Although your deck or patio installation is designed to handle just about anything thrown on it, some can still fall victim to damage from weather and standing water. When it comes to decks, it is always better to address water damage immediately than wait for a more convenient time to make repairs. Any existing water damage will only grow worse and more costly the longer it is left to linger. While your trusted deck or patio company is always available to perform a professional inspection, there are also a few forms of water damage you can catch on your own. Here are three of the easiest dangers to spot.
- Splitting and Cracking
Splitting planks are not necessarily the result of water damage, but they are a great home for moisture. Deck boards can crack over time for a variety of reasons, whether due to normal wear and tear or as a result of hail damage. The problem with these splits is that they rarely stay the same size. Water damage and fluctuating temperatures can make cracks much worse and more expensive to fix the longer they are left unrepaired.
- Missing Nails
Nails can also work their way out of decks over time. Again, this can be the result of natural aging or due to storm damage. When nails become loose, however, they can allow water to penetrate into decking. Problems can compound if the nail is completely missing, as water can sink deep into wood and put you at risk of developing rot.
- Mold and Mildew
One surefire sign of water damage on decking is mold. When you notice mold on your outdoor living space, it lets you know that water has been festering in that spot for a while. It is especially important to check areas that do not get much sunlight for mold, as it loves to collect in dark and damp places.
If you notice any of these signs, call your contractor for deck repair.