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Timely reminder for residents to 'check their decks'

Friday, 7 November 2014

Timely reminder for residents to 'check their decks'

With the festive season fast approaching, Council is calling on residents to ‘check their deck’ to ensure the structural safety of timber decks and balconies, stairs, balustrades and handrails.

Neighbourhood Planning and Development Assessment Chairman Councillor Amanda Cooper said Council was calling on residents to seek a professional safety check of their property from a licensed building inspector, building surveyor, building contractor, registered structural engineer or registered Architect.

“The festive season is a time for celebrations and gatherings and I want to remind residents of the importance of having compliant timber decks and balconies, particularly on homes dating pre-World War Two,” Cr Cooper said.

“Many timber decks have been constructed pre-1946, using methods of design and construction common at the time, but may have deteriorated over the years.

“You may think you will be able to spot problems just by doing a precursory check of your deck but a visual inspection will not highlight any serious underlying structural problems.”

Cr Cooper said as we moved into the last months of the year it was a timely reminder for residents to book an appointment with a licensed builder or structural engineer.

“Until then I would ask residents to be careful when using their decks, particularly being mindful of the weight load restrictions,” she said.

“Council is committed to creating a safer city for all residents and we want everyone in the community to have a safe festive season.”

Some of the causes of deck failure can include:

  • Lack of maintenance (primary cause)
  • corrosion of metal fittings
  • termite attacks
  • rotting timbers
  • water exposure
  • lack of bracing
  • overloading of decking areas
  • poor construction techniques used in owner/builder constructed decks
  • unsecured furniture on decks, especially during storm season
  • not having a regular professional check.
For more information or phone Council on 07 3403 8888.
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