Signs your boat dock needs maintenance urgently!

Yes, this is the best time to repair, pressure clean and stain/waterproof all your outside wood fencing, decks and docks. The difference of just pressure cleaning and staining all the above will make a world of difference in the way it looks and also add years of beautiful life to your waterf front investments as well. Safety too! That’s the main reason for me writing today.

I have been very blessed to help and answer a lot of important questions you all have asked. But I have seen a much more reoccurring danger than I truly knew was out there. It seems that a lot of docks out there have serious and dangerous sub deck issues and rotted wood and rusted of bolts, especially where the dock meets the seawall. Just one small gathering of people on the dock may make it collapse.

Check the bent dock in the background.

1st: Check where your dock meets the seawall and look for any dips or separation. This is a serious sign that your dock needs some attention a.s.a.p. before expenses multiply greatly and/or some gets hurt. 2nd: look for low spots on your dock. This is usually a clear sign that your subdeck is in need for some attention right away.

Boat dock with broken sub deck.
Boat dock with broken sub deck.

A client was showing me his dock and when we went to one end near the edge…we were in the water before there was any chance to react. When we stepped near the outside edge at one end, the boards we were standing on had the nails just pull out of the rotted wood on the seawall and the boards just flipped up and we were in the water! In just a split second! After we both got over our phones being ruined we though about the kids and families. That struck a cord with me to write this.

Please take a careful look at your docks. Your decks too. Decks just aren’t usually as dangerous. They’re usually near ground level and not over water. I’m here to answer any questions were ever I can and help. I want to thank my clients that let me make theirs right and it feels good knowing when they use them they will have good thoughts of me for years to come. Most docks, decks and wood fencing can be repaired and made to look amazing when the proper care is given. Waiting is dangerous and will run your costs.

So… Go out and take a look! And if I can help in any way, just give me a call. I may not answer right away because I am almost always busy, but I will get back to you. Thank you all and enjoy our early spring!

Clean deck looking good.
Clean deck looking good.