If you live in Metro-Atlanta, you may have heard the news this weekend that a deck collapsed in Marietta sending two to the hospital. The police report that there were fifteen people on this deck which was too much weight for the aging structure. They suspect that the deck had not been inspected and had underlying support issues.
|Ygor Zuniga, with his grandson, Adrian Medina, 6 months, checks out the deck that collapsed at the back of his Lawrenceville, GA house in 2009. About 18 people were on the deck at the time, for a wedding party. Four children and one adult were treated at area hospitals for injuries that were not life-threatening. Credit: AJC|
The American Society of Home Inspectors reports that "more than half of all decks in the U.S. are not built to code and in need of repair or replacement; millions are built incorrectly, have not been properly maintained or are beyond their lifespan of approximately 10-15 years.Since 2003, there have been thousands of reported injuries and more than 20 deaths as the result of deck collapses."
If you have a deck on your home, you can check it right now for signs of trouble. (ASHI recommends doing this once a year) Does you deck have any of these warning signs?
- Loose connections (for example, a wobbly railing)
- Missing connections (for example, the deck is just nailed to the side of the house)
- Corrosion (such as red rust)
- Rot and large cracks
The two most critical areas in a deck collapse are the deck’s connection to the house and the railings.
If you see any of these signs of trouble, or if you simply want the reassurance of having your deck inspected by a certified professional you can find an ASHI certified inspector in Atlanta by clicking here! If you need professional help renovating, remodeling or rebuilding your deck, AK can help. See a few of AK's Atlanta decks here, and contact us here.
Stay safe out there!