Aquatic Lift Maintenance By S.R.Smith

Aquatic Lift Maintenance
A regular maintenance program is required to maintain
the appearance and function of your S.R.Smith aquatic lift.

The maintenance program includes thorough cleaning of
all lift components. Insufficient cleaning leads to a buildup
of chlorides and other aggressive chemicals that exceed
the corrosion resistance of the stainless steel and other
materials used in the construction of the lifts. The
required frequency of the cleaning depends upon the
environment where the lift is installed. Table 1 below is a
guideline for recommended cleaning intervals for
different types of pool environments. The table is a
recommendation and actual required cleaning intervals
should be adjusted as required for the particular environment
where the lift is installed.

Harsh Environments
Some pool environments are more corrosive to metal
equipment than others. Environments that are considered
highly corrosive include: indoor pools, salt pools, and
outdoor pools located near coastal regions.
In indoor pool environments, chlorides and other
chemicals are continually being deposited onto the
surfaces of the lift components, even when the lift has not
been used. The humidity in the air of indoor pools is
water vapor containing chloride. Chlorides and other
chemicals are deposited on the surfaces of the lift
components through a cycle of condensation and
evaporation. In an indoor pool environment, pool lifts
should be rinsed thoroughly with fresh water on a daily
More thorough cleaning with mild soap (non-chlorinated,
PH neutral, dishwashing soap) and warm water is
recommended on a weekly basis.
Chlorides from dissolved salts will break down the
passive (protective) layer of stainless steels and aluminum.
Lift equipment installed on salt water pools or located in
coastal regions should be rinsed daily with fresh water.
More thorough cleaning with soap and warm water is
recommended on a weekly basis.

Mild to Moderate Environments
Outdoor, non-salt pools that are not located in coastal
regions are considered mild to moderately corrosive
environments. In mild to moderately corrosive environments,
it is recommended that the lift be thoroughly
rinsed with fresh water daily when the lift has been used.
Thorough washing with soap and water may be done
once or twice a month depending upon the particular
environment. The lift should be cleaned before there is a
noticeable buildup of chemical deposits or corrosive
Cleaning Process
Daily Cleaning:
• Thoroughly rinse all external lift components with
fresh water.

Weekly Cleaning:
• Wash all external lift components with warm fresh
water containing mild soap.
• Use a soft cloth along with the cleaning solution to
wipe down all lift component surfaces.

Table 1: Guideline for Recommended Cleaning Intervals

Pool Environment   Chlorination   Corrosion Factor     Cleaning&Maintenance      Frequency

Outdoor pools,              Chlorine           Mild/Moderate      (Rinse with fresh water  -Daily,          in-land

Wash with soap and water -Monthly)

Outdoor pools,              Salt                     Moderate        ( Rinse with fresh water -Daily,

Wash with soap and water -Weekly, Remove any visible signs of rust or staining with a nylon brush -Monthly)

 Outdoor pools,          Chlorine/Salt        Severe     (Rinse with fresh water -Daily,

Wash with soap and water -Weekly, Remove any visible signs of rust or staining with a nylon brush -Monthly)

Indoor pools,              Chlorine/Salt       Severe    (Rinse with fresh water -Daily,

Wash with soap and water -Weekly, Remove any visible signs of rust or staining with  a nylon brush -Monthly)

• In some cases, it may be necessary to use a soft
nylon brush to remove rust or staining.
• It is recommended that the stainless steel actuator
tube be cleaned when the actuator is in its fully
extended position so that the entire length of the
actuator tube is exposed.
• After all surfaces have been wiped down with the
cleaning solution, thoroughly rinse the entire lift
with fresh water.
• A quality automotive wax may be applied to help
maintain the finish of the lift between scheduled
• Metal lift components that are not powder coated,
including hardware, are more susceptible to
corrosion and staining. It is recommended that
particular attention be paid to these components
when cleaning. Using a cleaner such as Bon Ami®
to clean the non-powder coated surfaces will help
to minimize corrosion and maintain the appearance
of the parts.
Do not use: chloride containing cleaners on metal components,
abrasive cleaners, or steel wool. All of these things
can cause damage to the surface of the lift components and
promote further corrosion.

Battery and Controller Care
Keeping your battery charged is critical to maintaining
function of the lift. Allowing the battery to fully discharge
will damage the battery. The battery should be charged
when not in use, or when the pool is closed. It is also
recommended to have a spare battery so that one can
be charging while the other is in use, or in case that one
battery fails. The batteries should be swapped daily with
one battery always charging.
Temperature extremes will affect battery life and
performance. In regions where temperature extremes
are common, it is recommended that the batteries be
kept in a temperature controlled environment when they
are not in use or while they are charging.

It is also important to make sure that the battery and
controller terminals are kept clean to ensure that they
are making electrical contact. The battery and controller
terminals should be checked weekly for any sign of dirt
or corrosion build up. To clean the terminals, a small
plastic bristled brush or nylon scouring pad can be used
to gently remove any build up on the terminals. If your
battery or controller terminals are showing any signs of
corrosion, it is recommended that dielectric grease be
applied to the terminals to inhibit further corrosion.

Gear Maintenance
For lifts that have rotational movement in addition to
lifting movement (PAL, Splash! and aXs Lifts), it is important
to check that the gears are in good working order
and not showing signs of excessive corrosion. The gear
assemblies should be inspected monthly to verify their
condition. If necessary, use a plastic bristled brush to
remove any buildup of rust or other material and use
LPS® 3 corrosion inhibitor, or similar product to prevent
further corrosion.

The lift should be inspected daily for loose or missing
hardware, proper function and battery charge status.
Monthly inspection of the lift should be done to ensure
that there is no excessive corrosion occurring on the lift
which could compromise the lift’s structural integrity. For
units that have plastic covers, the covers should be
removed or lifted so that the hidden parts of the
structure can be inspected. If any components show
excessive corrosion or wear, contact your authorized S.R.
Smith dealer for replacement components.

Table 2:Maintenance Summary
– Check battery level before each use / Charge battery -> DAILY
– Wipe Control Box and battery connection with a clean dry rag -> DAILY
– Examine lift for any damage, loose or missing hardware -> DAILY
– Test for normal operation -> DAILY
– Make sure all cable connections are properly secured -> DAILY
– Clean and spray gear assembly with a heavy-duty rust inhibitor/lubricant such
as LPS 3 – Heavy-Duty Inhibitor -> MONTHLY
– Inspect lift frame, mast, support arm and seat assembly for rust -> MONTHLY
– Rinse entire lift thoroughly with fresh water daily (depending upon use and
environment) -> DAILY & WEEKLY
_ Cleanse all external metallic surfaces with a warm water and soap. Apply wax to maintain the finish of the lift. Choose a quality automotive wax that is safe for powder coating -> WEEKLY & MONTHLY
– Cleanse all battery connections with a nylon scouring pad. Apply dielectric
grease to terminals -> MONTHLY


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Wichita, Kansas
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