Havasu, we were told in the late 1980s by some tree people that the water oak didn't have much more life in it. We have two huge oak trees in the yard. The live oak is closer to the house.
Mr_David, you're right. Several years ago about 1/4 of the live oak tree broke off and fell, hitting the water oak and causing it to drop a branch down on our Expedition (totaled it). The live oak branch fell on the car port and crushed our Honda CR-V. We got a new used Expedition later and then the water oak dropped another branch on our Ford Ranger and totaled it. We got another CR-V (which is the vehicle we use the most now because it gets great gas mileage). We were trying to save up to get another pickup truck so we would have something to haul trash in and such.
Also, I wouldn't want to squeeze through that narrow alley. and man.. vent fan is disgusting.
I think it will be around $15k to treat that tree (and the live oak needs to be trimmed as well-- its branches are touching the roof).
I don't know if the tree can be salvaged. It looked like it was rotten fairly deep in to the trunk. I would prefer to salvage it rather than cut it down. Last time we had the trees serviced, the guy gave us a huge discount for two reasons
1. we were saving the trees instead of killing them; he was from a "tree preservation" company
2. the owner was a friend of my brother-in-law's father and the father called in a favor
So instead of being around $12k it was around $8.7k.
but I bet prices have gone up and I'm not sure if we can get the same tree preservation people out here again because they don't normally operate in this part of the state.
I know I have to be careful about who we hire because the jerkwad the insurance company found for us to cut up the fallen branches and haul them off last time ended up smashing the front fence, running a truck over a water faucet (which was sticking 4-feet up from the ground and was easy to see) and breaking the waterline, and then just left the piles of cut up tree branch in our driveway (and refused to pay for or fix any of the damages they caused). We had to hire someone else to haul the logs out of the driveway and move them to the edge of the property.
Ugh. did not need this right now.. But at least it fell away from the house and not toward it.