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Chad Thibodaux
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I was very impressed with how quickly and professionally they worked. They were in and out in an afternoon. They had to remove a giant Red Oak, and did so with great skill and speed. Their price is very affordable and beats out most of the competition around. I highly recommend Driscoll Tree Service. We will use them again for all of our future tree removal needs! Seriously, give them a call. They are awesome!

Ryan Lee
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I used Driscoll Tree Service for years in Snellville, and now we use them in Atlanta. They do an excellent job every time. Friendly and knowledgeable crew.  Results are always great. Thanks, Driscoll Tree  Service!

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What Are Hidden Underground Hazards?

Underground hazards are often overlooked, yet they pose significant risks to public safety, infrastructure, and the environment. These hazards range from natural occurrences to human-made dangers, and knowing them is crucial for any property owner. As a reputable tree care company, the Driscoll Tree Service can help you detect and address hidden underground hazards and their potential effects.

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Utility Lines and Pipelines

The most common underground hazard is utility lines and pipelines. These include electrical cables, gas lines, water pipes, and telecommunications cables. Accidental strikes during construction or tree removal activities can cause severe consequences, such as gas explosions, power outages, or water contamination. It is essential to contact your utility company or a trusted tree service before starting any digging project to locate and mark these lines accurately.

Unstable Soil and Sinkholes

Unstable soil conditions and sinkholes are natural underground hazards that can cause significant damage. Soil stability can be affected by water saturation, erosion, and geological formations. Sinkholes occur when the ground collapses because of the deterioration of underlying rock, often limestone. These hazards can cause the sudden collapse of structures and pose serious safety risks. Hiring a professional tree care company ensures thorough geological surveys and soil testing to identify areas prone to instability during construction or tree-related projects.

Contaminated Groundwater

Contaminated groundwater is another significant underground hazard affecting human health and the environment. Sources of contamination include industrial waste, agricultural runoff, and leaking underground storage tanks. Pollutants can seep into groundwater supplies, making them unsafe for drinking and irrigation. Regular monitoring by professional arborists or technicians of groundwater quality and implementing remediation measures are crucial for protecting water resources.

Buried Waste and Landfills

If not managed properly, buried waste and landfills can pose serious environmental and health hazards. Hazardous materials, such as chemicals, heavy metals, and medical waste, can leach into the soil and groundwater, causing long-term contamination. Landfills can also produce methane gas, a potent greenhouse gas that can cause explosions if not vented correctly. Proper landfill design, monitoring, and waste management minimize these risks.

Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)

Underground storage tanks are commonly used for storing fuel and chemicals. This can become hazardous if they corrode or leak. Leaking USTs can contaminate soil and groundwater, posing significant environmental and health risks. Regular inspection, maintenance, and proper disposal of old tanks are necessary to prevent leaks and mitigate potential hazards.

Whether you are moving into a new home or conducting a tree removal project, understanding and addressing hidden underground hazards are vital for ensuring public safety, protecting infrastructure, and preserving the environment. Contact us at Driscoll Tree Service and schedule a consultation with our arborists to access thorough assessments, implement preventive measures, and follow best practices in excavation and construction. Our tree service experts work with you throughout the process to mitigate the dangers associated with these hidden underground hazards and promote safer, more sustainable development.

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