Protect Your Floating Docks from Outdoor Elements. Floating docks are a costly but worthwhile investment. Like everything else, they need regular care and maintenance. Without dock maintenance, you will have to deal with the damage that could have been prevented. As a result, you will be paying more in repairs.
However, you can prevent costly repairs by taking the following measures that can protect your floating dock from outdoor elements:
1. Ensure Your Dock is Properly Installed
If a storm comes your way, your floating dock will become unstable, causing it to tip over in the water. You need to ensure that your boat dock is properly secured. For this reason, we do not recommend installing a boat dock yourself.
2. Take Pictures of Your Dock Periodically and Look for Changes
Get into the habit of taking pictures of your boat dock once every month or once every two to three months. You can print the pictures out to check and compare them, or you can upload them on your computer.
For instance, exposure to outdoor elements, such as heavy rain, may have caused your dock to slope down into the water. By examining the changes in your dock, you can deal with the issue properly, stopping it in its track, and taking preventative measures quickly.
3. Use a Water Pressure Washer to Clean Your Dock Each Day
You can buy a water pressure washer, or you can rent one. But since you need to wash your boat each day, it will be more cost-effective to buy one. Washing your boat dock will remove mildew, debris, and dirt, whereas failing to clean your boat dock can cause these things to weaken the wood. Contact professionals for annual maintenance where they thoroughly clean the boat dock.
4. Seal Wooden Floating Docks to Prevent Dry Rot
Wooden canoe docks can succumb to dry rot if not sealed. Water can enter wooden boat docks and cause it to rot. If your dock is made of wood, buy a sealer to protect it from the river and lake water as well as rain. A sealer works as a barrier between the dock and water. It eliminates moisture build-up and ensures the dock does not rot.
5. Add Bumpers to Your Dock to Prevent Boats from Getting Damaged
If your boat is parked in the water near your boat dock, you can place bumpers on it. The bumpers will act as a barrier between your floating dock and boat. In stormy and windy weather conditions, your boat may collide into your boat dock, but because of the bumpers, your boat and dock will remain undamaged.
You can rest easy, knowing that when the storm calms and you inspect the damage, you will find your floating dock and boat in good condition.
EZ Dock Texas sells floating docks to residents in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. We do not only install a boat dock, but we can also provide you with information on how to maintain it. Contact us at 800-654-8168 for a quote.