If you own a water park or you are thinking of purchasing one, then one of the most important things that you will need to know is when your water slides are in need of repair. Water slides are expected to extend up to larger and larger heights, so the last thing in the world that you want is for you to find out that your water slide need repair because it cracks or breaks while one of your customers is actually going down it! You have to protect yourself from possible lawsuits as well as the potential to seriously harm another person by staying ahead of the wear and tear that your slides go through every season. To do this you also have to be able to spot areas where potential problems could arise so that you can address them before those little problems become very big problems. So what are the signs that you may have some potential issues with your water park? Here are some of the most common issues that you may see pop up. If you see any of the signs below, make sure to have your water park contractors take a look at them.
The seams are out of alignment. Each water slide is constructed out of smaller parts that are joined together to form one big long slide. All of the seems that are created when the different parts are joined should always be flush against each other. If one part of the seams starts to jut out, that could signify that some of the bolts that are holding it together are coming loose, or perhaps starting to corrode. Another side effect of uneven seams is that it can create sharp corners or ridges that can be very uncomfortable for a person when they go down the slide. Depending on the size of the ridges it can even lead to injury, so it is very important that you monitor your water slides and their condition from the top to the bottom to observe any areas that could be knocked out of alignment.
Water slides are constructed so that they have a protective gel coating over the top of them so that they can create the maximum amount of slide and the least amount of friction. However, this gel coat will need repair as the slide continues to get constant use. The combination of the force of the water that is being constantly blasted down the water slide and the small amount of friction that is generated between the slide and the human body will cause the gel coating to grow thin and wear off over time. Areas where the water slide twists and turns are even more likely to wear down, so make sure that you are inspecting those areas in particular. When the gel coating wears off, it exposes the bare fiberglass underneath it and this can create a fiberglass burn, which can be very unpleasant for the person going down the slide.