Whether you like it or not, winter is officially here and that means that it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to care for your dock as the weather gets cooler. Even though most of the Texas coast doesn’t see freezing temperatures during the winter, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t complete a few winterizing steps to ensure your deck can stand up to harsh conditions. Docks are similar to boats that use in this way because they too need annual maintenance to make sure they are performing properly and in good working condition.
3 Tips to Prepare Your Dock for Winter
1. Inspect the Boat Lift
Take the time to visually inspect your boat lift and make sure it is holding air. Look out for loose bolts and damaged parts, repairing and replacing them as needed. Additionally, you should take a closer look at the dock cables for excessive wear, making sure that they are secure.
2. Invest in an Agitator
If you think there’s a chance that you could see freezing temperatures this winter, a bubbler or agitator can help to prevent ice from forming on your dock. By either bringing up warm water from below the surface or creating constant movement in the water, these handy deicers are great for protecting your dock all winter long.
3. Remove It
If your dock is built to be removable, take the time to get it out of the water before the cold weather hits. Standing docks can be a bit more difficult to install in the spring but with a few friends and family members to help, you can ensure that everything is straight and level.
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