Important Checks to Help You Tell When It’s Time for a Seasonal Dock Adjustment

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Floating docks are a waterfront favorite, and for good reason! For one, their flexibility means you don’t have to worry about changes in water levels – for the most part. While floating docks handle the day-to-day changes gracefully, those big seasonal shifts in water level need a little extra attention in the form of dock adjustments.

Important Checks to Help You Tell When It’s Time for a Seasonal Dock Adjustment

So, how do you know if it’s time for a seasonal dock adjustment? Here are a few key areas to check:

  • The Gangplank Angle. A gangplank/gangway is a bridge connecting your dock to the land. Ideally, it should stay fairly level, making it easy to walk on and off. If it’s sloping way up or down, it’s definitely time for a dock adjustment.
  • Water Depth Below the Deck. Your dock floats on water; therefore, there must be enough water beneath it to keep it from grounding out. A quick eye check or dipping a pole should give you the answer.
  • Sway Chain Tension. Sway chains keep your dock from wandering too far out. They should be about level with your gangplank – a little slack is good to give your floating dock room to move with the water. If they’re taut as guitar strings, they’ll need adjustments.
  • Binding Points. Where your dock connects to the shoreline (think piers, sea walls, or stairs), check for any spots where it might be rubbing or getting stuck during water level changes. If you don’t address it, binding can damage both your dock and those shoreline features.

The good news is that seasonal dock adjustment is a relatively straightforward task. A bit of attention as the water levels change makes a world of difference. However, if you feel like you could use some professional help, our team at TriStar Renovations & Boat Docks is here to assist. We want you out enjoying your waterfront and not stressing about dock mechanics, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us.