A leaning fence is a worrying sight. Fences are supposed to protect your property while also boosting your curb appeal. But when a fence falls down, it presents a problem that needs to be solved as soon as possible. While it’s fairly easy to build and install your own fence, this task is better left to professionals. After all, they are quick, courteous, and experienced. That way, they can minimize the chances that your fence will sag and then start to lean.
Common Reasons Your Fence Starts to Droop
First off, let’s look at some of the reasons why your fence is unstable in the first place. Perhaps the fence was installed incorrectly; that can happen with disreputable fence companies. Likewise, the posthole depth could be too shallow. Then there’s the possibility that the fence post isn’t secure enough, or the material it’s made from is not as sturdy as it should be. Plus, soil erosion and awful weather can damage the fence.
Inspect the Fence Posts
One way to remedy the situation is to get outside. Go look at the fence posts and check on their condition. Push against each post to see how much give there is. If you feel firm resistance, that’s a good sign. The problem is, concluding that you have a leaning fence isn’t always that simple. The fence base will exhibit odd leaning or sagging behaviors based on rot or tree root invasion.
What to Do About Damaged Posts
So what can or should you do about damaged fence posts? That’s an excellent question, one we’re glad you asked. Try digging up the fence and putting a new one in its place. Make sure the new post lines up with the others. Then, pour concrete to help keep it stable. Alternatively, you could use a second, shorter post. This post would support the worn-out one, keeping it upright. This tactic, of course, will only work if you bind the two posts together.
Hercules Fence of Virginia Beach
Call Hercules Fence of Norfolk and Virginia Beach for your fencing needs. We have decades of experience in the fencing industry. We can offer you the best in ornamental steel, chain link, wooden fences, and more. Our dedicated teams of fencing professionals are highly trained, skilled, and experienced in providing quality fence installations of any type. We’ll work with you to find a fence that best suits your needs and budget.
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