Tallahassee. FL -- Tuesday, the Sessler Family awoke to a tree crashing though their roof. No one was injured, but the damage could have been prevented.
"For the longest time I thought it was the healthiest tree and needless to say it snapped at the base." says Karl Sessler.
Bryan Wilson with Miller's Tree Service says he's seen the scenario time and time again, and warned Sessler of other potential hazards in his yard.
"We've got two trees that need to come done and after the event that happened, believe you me, my name is on the schedule." says Sessler.
Experts say that all a tree needs to appear healthy is a health exterior, but with many trees, the whole interior could be completely rotted out.
Bryan Wilson, an arborist with Miller's says, "Walk around, analyze the tree structurally... Look at the canopy of it... [to see] if you see a lot of dead limbs."
Wilson says knowing the history of the trees and damage they may have seen early on, and looking for growths, can also be other good indicators of tree rot.
Professional arboring will cost some green, but after the rude wake-up call, Sessler and his neighbors are thinking twice about the risks hanging overhead.