One of the big reasons why splash pads are so popular is because they are easy to maintain. They are built to be user friendly and require minimal attention in order to function properly. If you are willing to follow some basic maintenance guidelines, your splash pad will last for years and years.
Just like anything you own, the better you treat your splash pad, the better it will perform and the longer it will last. There are a few things you will want to be sure to pay attention to:
One key step in maintaining your splash pad is to make sure that proper levels of sanitizers are present, making it safe to interact with. This is water chemistry, and while it can take some time to understand, don’t be confused or intimidated!
Water Chemistry is pretty easy. Using simple chlorine test strips that can be found at your local pool supply store, you can quickly test the chemicals in the water of your splash pad. These test strips are designed to indicate when chemicals are too high, too low or just right. We recommend that you test your water weekly. This will ensure proper chemical balance and the safe play of your splash pad.
Your pump motor is the heart of the splash pad system. It ‘s what pushes the water from the underground tank through the filter and then on to your individual nozzles. Without the pump, your splash pad will not function.
Fortunately, the splash pad pump does not require much maintenance by the splash pad owner. You will want to make sure the pump’s strainer basket is free from debris and that the lid is tightly secured. A leaky pump lid can allow air into your system causing it to lose prime. Be sure to check the O-ring periodically and make sure it’s properly lubricated so that it makes a tight seal. Also, look for leaks around the pump just to make sure it’s working properly. If you see any leaks or feel your pump is not operating properly, please contact Rain Deck immediately.
Depending on the size of your splash pad, you will have either a cartridge filter or a sand filter. As the water passes through the filter, either a mesh material in the cartridges or sand in the sand filter traps the waste material.
To clean the cartridge filter, simply remove the cartridges and hose them off removing the waste. The cartridges should be cleaned every 2 to 3 weeks or more often as needed. Please follow the manufactures specifications. To clean the sand filter, please follow the manufactures specifications and recommendations for backwashing.