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Can "Frost Cracking" Affect My Columbiana Home?

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

picture shows a bare tree covered in ice. When the bark alternately contracts with freezing temperatures and expands on warm days, a crack is likely to occur.

Let’s set the stage. It is a freezing cold night in Columbiana. You are laying down on the couch watching TV. You hear a massive “pop” sound outside. After the panic has settled…you learn it was nothing more than “frost crack.” So, what is “frost crack”, and can it affect the health of my tree? Allow SERVPRO of North Columbiana County to determine if this phenomenon is something you should worry about as a homeowner.

What is “frost crack”? When water freezes, it expands. The sap in trees is made of water diluted with carbohydrates (sugars) and minerals, which acts like antifreeze. The higher the sugar content, the lower the freezing point of sap. When the bark alternately contracts with freezing temperatures and expands on warm days, a crack is likely to occur.

Why does “frost crack” happen? Believe it or not…cold temperatures are not the only reason “frost crack” can occur. Heat can activate a similar effect called “sun scalding”. This usually happens in the late winter or early spring. The warm afternoon sun shining on the bark can cause the tree’s tissues to break dormancy. As freezing occurs again at night; the tissue dies.

 Will “frost crack” kill my tree? “Frost crack” is generally harmless and will not affect the health of your tree. In many cases, the tree will attempt to heal itself by forming a callus along the crack. A tree with a crack is in no immediate danger and may live for several years.

Well, that is a relief! There are many reasons a tree’s health can be affected, but “frost crack” falls at the bottom of the list. Thank goodness SERVPRO of Columbiana County is here for other types of storm damage.

Storm damage like heavy winds, weighty ice, and lightning can cause trees to fall on your Salem property, and unfortunately even worse, cause damage to your home.

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

If you need any type of assistance or reconstruction after storm damage has affected your Negley home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of North Columbiana County. Visit our website and our Facebook page for more tips of the trade or call us at (330) 921-4931.

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