is leaning dangerously in one direction. This could mean damage at the roots has caused the tree to weaken. Take a closer look at where the tree is located. If it's growing near large rocks or part of its root system is uncovered, over time it might begin to lean dangerously towards one side. Keeping a close eye on the trees near your home will help prevent it from falling down unexpectedly, and if a tree is confirmed sick or dead, it should be removed as soon as possible by professionals, such as those from Pioneer Tree & Landscape, Inc.