TOM: After a season of snow, ice, salt and sand, it’s a good time to give your deck a safety check. Hi, I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete with today’s Money Pit Home Improvement Minute. Most home owners know to clean and stain wood decks every few years, but too few take the time to check for safety threats.
TOM: First, check under your deck for split or rotted beams as well as corroded fasteners. Nails, screws and even bolts may come loose over time, so pay extra attention to where the deck attaches to the house for signs of weakness.
LESLIE: Make sure railings, banisters and steps are secure and fix cracked deck boards be removing and flipping. With no sun exposure, the back side will be as good as the day it was first put down.
TOM: Finally, use a hose and sturdy broom to remove leaves and debris from the deck’s surface. And then eliminate moss, mildew, mold or algae with a product like Spray & Forget or other commercially available cleaner. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete. For more Money Pit Home Improvement tips, visit moneypit.com.