Quantcast

Check your deck: How to make sure it's safe - Greenville, NC | News | Weather | Sports - WNCT.com

Check your deck: How to make sure it's safe

Posted: Updated:
GREENVILLE, N.C. -

In our state, two decks have collapsed in the last two weeks. Accidents, experts say is rising as more people create outdoor living spaces.

So how can tell if your deck is an accident waiting to happen?

9 on your side talked to licensed home inspector, Jeff Mathis of Jeff Mathis Home Inspections, to find out ways the average person can detect an unsafe deck.

"Are the nails in place, are they holding the deck down nice and flat, straight lines, nice and smooth, no ripples, no sagging at any point," said Mathis.

Mathis also suggests, checking to make sure the deck is properly attached to the home with bolts, post, and nails.

Another way to check your deck, compare and contrast your deck with a print out of your city's deck building code to ensure it is constructed properly.

Mathis also says people need to make sure they wash and seal their decks once every few years.

"It needs cleaning and sealing. IF it's not cleaned and sealed, people make the mistake and impression treated lumber will last forever. Treated lumber will rot and it will rot fairly readily, if it's not maintained properly," said Mathis.

For a deck evaluation checklist click here

  • Most Recent SlideshowsMore>>

  • AP PHOTOS: Coal-exporting town fights rising seas

    AP PHOTOS: Coal-exporting town fights rising seas

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:56 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:56:37 GMT
    Norfolk is trapped between the causes and consequences of global warming.
    Norfolk is trapped between the causes and consequences of global warming.
  • AP PHOTOS: Cambodians attend Khmer Rouge tribunal

    AP PHOTOS: Cambodians attend Khmer Rouge tribunal

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:36 AM EDT2014-07-30 12:36:41 GMT
    By The Associated Press Buddhist monks and ordinary Cambodians attended a hearing Wednesday in which a U.N.-backed tribunal prepared for the genocide trial later this year of two surviving...
    By The Associated Press Buddhist monks and ordinary Cambodians attended a hearing Wednesday in which a U.N.-backed tribunal prepared for the genocide trial later this year of two surviving leaders of the...
  • AP PHOTOS: Face of Syrian war seen in youngest

    AP PHOTOS: Face of Syrian war seen in youngest

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:28 AM EDT2014-07-30 08:28:08 GMT
    At Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp near the border with Syria, the horror of the neighboring country's civil war can be seen in the faces of its youngest refugees.
    At Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp near the border with Syria, the horror of the neighboring country's civil war can be seen in the faces of its youngest refugees.
Powered by WorldNow

3221 South Evans Street
Greenville N.C. 27834

Telephone: 252.355.8500
Fax: 252.355.8568
Email: newsdesk@wnct.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.