Friday, December 2, 2016

Prevent Ice Damage to Your Dock and Lift This Winter

December is here and the weather is finally starting to feel like winter. Along with winter, comes the possibility of icy waters. In today's blog, your premier boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks discusses the possibility of ice damage to your dock and lift, as well as solutions to reduce your risk.

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Ice Damage 

Ice heaves can occur in bodies of water of all sizes. It's very easy for ice to damage a dock. The freezing water expands, melts, refreezes and expands again causing enough pressure to damage anything still sitting in the water. Large ice chunks floating in the lake can also move with the current, hit your structure with great force and even get stuck and start to build up. To put it in perspective, sometimes ice heaves are powerful enough to move trees. More commonly though, the ice damages docks, lifts and retaining walls. Your dock and your lift are both susceptible to ice damage. When a dock freezes, it becomes less flexible and does not move with the water as the levels reduce. This causes structural stress that can lead to joint breaks and twisted boat lifts.

Consider Investing in a De-Icer 

One of the best and easiest ways to protect your dock and lift from ice damage is to purchase a de-icer. The primary function of a de-icer is to protect your boat dock and lift from icy waters. It's your best defense against costly damage to property due to ice formation and expansion. By creating water movement, a de-icer keeps the water around your dock from freezing. Thus, reducing the likelihood of damage to your boat dock and boat lift at the Lake of the Ozarks this winter season. In addition to the de-icer, you should have a professional come check your lift to add antifreeze to the hoses. If you can prevent the lake water around your dock and lift from freezing, you'll be able to avoid the majority of damage caused by winter weather.

Summerset Boat Lifts is here to help you ensure your lift makes it through the winter season. We offer de-icers, as well as other accessories that are essential to the boating lifestyle. If you haven't already had your lift checked out since the end of the summer season, give us a call at 573-348-5073 to come out and take a look at it. We'll be able to make sure everything is in tip-top shape to make it through the winter so you're ready to roll next spring!

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