The solution to the above problems is to have the docks and pilings strengthened and firmly supported. Various techniques are frequently used which can extend the lifespan and longevity of your boat slip. The following are possible solutions along with brief descriptions of what each method entails.
Years of wood boring by worms can significantly damage your dock pilings. When you identify the damage made by the wood borers, there are two options you can choose from to fix the problem. The first is pier replacement and the second is dock piling repair. Because of the costs involved and the implications of the first option, in most cases, it is advisable to settle for the second solution.
During the pile wrapping process, the piles are thoroughly and completely cleaned. Any and all debris is scraped off. After that, an internal barrier is carefully wrapped around the pile and covered with a PVC jacket which stops water from accessing and penetrating the wood piling. These methods starve off any existing or remaining worms thereby preventing further damage to your piles.
Most boat slip maintenance companies have modern dredging equipment which can easily be deployed from a location that minimizes damage to seawalls, docks, and the waterfront.
During dredging, the material removed is pumped into containers which are usually sealed. Inside these containers, the sediments are allowed enough time to settle and separate from the water. Finally, the water is directed back to the dredged area and the sediments carried away for disposal.
Bulkheads and seawalls play a strategic role in protecting your waterfront property from destruction and land erosion. When the structural rigidity of bulkheads becomes compromised, they need to be repaired. Replacing them is also another option, but it is quite an expensive process.
Bulkheads are made of wood planks and are such vulnerable to wood borers. When repairing bulkheads that have a few holes, the work is a bit lighter because all you need is to dig down the plank to expose the hole and screw in a pressure treated board to cover the hole.
In cases where the bulkhead has lots of holes, a technique known as capping is used. In this process, pressure treated planks are overlaid on the old planks. The last type of bulkhead repair is usually done in a scenario where a number of pilings have decayed. When this happens, the tie rods which hold the pilings together may rip through the wood. The best way out is to install a new bulkhead or seawall for protection.
When doing bulkhead repairs, your contractor should use a variety of materials to bring out not just the protective aspect, but the aesthetic one as well.