Spotting dangerous trees before a storm could save your home

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Downed trees are a common problem when storms and other severe weather strikes. 

Warner Coffey, the Sales and Production Manager for C.S. Fluornoy Inc., says some trees have codominant stems, which is when a tree has two or more main stems. Coffey says it’s one of the things he looks for when his company is asked to check out a property. 

“Those two stems are constantly working and pulling away from each other,” said Coffey, “So what you want to do in a situation like that…you could do a couple different things. Thin it out, do a weight reduction, or cable or brace the tree, to make the tree a lot safer.”

Coffey says he also gets calls from residents who have tree limbs hanging over their roofs, and he’s seen limbs break off and damage homes before. 

“You want to try to keep your trees trimmed back away from your house as much you can for when storms hit, you’ve got all your structures safe,” Coffey said. 

Coffey says his company gets more calls right before and right after severe weather hits, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your trees year-round. 

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