In a recent post we discussed how to protect your wood fence in winter. Giving your fence regular check-ups after storms is an important part of winter fence maintenance, so we decided to provide you with a checklist so you’ll be ready for your next winter storm.
Granted, snow’s been a little scarce in the Milwaukee area lately (see this article in the Greendale Patch), but winter weather can be unpredictable. It’s best to stay prepared.
Wait until the storm has passed completely before you begin. Then follow these simple steps.
- Walk the entire perimeter of your fence, both sides, to make sure that you spot everything.
- Look for downed power lines and call your power company if you see any.
- Look for downed tree limbs and remove them.
- Remove wet leaves and other wet vegetation from your fence.
- Remove mud from your fence.
- Remove debris from concrete fence post supports.
- Check for loose fence posts.
- Look for other signs of structural damage that may need repair.
Loose fence posts are often the biggest issue after a big winter storm. They can bring down your whole fence if they’re not addressed properly.
If you’re a confident do-it-yourselfer, you can handle this by re-setting the posts in fresh concrete. You can also try to prop up the fence posts with wood bracing. This isn’t a good idea for everyone, however.
Most people will benefit from at least having a consultation with a fence contractor. We offer free estimates for fence repairs, for example, simply because it’s not a good idea for most people to attempt to work on their own fences.
In fact, sometimes it’s better to let someone else handle debris removal, too. You won’t always be able to simply pull a large branch away with your hands, for example: it may need the attention of an axe or a saw.
If you do decide to tackle the job yourself make sure you wear the appropriate safety gear, including gloves, goggles, and sturdy boots. Home improvement work can be a little perilous even when conditions are good. Things get even more unpredictable during the winter.
If your fence starts looking a little shaky after the next winter storm remember that you can always call us for a free estimate, or fill out the form to the right. We’ll be happy to assess the damage and to talk about your options for fixing the problem.
Great tips. Between the rain, wind and cold temperatures, winter can be hard on a wood fence. Spending time outdoors may be the last thing most homeowners want to do this time of year, but a little extra maintenance now can help increase the life span of your fence and reduce the problems you’ll encounter come spring.