No matter how handy a homeowner is - or how tight his budget may be - there are times when it's best to call a professional. One of those times may be when a tree limb falls onto a rooftop. A person's first impulse may be to climb onto the roof to check out the damage; however, that impulse may be costly, not only to the house (which may not be able to withstand any more weight) but also to the person. If in doubt, or if the roof is steeply pitched, call a professional. If a homeowner is able to "do it himself," follow these simple tips to safely remove the limb:
Step #1 - Before trying to get on the roof itself, check the underside from the attic.
The key is preventing problems or catching them while they are small and avoiding costly repairs. Be sure to exercise caution by turning off power, disconnecting utility services and following owner’s manuals instructions.