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Winter Storms: How Did Your Wood Fence Fare?

solid style cedar fenceNow that winter has blown over, it’s probably a good idea to make sure your fence isn’t about to. The Northwest wind and rain can prove especially damaging to wood fences, and homeowners in Oregon and Washington need to be especially vigilant when it comes to maintaining their fences.

Here’s a checklist to help you get started:

  • Make sure your fence is still level and stable by running a piece of string along the fence posts. If the string appears level, your posts are secure. If you notice any dips or rises, check the nearby posts for damage.
  • Clear away leaves, twigs or another other organic matter from horizontal fence rails, and remove any matter that has become wedged between boards, as this can accelerate rot and compromise your fence’s stability over time.
  • Clear away any debris that may be covering the concrete post supports. Leaves or bark dust can increase the chances of decay weakening the concrete.

Regular inspections, combined with diligent maintenance, can keep your cedar fence healthy and strong for years. Read up on proper fence maintenance to find out how to avoid the most common mistakes Northwest fence owners make.

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