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MA Handyman Gives 5 Steps for Fall Deck Inspection

As the summer starts to near an end and the autumn season is approaching, it’s time to start preparing your deck for the changing weather and increased outdoor activities. A thorough fall deck inspection is essential to identify structural issues or maintenance needs, ensuring your outdoor space is safe and secure for gatherings and seasonal weather. That’s why this month, your local MA handyman at Pro Plus Services is giving you a guide on inspecting your deck this season to ensure that it’s safe and durable for the colder months.

Check for Signs of Wear and Tear

Start your fall deck inspection by visually examining the entire structure for signs of wear and tear. Look for cracks, splinters, or visible damage on the deck boards, railings, and support posts. Pay special attention to areas often exposed to moisture since water can cause faster deterioration of wood and metal materials. 

Inspect the Ledger Board

The ledger board is a critical component that attaches the deck to the house. Carefully inspect it, ensuring it’s securely attached with lag screws or bolts, not just nails. Check for any signs of water damage or rot around the ledger board area, as this can compromise the stability of the entire deck.

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Evaluate the Railings and Balusters

Railings and balusters are critical for preventing falls and providing safety on your deck, especially during rainy or snowy weather. Check that all railings are securely fastened to the deck and that balusters are in good condition without any splinters or cracks. 

Test Stairs and Steps

Stairs and steps on the deck can become hazardous if they’re not properly cared for and maintained. Inspect each step for stability, making sure that they’re not loose or wobbly. Check that the stair stringers are firmly attached to the deck and that the treads and risers are free of damage or rot. 

Look for Signs of Pest Infestation

Pests like termites can cause significant damage to the wooden components of your deck. Look for any signs of pest infestation like small holes, sawdust-like material (frass), or weakened wood. If you suspect a pest problem, it’s crucial to address it promptly to prevent further damage.


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If you find any issues during your inspection, we encourage you to reach out to our team at Pro Plus Services to schedule an appointment for repairs to get you ready for the colder months. Keep in mind that this is not a complete list of things to inspect but, instead, to get you started! If you have any questions or concerns about your deck, contact us today for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!

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