If a new boat dock is finally at the top of your to-do list, it's time to start thinking about long-term maintenance. It's not going to be brand new forever, but with proper maintenance you can keep it looking brand new. Here's a quick list of tips that will help keep your dock in pristine condition year-after-year.
Keep the Wood Protected
If you're going to be using treated wood for your new dock, it's going to need some special attention throughout the year. Treated wood holds up well to normal wear and tear. However, if it's not taken care of, it can suffer from premature rot. To prevent rot, you'll need to keep the wood clean and protected. Give your dock a good pressure cleaning at least twice a year. This will remove the dirt and oils that can build up on the wood. In addition to the cleanings, you should also reseal the dock using a waterproof sealant once a year.
Inspect for Barnacle Activity
Your boat isn't the only thing that will attract the barnacles. Your dock will too. Unfortunately, barnacles aren't just an unattractive nuisance. They can also destroy your dock. Don't let those unsightly barnacles destroy your dock. Take a few minutes at least once a month to inspect the underside of your dock. Use a knife to carefully remove the barnacles as soon as you find them. Spending a few minutes each month removing the barnacles will save you hours in the long run.
Make Repairs Promptly
While you're inspecting your dock for barnacle activity, it's also a good idea to inspect for other types of potentially dangerous activity. If your dock is located in an area that experiences high winds, or you're going to be using your dock quite often, the hardware can work loose. Inspect the hardware for signs of problems – including missing or loose bolts. Taking care of minor repairs quickly will prevent costly repairs later. It can also prevent potentially hazardous conditions – loose hardware can cause your dock to collapse.
Go Slow on the Arrivals
There's nothing more exhilarating than a day out on the lake with your boat. Just don't let that exhilaration translate into dock or boat damage. Pulling into the dock with the throttle up can cause extensive damage to both your boat and the dock. To protect both your investments, make sure you throttle down before you approach the dock.
For more tips, contact a company like Abbotts' Construction Services Inc.