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How to prevent your deck from collapsing

The North American Deck and Railing Association says deck collapses are on the rise. Millions of decks across the U.S. are aging and were built prior to important safety codes.

Charles Nrhoden, Jr. said the first thing homeowners need to do is make sure their deck is properly bolted to their home.

"The bolts should be every two feet. So if they are not seeing bolts go into their house every two feet, that deck can collapse with enough people on there," Nrhoden said.

Contractors also said that homeowners should not neglect the wood they stand on. Robert Wilson, Alnew Renovations, recommends getting your deck power-washed and sealed every two or three years.

"Waiting too long to get it sealed will cause the wood to crack, and of course that makes the structure weaker," Wilson said.

Homeowners also need to remember to look underneath their deck. Weather damage can lead to warped wood and sinking support posts.

A final tip from the experts: Make sure you know who you are hiring. The contractors we spoke with said the best thing you can do is check with the Better Business Bureau before making a hire.

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