Today, most homeowners prefer to handle home projects on their own, stump grinding included. However, as you consider possible solutions to stump removal, it is critical to approach the project with the seriousness it deserves. If you have an unsightly stump that you want out of your property and are thinking of removing it by yourself, then there are several questions that you need to ask yourself. The answers to the queries will give you a good idea of the magnitude of the task ahead and whether you should do it yourself or hire the services of a professional.
How Big Is the Stump? -- The size of a stump determines the removal process because grinders come in different sizes. Some are small and easy to operate while others might need hauling by a trailer. The bigger the stump is, the bigger the grinder and vice versa. For instance, if you rent a lawn mower–sized grinder for a 12-inch stump, a lot of effort would be required due to the size mismatch. Not only will you spend a lot of time working on the stump, but you could also end up having to hire a professional, thereby increasing the costs involved.
What Is the Expected Amount of Cleaning? -- When you're grinding a tree stump, the dust expands in volume because of the presence of air. If you are doing this for the first time, then you are most likely going to be surprised at the amount of debris left behind. In this case, you would have to hire the services of a garbage remover which might require several skip bins at a cost. Having a good idea of the amount of debris expected will help you in planning for waste removal.
Do You Have Safety Measures in Place? -- When you're grinding a stump, all manner of debris is hurled in different directions. Therefore, it is necessary to put safety measures in place before you start grinding away at a stump. However, it is not as straightforward as one would imagine because some factors are beyond your control. For instance, you cannot make your neighbour move their car just because you want to grind a stump. They have a right to agree or refuse. If you have the necessary materials to ensure the safety of everyone, then you can carry out a project. If not, a professional service provider will be a good idea.