A big problem fences can experience is when they start leaning. Something that’s more frustrating than the leaning itself is not understanding why the leaning is occurring. If you want to resolve this problem, you first have to understand the potential causes for fences to lean. Here are the main reasons for leaning fencing and how you can fix these issues.
Pilot Holes are Not Deep Enough
With regards to fencing, it’s not just what’s visible that’s important. If people get sloppy when installing fence posts, it won’t be long until problems arise. One part of a successful fencing installation is making sure the pilot holes are deep enough. If they’re too deep, though, adjusting your fence’s height will be difficult. If they’re too shallow, leaning occurs.
A rule to follow is that pilot holes should be deeper with taller fences. If this is the source of your leaning problems, dig deeper holes, then put your posts back in place.
Rotting Fence Posts
If you notice that your fence posts have been rotting, exposure to moisture is likely the culprit. Water has a way of seeping underground and getting to your fence’s base, even if concrete is used.
If you notice that your fence posts have rotted, replace the affected posts with new ones. After that, have your entire fence painted or stained so that it has better protection against the weather.
Fencing Materials Are Getting Older
Sadly, many fencing materials get worn down over time. As an example, wood will initially be very reliable but will eventually give way to incredibly cold or hot climates. There are other ways a wood fence can get worn down, such as the aforementioned problem with moisture, as well as damage caused by termites.
Vinyl fences have concerns as well. Vinyl is a durable material and requires almost no maintenance, but weather can still do serious damage to it. Aluminum fences can end up shifting due to soil shifting beneath the fence, often caused by storms.
If you have old fencing materials, it’s best if you get your entire fence replaced. Some materials could be saved from the old fence, but installing a new one will usually be the safest bet.
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