When you are evaluating a deck- supports and connections are very important for safety reasons. Decks are where people tend to spend a large deal of time. Sometimes you have guests and want to spend your time outside on your deck. With each person you bring out, the more the structural load increases. Deficit supports will all of the sudden become an issue when it is too late. Take a moment and ensure your guardrails are secured, the steps have handrails firmly in place, and the support posts underneath are not damaged in any way.