If you have a dock or seawall in Melbourne, Florida, then you know that dock inspections are a necessary part of life. Every now and again, your local municipality may even come by your property and make sure that your docks or boat lifts are up to code. If they aren’t, you’ll be fined and forced to make the necessary repairs. In this post, we’ll discuss having a dock inspection done by one of the professionals at Dock Masters, and top tips for making sure that your next municipal dock inspection goes as smoothly as possible.
Dock Inspection Services
Dock Masters Inc is a full-service marine construction and maintenance company that has been in business, here in Melbourne Florida, for 18 years and counting. We have completed countless dock inspections for both commercial and residential clients throughout Brevard County. Give us a call to schedule your next project, and we’ll send a professional inspector to ensure your dock is up to code and safe for use.
The Dock Inspection Process
When we conduct a dock inspection, our team looks for any violations of state or local codes. We also take note of any areas of the dock that may fall under strict HOAs which when are well able to adapt to. We’ll evaluate things like erosion, where the water line is, if the dock is level and secure, if there are any debris or other hazards around the dock.
If after we inspect we determine we will need to do any construction, we may need to pull permits or obtain local government approval depending on the scope of the work before we can start to replace components or perform repairs.
To make the dock inspection process easier for you, here are some tips to ensure your next dock inspection goes off without a hitch:
- Make sure all the lights around and on the dock are working properly when its dark outside.
- If there is any visible erosion or damage to the area, have it repaired.
- Double check that all railings and ladders are securely attached to ensure safety.
- Make sure the dock’s structural components are in good condition, like pilings, stringers, joists and deck boards.
- Ensure that any electrical wiring is up to code according to local regulations.
- Make sure all of the dock’s plumbing is operational and up to code.
- Ensure that all safety equipment, like life jackets and fire extinguishers, are available and in working condition.
- Inspect any loading or unloading apparatus for wear and tear.
- Check the depth of the water around the dock to make sure it’s safe for boats and other watercraft.
Get A Proper Seawall Inspection Too
During a dock inspection is important to understand that a seawall inspection is different than a dock inspection, even though both types of inspections are conducted by our team of experts. A seawall inspection is typically required when there is evidence of structural damage, such as cracks or leaks. Seawall inspections, on the other hand, can give you a heads-up on things you need to fix before it is too late.
The Importance of a Seawall Inspection
Sea wall inspections are important to ensure that the structure is safe and sound and that it will not cause any damage or injury to your dock. The Seawalls inspection process can be overwhelming and can be very costly if they need to be replaced. Our seawall specialists have the knowledge and experience necessary to recommend the best next step for you. Most seawalls last up to 30 years with maintenance.
Custom Dock Design
In addition to an inspection and possibly helping you repair your existing dock, boat lifts, or seawall, we also offer complete custom dock design and installation services. Our team of experienced professionals will come to your house and help you get the most out of your waterfront, and create a safe, beautiful space for years to come.
Dock Inspection FAQs
How do I know Dockmasters will do an excellent job?
Dockmasters has experience in dock inspection and repair in the Melbourne, FL area. We have a proven track record with satisfied customers, who recommend us to their friends and family. Our team of professionals is highly skilled at what they do, so you can rest assured that your dock will be inspected properly, making sure it meets all safety. Our reviews speak for themselves.
Will Dock Masters help my business with our boat lift if we are in satellite beach?
Yes, we serve people in cocoa beach and throughout all of Brevard County. Even if you are in a city nearby such as Daytona Beach or Ormond Beach reach out to us to see what we can do for you.
How can I get a rough estimate of what the boat lift will cost me?
We provide free quote estimates for customers in Brevard County. All you need to do is contact us to let us know what type of boat lift you need, the size, and any other specifications. We will then provide a quote based on the information you provide. What are some tips I should consider when getting my dock inspected?