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

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

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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.

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