Broken branches, cracked trunks, and splintered stumps are a normal part of hurricane season. Whether it's from your own decorative yard trees or the woodland area you live in, hauling off heavy wood isn't easy for everyone. The right tools and a decent disposal or storage area are necessary, so consider a few ways that tree and stump removal and general storm debris professionals can help.
Sawing and Hauling Isn't as Easy as It Looks
After a storm, getting rid of the wood often means taking a saw to a few pieces of wood. For branches barely larger than an arm, it's pretty easy to use a generic power saw or an ax to separate the wood into more manageable pieces. For larger parts, it takes some expertise.
The main issue is making sure that wood can be cleaned up and used efficiently. An amateur may cut damaged trunks or stumps into haphazard trunks while leaving chips and sawdust all over the place, which doesn't leave much to use aside from wood pulp for compost. It's also harder to scoop up the chunks.
A professional has a plan for sectioning off different parts of the damaged wood and cutting in necessary blocks and slices. It also takes a specific kind of saw or ax to make the precision cuts to avoid getting caught in splitting, splintered wood parts that occur when a tree is bent by the wind.
Proper Storage Is Necessary for Firewood
If you're environmentally conscious, know that many stump and debris removal companies have a plan for the wood when they leave. If they're not directly selling wood for firewood and compost, the employees or emergency services can at least take some wood for personal heating and distribution to the needy.
Do you need the firewood? Do you have a dry place to keep the firewood? The second question is more important than you think. Storage makes the difference between just having a wood pile that you can't use, if the wood is exposed to moisture, and a good fireplace wood supply.
Wood is cut in the best way for the debris company, which may be completely different than what you're able to use. They have known storage with wood chunk sizes that work for their business, while you may need more compact cuts that could be wasteful if not planned from the beginning.
Be sure to ask about firewood before the cutting starts, and have a plan for where to store everything. If you're not sure about firewood storage, debris removal professionals can take a look around your property for a solution and may be able to provide a shelter to keep wood dry. Wood can soak up rainwater and store it for quite a long time, so you'll need a good, dry shelter if you want to use the wood any time soon.
Contact a debris and stump removal professional to discuss efficient removal of storm debris.