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How to Straighten a Leaning Fence

The aim of having a proper fence is to prevent unauthorised access to a home or business premises. Security today is very important and everyone is keen to ensure their family or employees are safe. A fence at times can lean and need to be fixed immediately. In this post, we discuss some of the causes of fence leaning, how to fix the problem, and how to prevent burglars from gaining access.

Causes of leaning fences

Various factors can contribute to having a leaning fence. They are:

  • Poor weather involving strong winds, snow, and excessive rain can contribute to a fence becoming weak.
  • Old age of the wood leads to twisting and bending of posts. Shrinking as well can cause cracking of the wood and cause it to lean.
  • Improper setting during post installation. Improperly installing a fence denies it a proper foundation to lie on. This eventually leads to the fence leaning after a short duration.
  • Rotten posts contribute to the weakening of a fence due to a lack of proper support.
  • Improperly set posts eventually become weak and are unable to support a fence. This leads to leaning.

Through the identification of the various causes of leaning fences, it is easier to identify a solution of how to fix it.

Fixing a leaning fence can be through straightening a leaning post by reinforcement or by replacing a whole damaged or old post with a new one. Various ways of straightening are as highlighted below:

How to straighten a leaning fence

  • Remove the soil around the leaning post and pile it somewhere together.
  • Check to establish if there is any rot on the post to determine if you need to change your post or reuse the previous one.
  • Adjust the post to ensure it is in a straight position and ensure your other posts are in line with it.
  • Add cement footing to make a concrete post setting. This gives it a strong and upright standing and prevents any possible leaning again. You can equally refill the hole with just soil if you decide not to use cement.
  • If possible, apply a fresh coat of paint to give your fence a nice appealing look.

Having repaired a leaning fence, it is important to know the best way to prevent the issues from happening again in the future. Here are some good fence maintenance practices:

How to maintain your fence to ensure durability

  • Always check to ensure your wood post is well treated to prevent rot.
  • Ensure you have proper drainage for water to avoid retention of water near the posts. This is to prevent rotting of the posts and eventually making it weak.
  • Ensure you collect any debris that may be around your fence to avoid rotting when decomposition occurs.
  • Cut any tree branches that may extend over your fence. Extended tree branches can damage your fence when it falls on it during heavy rains or due to old age.


Having an upright and strong fence gives a sense of security in a home or in a business establishment. It assures you of your privacy and peace of mind in your activities. The most important thing to do is to learn how to maintain a fence and carry out any repairs immediately when necessary.


For quality fencing you can trust, look no further than Barnard Fencing. As a local Nottingham fencing manufacturer, we provide, install and maintain an assortment of products, including wooden fencing, eco fencing, trellis work. We pride ourselves on our meticulous attention to detail and efficient approach to all projects we undertake. To get your free, no obligation quote, simply get in touch with our friendly advisers – we are always happy to help.


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