Tree branches falling
I was wondering if someone could help me. My home is surrounded with around 12 or so trees. Most are pecan trees that have not really given us edible pecans and the others - I'm not too sure. They are HUGE. I have included a couple of pictures of their size compared to the home.
We live outside of Houston where we have had extremely hot weather this summer and a few rainy days lately. Starting about a month ago, I was inside when I heard loud crashes after a night of storming. I went outside and saw a few large pieces of fat branches (about 5 inches in diameter) fall off two of the trees located in the front of the house. I was really scared since this is usually where my dog likes to hang out. I picked them up and noticed they were extremely light and felt soggy. Now, we've been having a few days of rain and again, and a few days ago, I noticed more branches have fallen down.
Then, two days ago, I noticed a tree branch that I had never noticed before hanging extremely low in front of our side entrance. The extremely long branches come from a tree directly behind the house. I followed it to find it was breaking off and was only being held up because it was supporting itself on the house. We just cut it down today. The middle of the branch feels really moist but please look at the pictures cause it looks weird.
Can someone please tell me what is going on? or have any ideas why this is happening all of a sudden and what I can do to stop this? I find this extremely scary thinking this can all fall on me at any moment. I imagine I will have to cut off the rotten pieces but is there any way to stop this? Does anyone know why this is happening or what is wrong with the trees? I would like to just know what I'm dealing with before calling someone to cut down the trees that give my home all the lovely shade. Not to mention that I know the cost of cutting all these trees down is going to be.. hmm expensive.