One of the hardest parts about having a dock on your property for your boat is the fact that it can end up degrading and becoming a hazard to both you and your boat, particularly if you have been neglecting some of the maintenance that a boat dock requires. Listed below are three tips that you can follow in order to properly maintain your dock.
Replace Damaged Or Missing Planks Immediately
One of the biggest things that you can do in order to maintain your dock is replacing damaged or missing planks immediately. The reason for this is that when you are missing a plank or a plank is damaged, the rest of the dock is going to be under additional strain in order to make up for that missing plank.
As a result, the other portions of your dock can very easily degrade and break over time. However, if you replace that plank quickly, you can prevent a relatively minor repair from turning into a major repair that will cost you a lot of money.
Seal The Wood
Another important step that you should follow in order to properly maintain your dock is to seal the wood. It is even more important to seal a dock than pretty much any other type of wooden structure due to the fact that a dock will always be exposed to water and moisture rather than only being exposed to it during a rainstorm. In order to seal the wood to prevent the dock from rotting and weakening over time, you will want to make sure that you pressure wash any algae and debris from the dock so that there is nothing sitting between the wood and the sealant that you are going to apply.
Hire A Dock Builder To Inspect The Dock
Finally, you will want to make sure that you have a dock builder inspect your dock on a regular basis. One of the reasons for this is that you want someone to inspect the structure underneath your dock, which is going to require a professional that can easily spot structural issues with the dock and who will also be able to navigate under the dock and underwater safely. In addition, a dock builder will also be able to remove any barnacles and other obstruction that are stuck to the dock in order to identify any damage that might be hidden by those obstructions or creatures.
Contact a dock builder or contractor, like one from Abbotts' Construction Services Inc., today in order to discuss what steps you can take in order to keep your dock in the best possible shape and keep it properly maintained. Replacing damaged or missing planks immediately, sealing the wood, and hiring a dock.builder to inspect the dock are all effective tips that can help you keep your dock in the best possible shape and safe for use.