Did you know that May is Deck Safety Month? Each year we hear the stories of failed decks, usually during a gathering and resulting in injury. By performing a few simple checks, you can assess your deck’s overall health and prevent disaster.
Wood Damage – Rot, Insects, Mold, Mildew
Do a visual check around your deck for wood damage. Inspect your deck boards, joists (if you can reach them), beam, stair connections (if necessary), and any wood that is in contact with the ground. If you come across a damaged area, use a screwdriver to penetrate the wood. If the screwdriver penetrates the wood by a ¼ inch or more, you must address the damage.
Ledger Board Check
Your ledger board connects your deck to your home. It is imperative that this connection is correct. If not, your deck could fall away from the house. Your ledger board should be connected to your home with lag bolts and should not show signs of rust or wear. If for any reason the connection seems faulty or has signs of damage, repair this immediately before use.
Flashing is the plastic or metal protection used to keep water away from your deck’s connection point to your home. This needs to be firmly in place to avoid damage to your home and to your deck. Make sure you check the flashing for deck safety month.
Deck Connections – Bolts and Fasteners
Make sure your deck connections are tight. Review your anchors, fasteners, and nails for corrosion and looseness. Replace all corroded material. If you have nail pops, use a hammer to pound them down.
Deck railings need to be secure and should not move or sway. This is especially important for tall decks with big drop-offs.
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