Is Your Deck Summer-Ready?: Maintenance Tips from Teche Handyman Services.

As temperatures rise and Easter nears in South Louisiana, people will undoubtedly take to the great outdoors for recreation, entertainment, and quality time with family.  Whether it be grilling steaks, boiling crawfish, or simply relaxing outside, we often enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of our own deck or patio.  Decks not only add to the aesthetics of a home, they often add value to a home as well along with providing a great area for recreation and relaxation.  As enjoyable as these structures are, I have been surprised in my work as a contractor to see how many of them go unattended in terms of maintenance which eventually renders them both unsightly and unsafe.  To help you avoid some of these mistakes I have listed a few maintenance and safety tips below that will help keep your family safe and enjoying your deck this summer.

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photo from TODAY

According to the Director of Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory at Washington State University Don Bender, “Decks cause more injury and loss of life than any other part of the home structure.”  The Virginia Building and Code Officials Association says that much of this is due to faulty construction methods, incorrect or unsuitable materials, and lack of maintenance.  Below are five tips that should help keep you from becoming one of those severely injured or worse.

  1. Examine support posts and beams for rot, splitting, or shifting

rotten post

2. Examine all attachment points between house and deck if attached to home

deck ledger

3. Inspect all fasteners (nails, screws, bolts, brackets, etc.) for improper use, rust, and             corrosion.

4. Inspect guards and railings to ensure they are securely attached.

5.  Use grills, heaters, fire-pits, and bbq’s cautiously and ensure safe guards are in place (such as this grill mat ) to prevent fires.

 

Regular deck inspection and maintenance is key to the longevity of your deck.  I believe that much of the degradation that decks suffer is due to the belief of homeowners that it is an outside structure made of treated wood, therefore it does not require ongoing maintenance.  The unfortunate fact of the matter is that any structure or system of your home needs regular maintenance to perform as well as it should for as long as it should.  Yes it cost a little time and money here and there to properly maintain your deck, but replacement will cost a lot of time and money at once should you neglect it..  Thanks for reading.

If you are not exactly sure what to look for when performing a deck inspection or have any questions, call Teche Handyman Services, LLC @ (337) 943-7969 for comprehensive deck assessment, maintenance, and/or repair.

Teche Handyman Services is Acadiana’s Premier Home Improvement Contractor.

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The old saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” may be most true when referencing home maintenance.  Your home is an active, complex, and ever-changing structure comprised of numerous systems affected by many factors .  It was not until I completed a Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors training program some years back that I realized how quickly home integrity issues can not only arrive but also affect other systems of the home ultimately leading to major repairs and their expenses.  Fortunately many of these compounding home degradation issues can be avoided with a little knowledge and pro activity

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Teche Handyman Services, LLC would love to help you gain peace of mind and avoid costly repair bills when possible with one of our Monthly Home Maintenance and Health Assessment subscription options.  Regardless of the size, age, or condition of your home, one of our four subscription options are sure to fit your budget, decrease surprise repair bills, and provide you with more time to do things you actually want to be doing.
Below are our Monthly Subscription Plan Options along with what the homeowner gets each month.
*Subscription to any of our Monthly Plans entitles the subscribing homeowner to a 30% discount on hourly and daily labor rates on additional work performed at the customer’s home.*
BAYOU PLAN – $100/MONTH (Approx. 45min-1.25 Hours)
Replace Home A/C Filter (We provide filter)
Replace Light Bulbs
Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detector Check
Fire Extinguisher Check
Plumbing/Appliance Leak Assessment
Vacuum HVAC Register Coils
Check/Repair Clogged Drains
HVAC Drain Check
Suggest Repairs
Comprehensive Interior and Exterior Home Health Assessment
RIVER PLAN – $200/MONTH (Approx. 1-1.5 Hours)
Includes all Bayou Plan Services Plus The Following
Vacuum Refrigerator Coils
GFCI Check
Water Softener Maintenance
Clean Dryer Vent
Clean Garbage Disposal
Clean Hood Range Filter
Garage Door Opener Check
Backup Generator Check
Debris Removal
Main Electrical Check
Outdoor Faucet Check
30 Minute Repair/Handyman Work
1 Roof/Gutter Cleaning Per Year (If accessible by ladder)
BASIN PLAN – $400/MONTH (Approx. 1.5-2 Hours)
Includes all Bayou and River Plan Services Plus The Following
Vacuum A/C Vents
Attic Check (roof leaks/pests)
Check/Clean Outdoor A/C Components
Attic Fan Check
Attic Light Check/Repair
Crawlspace Assessment/Maintenance
Sump Pump Check/Maintenance
Sanitize/Deodorize Indoor Trash Can
Pool Sweeping/Maintenance
1 Annual Backup Generator Oil & Filter Change
2 Roof/Gutter Cleanings Per Year (If accessible by ladder)
CUSTOM PLANS
Teche Handyman Services, LLC will gladly work with you, the homeowner, to create and customize a list of monthly services to be performed at your home.  Our custom plans allow homeowners to purchase services from all three plans that may not be included in one set plan.  Monthly plans can also be customized for multiple locations for those homeowners and landlords with camps, pool houses, rental properties, and recreational vehicles.  Whatever your need or concern, we will work with you to ensure your home maintenance needs are met.  With each custom plan differing, prices of each plan will vary as well.  Contact Teche Handyman Services, LLC today to set up an appointment for a free Custom Plan Monthly Subscription estimate!

Check out techehandyman.com to learn more about the program.
(337) 943-7969
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