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The four letters TRAQ stand for Tree Risk Assessment Qualification. That is the system used to calculate the chances for complete or partial failure of an assessed tree.

Why should a homeowner hire an arborist for performance of TRAQ?

Arborists Palo Alto have studied the best methods for determining and calculating various tree-linked risks. Arborists base their determination on a long list of factors:

• Species studied
• Tree’s weight
• Does the tree lean?
• Tree’s structure
• Any decomposers in or on tree, such as mushrooms or insects
• Any other dangerous influences, such as wind or soil erosion

An arborist might carry out other services, in combination with performance of TRAQ

An arborist’s determination for the level of threat that could be associated with a given tree would aid calculation of the chances that the assessed plant/tree might fall. An arborist’s training could aid conceptualization of a way to decrease any calculated risk.

Arborists have become familiar with the language of lawyers and insurance companies. Their knowledge of such language could prove beneficial, if one of the trees in a homeowner’s yard were to topple over. In that case, the homeowner could need help, when speaking to or writing to a lawyer or an insurance company.

Sometimes arborists’ standard services help to make their special services of greater value.

By determining a tree’s weight, an arborist should be able to show the amount of force created by that same weight, when it has been propelled by gravity. In that way, the calculated amount/weight should help to strengthen any argument that could only give an estimated and less precise figure.

Arborists’ assessments include mention of any decomposers or dangerous influences. If those had not been mentioned in an assessment, then the homeowner would have more reason to claim that the toppling of any trees in the yard had been a total surprise. Thus, the insurance company could not charge the homeowner/policyholder with failure to mitigate a known risk.

Arborists have the ability to identify the species of any assessed plant/tree. Consequently, each of them should be able to learn about the expected longevity for the subject of any assessment.

Finally, arborists have learned how to detect evidence of trees’ tendency to lean. If such evidence had not been found during a TARQ, then, once more, the insurance company would not have a sound reason for claiming that the homeowner had failed to mitigate a known risk.

More importantly, arborists’ arguments get framed in a language that matches with that of any lawyer or insurance representative. So, their special services manage to do a good job of building on the strength and breadth of their multiple standard services.