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Importance of Tree Care Prior To Hurricane Season

Damaged or Decaying Trees

One of the most damaging aspects of a strong storm, thunderhead, northeaster or hurricane, besides water surge, is the wind and rain event characterized by the downing of trees, falling limbs, uprooting of plants and shrubs and downed electrical power lines. From June 1st through November 30th, Florida is extremely susceptible to many different kinds of storms and many are related to name events like hurricanes. Over the past few years North Florida has experienced a few significant weather patterns, specifically two hurricanes (Matthew and Irma).  However we have been fortunate not to receive a significant category 3+ hurricane. One of the chief reasons Jacksonville and surrounding areas have been blessed with only storms threatening, but none making landfall, is the approximate position of the Gulf Stream being just over 100 miles from our coast. As these Atlantic Cyclones approach the eastern shore of Florida, the power, current, and flow of the Gulf Stream has a dramatic effect on them and usually carries the storm along its path making it possible for these fast-moving storms to take a direct course towards the Carolina shoreline, missing our coast or just brushing it as they pass by. If the hurricane is big enough, even a glancing blow can have an effect on houses and properties, uprooting trees, creating a debris field and causing extensive damage. Jacksonville is actually east of Orlando on a latitude scale so as some storms brush Central Florida these storms can be many miles away from our coastline when they pass us. It is important for property owners to identify any possible decayed trees, broken limbs or overgrown limbs that could be downed by a hurricane’s high winds and circulating motion. Even a category one storm that reaches our shores can have a damaging effect if trees have any decay or limb damage present. Additionally, if the National Weather Service Center has named the tropical storm, insurance deductibles are increased, sometimes as much as 5%. Hurricane insurance deductibles are the amount an insured property owner must pay before the insurance policy covers damage caused by a named storm. These named storm deductibles are completely separate for the homeowner’s insurance deductibles and are based on the current value of the dwelling. Most insurance policies have a named stormed deductible or Hurricane deductible which typically varies from a low of 1% to a high of 5% of the dwellings insured value. This is probably a good time to look your property over and see if any of your foliage poses a problem if a named storm were to hit our area. It might also be a good time to review your insurance policy to see what you are covered for in the event you sustain damage from a storm or hurricane.

Jacksonville and Orange Park Tree Removal Service

If you are in need, of a competent and professional tree removal or tree trimming service, Eagerton Tree Service is your best choice in the Jacksonville and surrounding metropolitan areas. Eagerton Tree Service offers free inspection and free estimates and we are constantly reviewing properties suspected of posing a problem if a hurricane or high wind event storm were to hit.  We have licensed and experienced tree surgeons, working in a drug-free environment who are committed to safety first and zero-property damage second. We also offer 24 hour, 7 days a week emergency tree service and our phones are manned by one of our tree experts ready to handle your issue at any time, day or night. Jake Eagerton understands what its like to own and operate a consumer service business growing up in his families plumbing business. We own and operate all our own equipment from a 100 ft cranes to boom trucks, dump trucks, chippers, forestry mulchers, bobcats and stump grinding machines. Give us a call for any tree service including tree removal, tree trimming and pruning, land clearing and forestry mulching, emergency tree service and much more. We are available when you need us the most. Call 904-823-3090 for a free estimate and site visit. See our complete list of services and credentials on our website @ EagertonTree.com