Storms can already be stressful, from loud noises, power outages, and dangerous driving. But having a tree fall on your home is the epitome of terrifying! How do you fix it? What do you do? One of the first questions you ask is “Who do I call if a tree fell on my house?”
Well, we deal with storm damage and tree strike damage often, and we can tell you! Here’s the easy 2-minute response from the professionals.
You’ll need to call several people if a tree falls on your house. They’ll include 911, your insurance company, a restoration company, a tree removal company, and quite possibly a roofer and a plumber. Read on to learn why you need to call so many different people — and what to expect from them.
The First Person You Should Call
You call 911 first when a tree falls on your house. But get yourself and anyone living with you to safety first! A neighbor’s house may be the closest option for the moment. The important thing is that it’s inadvisable to go back into the house until a professional of some kind confirms that you can.
Calling 911 is important because it lets emergency services know that they need to come out and make sure that the tree didn’t take down any power lines with it. If it did, there could be danger around and inside the house, and they need to know so they can get crews out there to fix it.
The Second Call to Make After a Tree Strike
If you have insurance, call your insurance company next. But before you call them, take as many pictures as you can of the damage, from every angle. They’ll want pictures, and it may be the difference in whether they’ll pay for it or not.
Insurance companies don’t always cover all “acts of God” — natural disasters — and you should find out if yours does. Here’s what one insurance company, Allstate, has to say about tree strike damage and insurance: click here to read it.
Will My Insurance Cover a Tree That Fell On My House?
The question of whether insurance covers a tree falling on your house is entirely dependent on your personal insurance company and policy. So call your insurance company right after 911, and figure out what they’ll do for you.
The Third Person to Call for Tree Damage
After calling 911 and your insurance company, you should next call a tree removal company! They will be the only ones with the equipment and the expertise to remove the tree safely. When asking “who do I call if a tree fell on my house?”, a tree removal company will always be necessary.
If you’re unsure how to find and choose a trustworthy tree removal service company, check out this guide on choosing a service company that’s right for you.
Above is a photo from an actual Cleaner Guys job site! Within 5 hours of inspecting the damage, we had a tree removal crew out there removing this over-80-foot tree. That’s an impressively short time!
Not all storm damage restoration companies will help you find the right tree removal company and call them. But Cleaner Guys does! If you live in Western Washington State, we may be able to give you that same kind of lightning-fast service! Check out this page to learn more.
The Fourth Call You Should Make
If the tree or any of its limbs pierced or damaged any part of your home in any way, we highly advise calling a plumber as well. The tree probably damaged some of the pipes in your home, and they could be leaking contaminated dirty water. This call may not be necessary for everyone, but it is advised.
The Fifth Call You May Need to Make
If the tree damaged your roof, you’ll need to call a roofer. This will start the process of repairing your home — although the roofers probably won’t be able to finish all the repairs needed. Roofers only do rooves. For any damage repair to the inside of the house, you’ll need the next person on the list.
The Sixth Call You’ll Have to Make
The sixth — and hopefully last — company you’ll need to call is a storm damage restoration company. After the tree is removed, the house is safe to enter, your insurance company is involved, and a plumber has fixed any damaged piping… you’re going to need someone to fix all of the damage! That’s where a tree strike cleanup and restoration crew comes in.
Most of the trees in Washington State are big, tall, and heavy. That means that with tree strike damage around here, most of the time the tree damaged the inside of the house too. That’s where a restoration company comes in! When tree limbs break through your ceiling or walls, you need a company like Cleaner Guys to repair everything inside your house.
Want to know what the restoration company will have to do in your home? Read this short guide on the damage restoration process. This guide is modeled off of the restoration process here at Cleaner Guys, as we are a fire, water, mold, and storm damage restoration company. But a similar model is used by most restoration companies.
If You’ve Suffered Damage From Storms in Washington State
If you are anywhere north of Seattle in Western Washington State, consider Cleaner Guys as one of the wisest choices for a storm damage cleanup company. We’ve risen to be one of the most popular and well-loved in the area! We’re the only company with award-winning customer service, and our mission is integrity, honesty, and better prices.
If you need tree strike cleanup service in Mount Vernon WA, hit the phone number in the menu at the top of your screen, and we’ll answer all your questions right now!
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. No part of this article is medical or legal advice, and may not be used as such. For all serious medical matters, consult your doctor. For all serious legal matters, consult your legal advisor. This article contains Cleaner Guys’ experience and opinions only.
We hope this answers your question, “Who do I call if a tree fell on my house?”. If you still have questions, leave a comment below! Our team of restoration experts is always happy to answer any questions you may have.