Dave mentioned the two major deck collapses that recently were in the news.  As an inspector, he checks decks very closely.  What he looks for includes the following:

  • Anchored well for stability
  • Sufficient support for expected load
  • Beam to increase load capacity
  • Deterioration of wood
  • Insect infestations
  • Loose railings
  • Spindle spacing < 4 inches

Decks, of course,  are only one of the many systems he Inspects during a full home inspection.

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