Fallen tree limbs, heavy winds and other debris can wreak havoc on even the most well-built fence or deck. If your yard falls prey to a nasty Northwest storm this winter, don’t despair — help is available, and in most cases the situation can be salvaged.
Here are some steps to take if your deck or fence has sustained damage in a storm:
1. Survey the damage. Before you approach your fence or deck, make sure the situation is safe. Look for downed or sagging power lines nearby; if you spot any, stay away and contact your power company. You should also scan the area for other potential hazards, such partially broken tree limbs that might fall. Before stepping onto your deck, check the ledger and supporting posts to ensure it remains stable.
2. Take photos. Don’t start removing debris or cleaning up until you’ve taken photos of the damage. If it turns out you need to make an insurance claim to cover repairs to your fence or deck, you may need documentation showing the full extent of the damage.
3. Get an insurance estimate. If the damage to your fence or deck is significant enough to warrant a repair, call in a decking or fencing materials contractor to assess the problem and provide a repair estimate for your insurance company. At Rick’s, we work with all major insurance companies and offer a free on-site consultation as well as a free insurance estimate for storm-damaged decks and fences.
By coordinating with your insurance company and hiring a quality contractor for the repairs, you can have your fence or deck looking good as new again for spring.
Read more about deck maintenance after a storm.