Are you aware of what you’re missing out on when it comes to your deck? The fact is that a clean and well-maintained deck can increase not only the value of your home but also your quality of life.
Here are some less than desirable consequences of deck cleanliness negligence:
Most insects like wood roaches look for cool spaces like decks when it gets hot out. If you don’t keep your deck clean and dry, these insects will nest in it and make their way into your home, leaving small piles of sawdust as they crawl across area rugs. Additionally, termites will start to look for a new place to live in the wet and decaying wood.
You don’t want your home stinking, do you? If your deck gets damp from rain or debris builds up in hard-to-reach locations, predicative mold and bacteria will start to grow. Since you can’t exactly throw a pretty flower pot on a wet surface, it’s going to smell bad until you clean it off.
Left untouched long enough, pressure-treated lumber will succumb to termite damage which means your floor will become unusable. Worst case scenario, the entire structure could collapse because of rot which puts everything around it at risk.
A wet deck will lead to a wet basement if it’s on the same level, leading to mold and mildew growth. This is not something you want in your home, nor do you want to deal with any of the problems associated with an unclean or unusable deck.
Fortunately for you, keeping your deck clean and dry isn’t hard at all! It only takes a couple of hours every year to keep everything properly maintained. At this point, here’s what needs to be done:
Inspect Your Deck Regularly: Look under the surface of your decking, inspect the caulking and make sure there are no gaps for bugs to get in. If you notice any cracks or holes, it’s time to re-stain your deck!
Clean Your Deck Thoroughly: Pressure washing removes dirt and mold needed to keep out insects. Clean up afterward with soap and water before applying a new coat of stain.
Maintain Wood: Keep pressure-treated wood dry by sealing it with stain once per year (or every other year).
Replace Damaged Boards: If there are any damaged boards, replace them right away since they can be dangerous when stepped on without knowing.
BMS Pressure Washing is happy to be the go-to deck cleaning company in Georgia. Contact one of our skilled consultants for advice on your deck cleaning needs. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment. In no time, we’ll have your deck looking brand new.