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Who doesn’t like a beautiful deck in the summertime? Even though you may be enjoying your time relaxing or grilling out with family and friends I’m confident you have noticed and said to yourself, “My deck is rotting.” Today we are talking about 7  problems and solutions for a rotting deck.


7 Problems And Solutions For A Rotting Deck

My Deck is rotting are four words that come up quite often every spring and summer. To help keep your deck from rotting here is a list of seven free solutions that you can apply.

  1. Trees – Start by trimming back your trees since they can attract ants and other bugs.
  2. Leaves – Removing leaves that are sitting on your deck or that have collected around the base of the deck and the deck pillars.
  3. Berries – Berries that fall of the trees attract ants who then build nests in soft spots in the wood.
  4. Sap – Cleaning up the sap that falls from the trees. It can be hard to remove if it is left to bake in the sun.
  5. Proper Ventilation – Proper ventilation is needed if the deck is built close to the ground.
  6. Potted Plants – keep all potted plants elevated off the horizontal boards of the deck and benches.
  7. Downspouts – they tend to collect water around and near the base of the deck. It is important to make sure that all of your downspouts are directed far enough away from the deck.

Proper Ventilation, Potted Plants, And Downspouts

When building a deck that is too low to the ground air can’t get underneath and causes moisture to become trapped underneath and will cause your deck to rot. Because your deck needs air, it is important to give it proper ventilation. And this can be fixed by building your deck high enough off the ground.

People are often surprised when their deck starts rotting near where they keep potted plants. This is because water drips down from the flowers and keeps the deck wet a decent amount of time and isn’t given enough time to dry. The damp woods also attracts ants who will then begin nesting in the softwood. Keeping the pots elevated off the deck floor will prevent the water from staying on the deck as well as keeping the ants away. Mulched or Stoned edging areas are good places to keep potted plants. The weather can play a part in causing rot to your deck as well.

Downspouts are the most prominent man-made issue. Often the downspout isn’t draining water far enough away from the deck causing the deck to absorb the moisture. This is an easily fixable problem. Because you can go to the hardware store and purchase additional pieces to add to the end of your downspouts and extending them further from the deck. Water can also cause any paint on your deck to start peeling.

Trees, Sap, Leaves, And Berries

While trees can be a fantastic addition to any property by giving shade to your home and the backyard. They also cause problems, besides attracting insects and losing their leaves every fall. One thing that trees do is drop sap. Tree sap is one of the worst things to have on your deck. This is because it looks like sprinkles of water as well as retains dirt. Making the deck look dirty. The sun causes the sap to bake onto the deck and it is hard to get off which damages the wood. A solution to keep sap off of your deck is to trim the trees back and clean the sap off the deck as soon as possible.

Leaves and berries are two other problems that are created by trees. When the leaves fall off the trees in the fall, they collect on the deck as well as around the base. If the leaves aren’t cleared away right or adequately after they fall, then they start to decay. Like the water from potted plants, berries also attract ants. Since they like to nest in the wood ants are a pain to get rid of. Especially in the summer. Because they return to the deck to nest every year. To help keep ants away make sure that the trees are trimmed back. 

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You will be able to great lengthen the life of your deck by remembering to keep leaves, downspouts, potted plants, and insects away from the deck. With the biggest solution to keep your trees trimmed back and keeping the deck adequately ventilated. The same goes for your fence as well. Especially if you have a fenced-in garden or a dog run. And don’t forget to check out this deck stain and seal testimonial.

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on fixing a rotting deck, give me a call. My team and I have been serving St. Charles, Warrenville, Wheaton, Winfield, Geneva, Batavia, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.

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