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El Niño and Your Fence: Recovering From A Wet, Windy Winter

Here at FloriFence, we’ve been keeping Tampa Bay and Southwest Florida secured with high-quality fences for over 25 years. After doing business here for so long, we come to expect cool, sunny weather each winter. However, El Niño had different plans for us this year. With tornadoes hitting our region in October, and severe wind and rain in December and January, many properties in our area may need fence repairs or replacements altogether.

How Increased Rain and Wind Can Impact Your Fence

While a good soaking rain can be beneficial, heavy downpours associated with El Niño can pose a threat to your fence in a few ways:

  • Soil Erosion: Heavy rainfall can saturate the ground around your fence posts, causing soil erosion. This erosion can loosen the posts, compromising the entire fence’s stability.
  • Poor Drainage: If your fence sits in an area with poor drainage, excess water can pool around the base of the posts. This prolonged moisture exposure can weaken wooden fences and potentially damage concrete or metal fences over time.
  • Debris Accumulation: Strong winds and heavy rain can bring down leaves, branches, and other debris that can accumulate against your fence. This accumulation can put extra strain on the fence and obstruct drainage.

Protecting Your Fence During Severe Weather

Here are some proactive steps you can take to safeguard your fence:

  • Inspect Your Fence: Give your fence a thorough inspection, checking for loose posts, rotting wood (if applicable), rust (if applicable), and any pre-existing damage. Address any concerns promptly to ensure your fence is in its best condition before the potential downpours arrive.
  • Improve Drainage: If your fence sits in an area prone to water pooling, consider improving drainage by creating a slight slope away from the fence or installing a French drain system.
  • Clear Debris Regularly: Don’t let leaves, branches, and other debris accumulate around your fence. Regularly clear these materials to ensure proper drainage and prevent extra weight from straining the fence.
  • Trim Overhanging Trees: Heavy branches from nearby trees can put additional stress on your fence during strong winds. Consider trimming overhanging branches to minimize this risk.

FloriFence: Your Partner in Fence Security

At FloriFence, we’re committed to providing Tampa Bay and Southwest Florida with top-quality fences built to withstand Florida’s weather. We offer a variety of fence materials, including high-durability options like vinyl and metal, that can handle the elements. Our experienced installation crews ensure your fence is built with strength and proper drainage in mind.

If you have any concerns about your existing fence or know that you need fence repairs or replacements, contact FloriFence today! We’ll be happy to discuss your options and ensure your property remains secure, no matter the weather.

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