Waterparks are synonymous with fun and are the ideal place to visit when the mercury rises and you need to beat the heat. Water parks offer a break from routine life to enjoy a fun day with family or friends. The water, different attractions, and sheer thrill from multiple water rides attract visitors of varying ages and walks of life. To have the visitors keep on coming back, the water parks need to have two components:
- Innovation in rides offered
- Upkeep and regular maintenance
Depending on the visitors’ demand and the theme of the waterpark, innovation is a broad topic that can be put off for a while without affecting park attendance. On the other hand, it is easy to reduce the park footfall without proper maintenance and upkeep by putting visitors’ lives in danger and eventually attract legal suits. Regular water park maintenance not only increases the rides’ longevity and creates a safe space for the visitors to enjoy themselves.
Why a Waterpark’s Maintenance is a Top Priority
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What is Water park Maintenance
With wear and tear, things degrade, and unless repaired at the right time, they can break down at the most unfortunate time. Water park maintenance involves inspecting the different waterpark components such as the rides, active water lines, drainage & filtration systems, pathways, etc. In the event of repairs required, fixing or replacing broken parts or shutting off the rides for longer repair cycles. Basic Landscaping such as grass mowing, trimming hedges, and collecting fallen leaves, as well as the pool surface and filter cleaning, are also a part of waterpark maintenance. So, in a nutshell, water park maintenance involves upkeep of the waterpark equipment, ensuring smooth operation, and maintaining the entire park’s visual aesthetic.
Benefits of water park maintenance
- The longevity of waterpark equipment
- Lower repair costs in the longer run
- Smoother Park Operations
- Improved Return of Investment
- Low downtime on repairs
- Clean pool and visually aesthetic park surroundings
Common Water park maintenance Mistakes Committed.
When small repairs or replacements are ignored, they can grow into more significant damages that would end up shutting down the ride or, in the worst case scenario, put the lives of the riders in danger. This causes loss of revenue as well as expensive repair bills. Water park owners tend to cut corners by putting off maintenance or not hiring professional waterpark builders for conducting maintenance. The following are some of the common mistakes committed while performing waterpark maintenance:
1. Not setting up maintenance budget
Scheduling an appointment for maintenance means spending money to have handymen visit the waterpark and conduct an inspection. Some waterpark owners tend to avoid factoring in maintenance costs while drafting the annual budget to save the cost. In certain situations, the ride operator conducted the maintenance, and the waterpark builders or workers are only called when damage is seen. This type of arbitrary appointment runs the risk of delay as the workmen work based on a schedule. So, you may end shutting down the ride till the repairs are done. Similarly, it is essential to book a maintenance service right before the off-season and the reopening. Unless you have factored in a yearly maintenance schedule, you may have a hard time getting hold of an appointment.
2. Not servicing the slide surfaces.
For optimum fun, the slide surfaces should be slippery for the visitor to slide off from easily. Constant exposure to direct sunlight causes the ultraviolet radiation to strip away the top layer and make the sliding surface rough. Additionally, the surface starts to fade, and this hampers the aesthetics of the overall park. By buffing and applying preventive wax on the sliding surface, the degradation is significantly reduced. This way, the longevity of the slides is increased and helps you save on the replacement costs.
3. Unclean Pool surfaces
In an ideal world, the water in the pool can remain clean forever, and you don’t need to change the water periodically. Unfortunately, IRL, the water needs to be changed periodically to avoid the growth of algae and excess chlorine formation, which gives out the ‘typical’ pool stench. The algae is slippery vegetation that can grow on any surface and stubborn enough once infested. Algae formation on the slides’ submerged ends or any other rides can cause the rider to slip while walking across it accidentally.
Some Maintenance Tips for Keeping Waterpark Operations Smooth
1. Book a maintenance service twice
As mentioned earlier, it is advised to book a maintenance service once before closing the park for the off-season as well as before opening for the summer season. Post-closing maintenance allows repairs to be done to waterpark rides broken from wear and tear. Pre-opening maintenance will enable you to do preventive maintenance and buffing of slide surfaces to top off the damage done from inactivity and check the pipelines for underlying leaks.
2. Drain all the water from pipes before winter
Water expands on freezing, and before closing for the winter, drain out all the pipelines. Failure to do so will lead to pipe breakage or cause you to replace your gaskets every spring.
3. Improper Storage of Equipment
While closing for the off-season, storing away equipment such as inflatables, life jackets, or boats safely is vital. This way, damages from bending, buckling, impact can be avoided, and the equipment’s lifespan can significantly increase.
4. Label the different water joints
Instead of having the serviceman inspect the entire length, labelling the different joints makes it easier to communicate the repair area’s exact location. Labelling the joints also makes it easy for identifying and logging the damaged spot.
5. Prepare a checklist
Creating a checklist allows you to allocate responsibilities of the different rides to those running it. This way, all the repetitive tasks for identifying the damages can be made easy.
A waterpark can only operate smoothly if it is regularly maintained. We have explained the importance and listed some of the tips for better maintaining your water park. To expedite the task, it is advised to contact an experienced water park builder such as Splashtacular for your maintenance requirements.