Playground Maintenance Made Easy

Playground

As a homeowner, you may find that your playground isn’t all fun and games.  In fact, this backyard equipment requires regular maintenance to ensure it’s in good shape and safe.  Still, don’t let this extra work prevent you from installing something your family will truly enjoy!  Just stay ahead of these steps and reach out to the professionals when you need an extra hand.  Although playgrounds aren’t the only thing we do, we can handle everything from large pieces of equipment to smaller swing sets.  But first, you should start by…

Doing Regular Inspections

Now that summer’s almost here, you should make time in your schedule to check your playground weekly (if not daily). Especially if you have friends, family, and neighbors that will be using this equipment often, you don’t want to risk their safety.  Look at the area surrounding your playground, too.  Do you notice any litter?  Any trip hazards?  Any indications that someone has been there who shouldn’t have been?  Unfortunately, playgrounds can be a magnet for vandals, so even if you leave it in great condition every night.  You may find an unwelcome surprise when you come out the next morning.

As for the equipment itself, you need to pay even closer attention.  With wood playgrounds, be on the lookout for splinters, nicks, and cracks that could cause injury.  Rotted or weakened wood could also cause problems, so you’ll need to notice and replace these parts as soon as possible.  Metal hardware should be tightened and rust-free for maximum stability. We recommend thoroughly inspecting areas like steps, swings, seats, and chains for signs of wear or tear. Honestly, the most effective method is to get in there!  Go through with a child’s perspective looking for snags, instability, and other potential issues.  Then, make a list and we can get to work addressing these concerns.

Fixing Potential Playground Problems

Take care to tuck away all of the hardware that keeps your playground safe in the first place.  Although we don’t want to remove those bolts, S hooks, or other pieces, we don’t want them protruding and possibly harming a child either.  If you notice any loose or rotting pieces, try to replace those as soon as you can.  Refer back to your equipment manuals and warranties to see if this repair might be covered by the manufacturer.  Or even if replacement parts are still available.  While the kids might complain about a temporary closure, it’s better than risking a playground accident.

You should also plan regular cleanings for both the equipment and the surrounding landscape.  One of the fastest and most effective ways to reach every part of the playground is power washing!  Especially when you work with the professionals at Peak Power Wash.  We can ensure any rust, mold, dirt, grime, and/or graffiti is completely removed.  Leaving you with clean, smooth surfaces that the kids can crawl all over.  After we’re through, make sure you have a thick bed of mulch, wood chips, sand, or other insulating material that will cushion a potential fall.

For more playground safety tips, check out recommendations from the National Safety Council.  In spite of the maintenance and safety concerns, remember a playground is a fun space!  Or at least it should be.  With these tips, you can keep your equipment entertaining and protected.  If you ever need assistance with your regular power washing, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We’ve been serving families and communities throughout Sykesville, Eldersburg, Westminster, Manchester, Mt. Airy, Hampstead, Woodbine, Frederick, Towson, Reisterstown, Owings Mills, Hunt Valley, Gettysburg, Littlestown, and more!  We’d be happy to help you, too.

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