An article published in the Detroit News “Ask Angie” column on October 16, 2015, stated that per the Consumer Product Safety Commission, thousands of people are hurt on decks every year. The higher the deck the more potential for serious injury. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors estimate that only 40 percent of existing decks are completely safe.
That is why the North American Deck and Railing Association recommends an annual inspection or safety check for any deck more than 10 years old. Deck owners should:
- Look for corroded or missing screws and fasteners
- Look for split or decaying wood. To check for wood decay, they particularly recommend that you expose the post where it goes in the ground. If you can push a screwdriver into the wood which is below ground level, you likely have a structural problem.
- Look for weak joints, excessive wobbling, missings flashing and weak railings.