If you are located in an area that experiences particularly harsh and bitter winters, you may be wondering how that will impact your mini golf course. It is necessary to take the necessary precautions for winterizing your miniature golf course when the weather gets colder. This is in order to protect your investment and ensure you can get back into the game as soon as possible when weather conditions permit.
Take Note of Your Main Water Supply
If you run a seasonal mini golf business (i.e., you remain open over the winter months), you should contact your local water utility and request that they turn off the main water valve during the off-season. Next, consult with a local plumber on how to safely blow out your water supply pipes.
Centrifugal Pump Winterization
Turn off the power to your centrifugal pumps before removing any fake rocks and the intake filter. You might need to unscrew the check valve or filter assembly and store these components indoors. After draining excess water out from your systems and blowing out the plumbing for your fountains, it is recommended that you pour RV antifreeze into each suction hose, water fountain, and waterfall discharge pipe. Last but not least, you should fill the ponds halfway with water to protect it against heaving.
Submersible Pump Winterization
Remove these pumps and store them in a heated indoor area. Next, remember to replace the turbine oil in your submersible pumps every 12 months. If your waterfall and/or fountain systems are equipped with check valves, you should drain and blow out excess water. Don’t forget to pour several gallons of RV antifreeze down the pipes of the waterfall and fountain. It is recommended that you put a cap on the top pipe of your waterfall and upper pond. To protect your pond against heaving, fill it halfway with water and place an old automobile tire inside it.
Concrete and Masonry Winterization
A little winterizing maintenance for your concrete surfaces will ensure that they remain attractive and sturdy when ice and snow thaw in spring. For starters, you should inspect and stop the progression of cracks. Use a sealant that visually blends with the texture of your concrete. In addition, it should be flexible enough and does not pull away from the sides of the crack as the concrete contracts or expands due to temperature fluctuations. Remember that sealing should be done before temperatures drop. This prevents moisture in snow and ice from soaking into the concrete surfaces of your mini golf course. At Harris Mini Golf, we provide patching materials to help prevent water penetration.
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