Storms can bring down massive destruction resulting from heavy rains, winds, snow, and ice. Even when the fence is still standing, there may be damages that are going unnoticed, without a thorough inspection. Homeowners should take the time to look over their fence after a storm. This is easier to do in the warm weather months, as opposed to the cold winter. The longer these invisible damages go unnoticed, the easier it will be for them to totally breakdown. The fence will then become a hazard.

Homeowners should pay particular attention to parts of the fence that have become susceptible to falling objects, such as tree limbs. Make sure these objects are removed as soon as possible. The weight that they’re putting upon the fence can continue to cause damage. When an object is allowed to continue to press upon the fence, it can cause a slow break. The weight-bearing fence will eventually split apart. After removing the object, check all the parts of the fence that could have possibly been affected.

Check the security of the fence’s planks. The degree to which they remain secure with each other will determine how easily they could still fall apart. Jerk and push each plank in the fence to see how evenly aligned the fence is. If fence bottoms are planted into the ground, check the soil around the planks to see if they remain sturdy. When planks are flimsy and not as secure, it may be a good idea to replant them, or to construct the fence in a new way, that keeps the base above ground.

Individual pieces of wood may be falling apart or be splintered after a storm. Any piece that is cracked or splintered should be replaced with a fresh piece of plank. Finding such a piece and leaving it through the cold winter can cause more damage to your fencing. This can further tear apart the other pieces of wood that make up the fence.  The fence should also be inspected from every angle for sharp and loose pieces of wood, which can be a hazard. Nails can also become exposed as a result of shifted planks.