You must take extreme caution when trimming trees near power lines. Some homeowners may feel confident taking care of their own tree trimming. However, when it comes to working near power lines, it is highly recommended that you call an expert.
Power lines are nothing to mess around with
If you see that your trees are getting close to power lines, you may be tempted to bust our your clippers or pole saw and take care of the problem yourself. Don’t do it. Power lines are extremely dangerous. Unless you are highly-trained and equipped to avoid electrocution, this little project could result in a deadly outcome.
Even touching a branch of a tree that has contact with a power line could be enough to kill you. The voltage going through the power lines can be orders of magnitude higher than the voltage inside your house, which can still be deadly on its own.
This doesn’t mean that you should avoid the problem altogether, however. If you don’t have the problem addressed, your tree could cause major damage that you may be responsible for.
Calling the power company for trimming trees near power lines
Most power companies will come to your property and take care of trimming that needs to be done to keep your tree from getting into the power lines. The problem with this, however, is that the results are often unsightly.
The power company’s priority is safety, not beauty. They have a lot of work to do and properties to serve and just don’t have the time or resources to spend half a day making your tree safe and beautiful. They are done with the job once the tree is safe. For this reason, you may see a tree that looks like it’s been sawed in half after the power company has left.
Using an Arborist for trimming trees near power lines
If you choose to use a company such as 1 Tree Expert, we have the time and resources to make sure the job is done in the best way possible. A certified arborist can come to your property and assess the tree. By understanding growth patterns and potential risks, they can develop a strategy that will ensure the ideal outcome. When trimming trees near power lines, sometimes pruning just isn’t enough. You may find the power company solved the problem previously, only for it to return soon afterward. In this case, tree removal may be the best option.
At 1 Tree Expert, we specialize in advanced and complete tree care, from the shoots to the roots. 1 Tree Expert has not just one, but two certified arborists on our team that monitors every job while having one on-site at all times! We do Tree Fertilization, Tree Trimming, Tree Pruning, Tree Reduction, Tree Removal, and much more. Whatever you and your trees need, 1 Tree Expert is here to make it happen.