Lakes, Ponds, River and Your Rink Maintenance


Your Rink Comes First.

Here are several scenarios you may come across after or during your rink building process.

If snow is in the forecast and it has been mild with rain, best practice is to eliminate any snow that falls into the rain soaked surface ASAP as soon as you can.

Simply put, best practice is to remove all slush and snow previous to any work you may do and do it previous to a freeze.

If you can walk on it: once your surface has been cleared and the temperature is below 32 F. or 0 C. then you can flood/resurface it with the Ultimate Flooder.

If you can’t walk on it: With a snow blanket and slush this always poses a problem. If your rink box is filled with slush and a snow blanket it won’t freeze. You must do the following. Remember, the reason why sled dogs sleep under the snow is because it’s not freezing there. They won’t freeze and neither will your water turn to ice…..

  1. Drain or siphon off up to half the  water at your discretion and with it some of the melting snow.
  2. Then re fill your rink box with new fresh tap water which in turn will melt most of the snow. This will depend on how much snow you actually have however and how much warmer your tap water is. Now you have a new starting point and a new freezing will take place. Do not try to shovel out your ice or snow accumulation due to the potential you will snag your liner and puncture it.
  3. Monitoring the weather temps will be a good plan. You are wanting to do this when it starts to get cold to take advantage of the new weather front moving in and the freezing temps that come with it. Your tap water varies in temperature but in the city it could be 5-10 degrees therefore taking hours to fall to the proper temperatures for freezing.
  4. Lastly if you still have some floating snow don’t worry. As long as much of your surface is water it will freeze to ice and when frozen you will be able to walk on it and work on those snow mound areas with hot water and the Scraper 2o. It won’t be long and you will have your rink in skating/hockey shape. Videos are available for you to view and to assist you with your rink maintenance.

Pond Rinks, River Rinks, Lakes 

Firstly let’s just clarify that what we are about to discuss regarding the resurfacing of your lake rink, river rink or pond rink will be your decision and solely your decision and we take no responsibility for your actions to resurface your rink at any time or any place. The following is guidance based on ice that is 8″-12″ thick and based on weather conditions at the time of your flood resurfacing project that would support your travel to your ice rink site on pond, river or lake.

Basic water supplies on ponds, rivers and lakes are usually from below the ice. This can create a problem. Warmer, fast moving water will create unstable conditions and you should not be building your rink in an area of this nature. But let’s assume your rink is situated in a safe quiet natural area. Resurfacing  problems arise when the water temps below the ice are the same temps as the ice itself and those issues are qualified in the following text below.

Air temperatures at single digit Fahrenheit or minus teen Centigrade is very very cold.

When you flood/resurface with this very cold water pumped from below the ice, it sits on top of your ice rink surface and does not bond to the ice itself due to ultra cold temps. YES it will freeze but you need a bond to the existing ice surface to prevent shaling. Shaling is a separation of the new thin flood layer on top of the existing 8″-12″  thick ice. Shaling is caused by the skating action on your ice surface that has not bonded creating ruts and grooves and a dangerous skating surface that becomes a major problem.  In our opinion, it is not worth resurfacing if the surface, after use, becomes dangerous. There are 2 solutions to this potential problem however. What do you do then? See below!

Solution 1. Wait till temps become mild if you are pumping your ice resurfacing water from below the skating surface. The cold water pumped from below will likely now bond to the existing ice surface. When the sun is shining the power to melt and warm is exceptional and the bond becomes real.

Solution 2. Use a hose and water supply from a well or from a tap in your cottage or home as most water drawn from below ground have temps above zero therefore allowing a natural bond to exist. Please note that if your are pumping water from the lake or river to the home and back to the rink this may not be ideal temps for proper ice resurfacing.

Summary: Regardless of your rink size the basic pond, river and lake resurfacing techniques are the same.

Air temperatures at single digit Fahrenheit or minus teen Centigrade is very cold and may not be conducive to successful ice rink resurfacing when using ultra cold water on ultra cold ice.



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