Deck Inspections

To begin a deck inspection start from the beginning just as it was built in the first place.

Inspecting the Foundation

Start by eximining the footings and wood post. You should be looking for good drainage so that the footings do not get so wet that they do not have solid earth in which to rest. Then inspect the wood post for rotting and splitting.

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Inspect the Supporting Framing Structure

Move up the post to where the post meets the girder or beam. The girder should rest directly on the post and not connected via lag screws or through bolts only. It is common that you will find the beams on either side of the post with through bolts used to hold the beam. If this is the case with your deck it is very important to check the condition of the through bolts and a good idea to have the post boxed to add support to the beams. You should also check with a 4 foot or longer level to see if the beam is sagging or not. To do this simply hold the level to the bottom of the beam and see if a gap is on either end. It may be easier to go to one end and eyeball down the length of the bottom of the beam you should be able to see quite clearly if the beam is sagging or not. You wil next want to train your eye on the joist and ledger board to make sure the joist are securly attached. The should be fully seated in joist hangers or resting on top of a ledger strip or notched on a ledger strip.

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Deck Bracing

Decks greater than 6 feet above grade should have diagonal bracing from posts to girder, and from posts to joists. Free-standing decks (not supported by the home or building) should have diagonal bracing on all sides. Decks greater than 3 feet above grade that do not have diagonal decking should have diagonal bracing across the bottoms of the joists to keep the deck square.  A deck that is not held square could permit the outer posts to lean to the right or left, parallel to the ledger board, and thus twist the ledger away from the home or building.

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