Having a lazy river in your backyard isn’t all that different from having a pool. There are proper ways to take care of it, and there are things you can do in the winter to prevent it from suffering any unnecessary damage. There are many reasons why you shouldn’t let your lazy river freeze over in the winter, and hopefully, these tips will help keep you from making any costly mistakes.
The main reason you want to prevent your lazy river from freezing is essentially the same as why you don’t want your plumbing to freeze. Frozen pipes may burst, your pump may burn out, and it can cause a lot of damage to your system. A few hours of frozen water messing with your jets may result in some expensive and time-consuming repairs.
We understand why you shouldn’t let your lazy river freeze over, but what are you supposed to do if it does? You may head out in the morning and see a thin layer of ice forming on top of the water. This ice formation may not be too much of a concern. If the ice is thin enough, break it up into pieces and skim them out of the water. Keep your pumps running to keep the water in motion.
One of the distinct advantages of having a lazy river over a pool is that it’s naturally difficult for it to freeze since water in motion doesn’t freeze as easily. Keeping your lazy river running keeps the pumps and jets moving in a way that prevents it from freezing. Additionally, you may choose to buy some anti-freeze options from your local pool supply store. It may not seem like a good idea to keep the river running when it’s too cold to use it, but it will do wonders in keeping it free of ice.
American Aqua Designs is the leading manufacturer of prefabricated lazy rivers. If you’re thinking of adding a moving oasis to your backyard, you can rest easy knowing you can keep it safe even in icy weather. For more information, contact us anytime. A member of our team will be happy to assist you!