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Have You Inspected Your Deck

December 25th, 2010 · No Comments

Being certified home inspector you will need to look thoroughly on the deck on the home during the course of a home inspection. The amount of deck accidents appear to be ever-increasing, because year after year all of us hear on the news or perhaps read in the newspaper about decks plummeting and people getting harmed. There are many issues that promote deck accidents still by far the most widespread troubles are inadequate construction or the decks age.

Every time you retain the services of a home inspector to look at your home you need to be concerned about just how safe and secure the deck happens to be. Below is a list of issues that should be checked out on the deck during a home inspection.

1.            The first thing to check out will be the hand rails; examine the hand rails to be assured that they are solid and adequately supported

2.            Balusters; make sure all the baluster opening is not too wide, 4” in between all of them is normally the actual recognized width

3.            Porch posts; look and be sure all the posts are not rotted and they are braced properly. Look at the post footer and be sure the base of the actual post is secured properly

4.            Check to determine if the deck is properly secured to the house correctly. There should be lag screws or bolts retaining the actual deck to the house. In case the lag anchoring screws are absent and the deck does get overloaded it might crash

5.            Look to find missing joist hangers on all joists, when they are left out this is actually something that can easily be added after construction

6.            Age of the deck is a very important detail to take into account; in the event the wood to the deck is without a doubt decaying it’ll need to be replaced. Should the deck has got a great deal of water damaged wood it will likely be best to replace all of the structure

7.            Check the deck flashing; lots of people don’t realize just how beneficial the flashing is. In case that the flashing is actually missing the location where the deck is attached on the home water might get in back of the ledger and result in the joist which is supporting the entire deck to rot. When the lumber that is definitely supporting the lag screws is rotted away the deck will most likely collapse. If there is an unfinished basement or possibly a crawl space you’ll be able to peek inside at the structure and notice this type of deterioration.

8.            Steps lead to a lot more accidents and injuries than every other part of a deck. Make sure the stairs really are sturdy and well-built.  Be sure all the step risers are and treads are secured properly.


Preston Sandlin and Home Inspection Carolina have providing thorough quality home inspections in the Charlotte NC area for over 15 years.  Preston has a masters’ degree in Education and has taught Home Inspection classes for years.  He also is a certified infrared thermographer.  Home Inspection Carolina has  been on TV many times and has a Charlotte Home Inspector radio show .  So you are in need of a home inspection in Charlotte NC, Gastonia NC, Weddington NC, Mooresville NC, Fort Mill SC or Rock Hill SC call Home Inspection Carolina (704) 542-6575.


Preston Sandlin

Home Inspection Carolina

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