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Seal Wooden Docks
Treated lumber is the best type of wood to use for a dock, but it still requires annual sealing to prevent drying and mildew. Prior to sealing the dock, clean it with a pressure washer, remove any mold and algae with a dock cleaning solution and sand the surface to remove anything that will inhibit the absorption of the sealer. Allow the dock surface to dry completely before using it.
Inspect Underwater Support
If your boat dock has an underwater platform or piles for support, have it professionally inspected to look for any damage. Working the water around a boat dock requires a strong swimmer who understands safety and has extensive knowledge of dock structure.
Remove Organic Attachments
Large amounts of barnacles and other creatures attached to a dock can cause damage you won't be able to see without their thorough removal. Remove any plants and animals attached to the dock surfaces with a putty knife and then scrub the areas with a mildly abrasive pad.
Repair or Replace Damaged Areas
Minor damage such as holes and scrapes in a wooden dock may be repairable with wood putty or other treatment, but for a larger amount of damage, you may need to replace some of, or the entire dock platform. Hiring a professional to repair or replace your dock is the best idea as they have the proper knowledge about the best materials to use and safe installation.
Repair or Replace Hardware
With regular use, the hardware and accessories on a boat dock can loosen, rust or break. Replace any missing or damaged nails, screws or other fasteners and always use fasteners that can withstand the heat and water of Florida. Treat any chains with lubricant regularly to prevent rust and replace rusted links.
A boat dock built by knowledgeable professionals with high-quality materials has the best chance of surviving South Florida's heat. Duncan Seawall, Dock & Boat Lift offers dock-building services with standard features including the use of marine grade pressure treated pilings, decking materials ranging from wood to composite and stainless steel fasteners, that are all designed to ensure a lifetime of boat dock enjoyment.