Is it that time of the year when the lake levels drop? When the lake levels drop, waterfront property owners rush to complete repairs and improvements to their boat docks. They have to hurry, as they only have a small window of a few months to get their boat dock in immaculate shape.
However, not everyone is a pro when it comes to knowing what they must do when the lake levels drop. If you have recently installed a boat dock or are planning to install one, you need to prepare yourself for the time when the lake is low.
What Should You Do When the Lake Level Drops?
If you own a boat dock or live in a property built on a lake, you need to do the following things as soon as the lake’s level drops:
1. Check All the Electric Connections
When the lake level drops, you may find your boat dock sitting on mud or dry ground. If you do, use this to your advantage to perform routine maintenance of your boat dock. Examine your boat dock to ensure it’s well-grounded, and all the electric connections are working correctly.
You can also check with your electric company to find out if they offer inspections of electrical connections on boat docks. If they do not, you don’t have to worry because you can always call the company that installed the boat dock, and they can perform a thorough inspection of your boat dock to ensure everything is functioning as required.
2. Install Rip Rap or Repair Seawalls
The only time you will see your seawalls is when the lake levels drop. Use this as an opportunity to inspect the seawalls for repairs and make all the necessary repairs. If you want to install rip rap, the best time to do it is when the lake levels are low.
3. Inspect Boat Dock and Lift Structures
When professionals are inspecting boat docks and lift structures, leave it entirely on them to what to inspect for. You won’t have to go through the hassle of calling them for repairs. This way, they will repair it as soon as they discover it. As soon as the lake levels get low, contact a professional to come over and conduct an inspection of your boat dock and lift structures.
What Else Can You Do?
- Push your boat dock until it is in the water again to keep it afloat, which will prevent damage. If this does not work, clear out the bottom of the lake, by removing large rocks and tree branches
- If you can, get bracing for your floats for your boat dock to sit on when the lake level gets low
Will Low Lake Levels Create Trouble for You?
You will run into problems when the lake levels get low. If you are using your boat during this time, navigate with caution. Some of the hazards that you may come across when driving your boat include rocks, stumps, and other objects that are now exposed due to the lake levels dropping.