Catastrophe Services, Inc. Blog

July 2014

• July 26, 2014 • No comments yet

If you’re looking to bounce back from disaster, we’re here to help, 24/7. But it’s often more than muscle power needed to clear debris. Sometimes you can get lucky, and a favored tree that’s heavily damaged is worth saving. Here are some tips to help:

First assess the damage—is the tree healthy besides the storm damage? You don’t want to rescue a rotting tree. Are 50% of a trees’ crown branches intact? This is the line that divides trees that could be worth saving from ones that are not.

Second, if the leaves are mostly gone, don’t reach for the fertilizer just yet. Give it some time to see if it starts to recover on its own.

Are major limbs broken? This will make recovery more difficult. Make sure any trimming or chainsaw work is done by qualified professionals.

Fourth, be on the look out for safety issues: look up and down for hanging wires, limbs, debris that might crash to the ground.

Whatever you do, don’t top the tree. This mistaken process is carried out to make the tree shorter and less prone to wind damage, but you cut off valuable growth in the process, often dealing it the final blow.

Lastly, make a (sometimes difficult) decision.

Need help? Give us a call. We can help decide what to remove and what to save.

• July 9, 2014 • No comments yet

Hugo, Gracie, Hazel. Did someone say hurricane? Tis the season, and Catastrophe Services, with offices in Columbia, Charleston, and Greenville, will be there for you—24/7. We hope you don’t get hit. But if you do, our job is to get you set right as fast as we can. One day, you’ll be able to tell stories about your experience. Our aim is to increase the likelihood that you’ll tell the part about the clean up with a smile on your face.

As Hurricane Arthur cruised by on Independence day, it’s tempting for south Carolinians to say, “Hurricanes, we don’t get hurricanes here.” But the truth is that they hit land fall in South Carolina on average once every 7 years. And these three monsters had winds of 125 to 160 miles an hour. 250,000 people were evacuated along the coast. And it isn’t only the coastal areas that get walloped, although they usually bear the brunt.

Take Hurricane Hugo that hit in 1989. The center moved far inland between Columbia and Sumter. 26 people died—just in our state—out of a total of 82 in the US. A week after Hugo hit, nearly 60,000 people were homeless because of 5,100 homes destroyed and 12,000 uninhabitable.

Nobody wants a hurricane. And it can be heart breaking to clean up after one. We’re here to work together.

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