Posted on March 9, 2023
Fortunately, floating dock maintenance for a PolyDock system is easy, thanks to its materials and construction. The keys to effective dock maintenance include regular inspections for damage to prevent problems from getting bigger; making repairs and replacements as soon as you can; keeping the dock clean and free of debris; and adding accessories such as bumpers, stops, or guides to minimize damage from collisions or accidents.
Knowing how to clean a dock is one of the most important parts of owning it. Keeping your dock in good shape means taking steps to prevent damage, keep it clean, and make repairs before they have the potential to become catastrophes. A high-quality PolyDock system is easy to care for. Here are some general tips for PolyDock and other boat dock owners alike.
Regular inspections are key to ensuring your dock is in good condition and that any small problems don’t turn into big, expensive ones over time. At least once a week, walk out to your dock and look at all the important parts. Look for signs of damage from accidents or debris, especially if there has been a storm in your area recently. Check the electrical systems for any problems. Is anything missing or loose? Is the hardware tight enough? Anything that gives you pause should be addressed.
Remember that your weekly visual inspections don’t replace professional help or larger chores. Contact your local dealer if your dock is due for a professional inspection or maintenance.
All the little things (especially the big things) found in your weekly inspections should be taken care of as soon as possible. This is especially true for seasonal boaters who store their floating dock for winter. Ordering your replacement parts now can save you from waiting in line come spring when everyone will be getting back on the water. Making small-scale repairs and replacing parts that need it now will prevent those problems from becoming bigger, more expensive, and more dangerous.
Different boat dock materials require different cleaning techniques to keep your dock looking good. A wooden dock, for instance, will require more thorough washing and inspection to avoid damage from rot or mildew, and you would need to sand and stain the boards every few years to keep them in good shape. Docks with metal hardware or components will require repairs or replacements for rusted parts. You’ll put much less work into cleaning a floating dock made from polystyrene, like those from PolyDock. Water and an environmentally friendly soap or baking soda are usually enough to get the dirt off, or you can use a power washer for especially tough dirt. Sweep away any debris that falls on your dock throughout the season. When it’s time to remove the dock for the season, thoroughly clean the nooks and crannies so that when you get it out the following season, it will look gorgeous.
The right dock accessories can keep your floating dock looking and performing as beautifully as the day you first installed it. Adding accessories to your dock, like bumpers or motor stops, can help keep the sides of your floating dock safe from collisions with watercraft. Adding dock lights can help you stay safe and keep an eye on things, even in the early morning, late evening, or on darker days. Boat lift motors can make getting your boat into and out of the water from your dock easier. And not all of your accessories have to be practical — you can get watersports accessories, furniture, steps, and more from PolyDock.