shutterstock_136231922It’s that time of year again, and you have your deck out back just begging to be used. You know what that means – party! Surely all your friends and families will want to come experience your lovely San Antonio deck for themselves. But is your deck entertainment ready?

Take a closer look at your deck

When glancing outside to see if your deck is in working order, you should make sure to get up close and personal with it. Make sure to take a close look at every square inch of your deck – even those pesky spots you never usually pay attention to! Check everywhere for wood that has been warped, railings that have been broken, and nails that are sticking out. This is especially important before having any summer get-togethers, as they usually involve at least some people with bare feet.

 

Use a flashlight to make sure that your seemingly “healthy” wooden boards are not starting to rot below – go underneath your deck to see how the underside of the steps and support systems are faring. Check especially for wood that is already rotten (or beginning to rot) and any cracks that may have formed since the last time you checked the boards. If you do notice some problems with the wood, make sure the replacement boards you use look like the ones you currently have – or at least fairly similar.

When in doubt, hire a contractor

If you are at all unsure, you may as well pay the extra dime to hire a contractor. This will free your mind of any second guessing or worry since the paid professional will be able to take care of that for you. The contractor will tell you what (if anything) is wrong, and what exactly needs to be done to fix the problem.

Tidy up the deck

Assuming everything is in working order, make sure you sweep everything off the deck – all the leaves, twigs, and other debris from the outside world needs to go. Then hose it off with the strongest spraying setting on your garden hose’s attached sprayer – the more powerful the spray, the more effective. Pressure washers are a bit different, however, as they could actually harm the wood if they are held to close to the surface of the deck.

 

If your deck is particularly filthy, don’t be afraid to scrub it clean with water mixed with laundry detergent. Long handled brushes or push brooms will work well as a tool for this.

Mildew and algae

These two buggers can be especially pesky on your deck – when you notice them there, be sure to clean it off by using an oxygen bleach cleaner. The mixture you use could be as simple as bleach mixed with water, but be careful! Test one small, hidden section of the deck to make sure your solution won’t damage or discolor the wood. It’s better to be safe than sorry, after all!

 

The San Antonio area is perfect for backyard entertaining, so don’t be afraid to get out there and enjoy your deck!

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