How Basketball Hoop Maintenance Guide Could Make You A Pro?

Imagine you’ve spent a handsome portion of your salary to buy basketball hoop. Few months have passed without any fuss. Then one morning, you discover hoop is laid down into the ground & backboard is shattered

Then after checking the base you've found out water level is not up to recommended level. You probably haven’t noticed yet, the net is worn out

There is rust all over the place. Rim is bent downwards. Height adjuster is also not working properly

So instead of adding a recreational value in your driveway, there is all sort of chaos happening out there

What would have happen if you’ve taken a little care of basketball hoop? Do you realize these small things do matter? Not just for the sake of durability, basketball hoop maintenance is also essential to get a high class performance

These hoop maintenance tips & tricks shall ensure your basketball goal lasts long & continues to offer quality performance even after years

Without further ado, let’s find out how you can maintain your basketball hoop:

1. Keep it clean

A portable basketball hoop is moveable and this is why everyone loves it, right? At the same time, it attracts dust, dirt, mud etc

Same is the case with in ground hoops, they stay in open environment all the time. Infact of the two, in ground hoop is the most affected

So both the hoops can actually get dirty. Not only the newish look can disappear but also the performance of the hoop will be affected significantly

Keeping your basketball hoop in usable condition is your responsibility. That is why keeping your hoop clean bears so much importance 

Some components of the hoop should be on top of your priority list. More often than not dirts stick to these parts. Therefore they should be thoroughly cleaned; backboard, rim, pole, base wheels

Cleaning is simple. You don’t need to purchase any expensive cleaner. You can use detergents & household cleaners

Choose something like dawn dishwashing liquid for acrylic backboards & glass cleaner (white vinegar & water) for tempered glass backboards

Also if there are streaks on your backboard and the sunlight is directly coming at it then the players might get distracted. Therefore give a good scrub when eliminating streaks from there

Do keep in mind, you can’t use corrosive cleansers (bleach). It can cause damages to the painted metal surfaces. To make things absolutely clear, pole & rim cleaning should only be done with a rust preventative, not cleaner

2. Replace the net if necessary

Basically basketball hoops come with nylon nets. They are generally quite durable and don’t wear out easily. They are resistant to inclement weather

Despite saying that you should routinely check the condition of your basketball net. If you see your hoop net is worn out, you must get a replacement then

More than the portable hoops, it is usually the hoop net of in ground ones that get damaged aster. Portable hoops can also go through a lot of wear and tear if you’ve aggressive players on teams

But in ground hoop nets are constantly staying outside. Whether the temperature is too hot or too cold, they have to go through all

Irrespective of the type of hoop you’re using, we recommend to change the hoop net once in every couple of months but don’t look for cheap replacements. Because more often than not, you will be handed a low quality replacement then

It’s not just with the basketball net, it applies to every component of your hoop. If you’re looking for a replacement, try to match the quality of the original product

Because manufacturer has crafted your hoop with the best possible equipment. If you go for cheap quality replacements, who knows you may regret your decision thereafter

Recommended Products:

Spalding Basketball Net

ULTRA Heavy Duty Basketball Net

Galvanized Steel Chain Basketball Net

3. Protect basketball Rim

General rule of playing basketball is, if you can avoid hanging then you will be able to protect your basketball goal rim

But how many of your players will be listening to your words? Nowadays rim hanging has become more of a common practice with basketball players

No doubt there are basketball hoops with pro quality. But keep in mind, excessive hanging on the rim can cause damage even to a professional basketball system. The result is you get a bent rim

Plus some basketball hoops come with inferior quality rim springs, those are in great danger if your players have a habit of hanging off the rim. Because not only it can affect the performance of your hoop but also it poses potential injury risk to players who frequently come in contact with the rim

Broken basketball Rim

For protection, you can pick up a cover of the rim. Contact with your manufacturer to get every details. Also try to select a rim cover that gives you warranty

In terms of high quality performance, breakaway rims are considered best. They reduce the load you put on the system & protect your backboard in the process

Also check the net attachment into the rim. If your net is improperly attached then it’s functioning can injure your hand

4. Prevent Rusting

Rusting is one of the major problems faced by basketball hoop users. It becomes a big deal in the wet season of a year or when there is moist in weather

It is the pole sections which generally get affected most by rusting. A rusted product will be of no use then. We recommend to examine your basketball hoop pole once in a week and it won’t take you too much time, I guess

In case of portable hoops, fix to the lowest height adjustment and store them indoors. They are easy to move so bringing them in a covered area is the best thing you can do to prevent rust

In ground hoops can also be removed from the ground if you’ve installed them with ground sleeve. Otherwise you have to leave it outdoors

Portable hoops (if you don’t have much space indoors) or in ground hoops, if it stays outside then there are few things you can apply in rust prevention:

Lower the hoop, remove the net, repaint the surface & get a waterproof cover

If you still notice rust then wipe the affected areas by using a damp cloth and apply rust converter. After the rainfall, you should allow critical parts of your hoop to dry

5. Check Routinely

Up to this point, everything else needs to be done by keeping an interval of few days in between. But there are few things that you should check out on a daily basis

A. Water or sand level:

This is for the portable basketball hoop. You need to see whether your hoop base is properly filled with water/sand or not

The stability of your hoop depends on the base. You should look to fill it up at it’s maximum capacity. Otherwise your basketball hoop can wobble and a gentle push might be enough to tip it over

Filling basketball hoop base with water


B. Look for cracks in hoop base:

This is a very important criteria if you’re using a moveable basketball goal. Those who fill their hoop base with water should be aware of base leakage or cracks

Because water can be easily drained out of base then leaving it completely empty in no time. If the leakage goes unnoticed, your hoop may fall over. Investment wasted


C. Examine Pole Section:

Look for any form of crack or tear developing in the basketball hoop pole. Not just it diminishes the aesthetic look of your hoop but also it is quite risky to use in long term

The situation can get worse if it happens during rainy season. Because if water somehow enters into the pole, it can cause damage (like rust). Then you should ask for a replacement immediately

Knowing your hoop is safe to play can ensure you enjoy the game at it’s fullest level


D. Tightening hardware & lubricating movable parts:

Portable basketball hoops are frequently moved from one place to another. Therefore you should be extra careful when tightening nuts & bolts. It can get loosened at the time of movement

Or you can be in a hurry and it can end up having not properly secured. You should be solely responsible if anything bad happens

If you’ve height adjustment involving nuts & bolts, make sure there are no loose ends. If it accidentally comes down, you may not get too much time to move away

Besides, you should lubricate all the moving parts so they can properly function without any obstructions in their way

 

6. Respect warranty & follow the guidelines set by manufacturer

Well-known hoop manufacturing brands offer warranty in their products. You’ll also find a warranty book which contains clear cut guideline about caring your basketball hoop. Warranty may not cover the whole product but only for the few individual components so check carefully

Also get the warranty duration in your brain. If you notice any defect or damage in the basketball hoop, ask for replacement before the warranty ends

Warranty book is given for a reason. Instructions are there about what you can do & what you can’t

For example there must be information about which type of cleaner/detergent you can use to clean different parts of basketball hoop. But if you clean all parts with the same cleaner, it can be damaging

So read the instructions and get to know which products you should not be using

Another thing is that some manufacturers clearly say players shouldn’t hang on the rim or they aren’t eligible to dunk. There must be some safety reason and this is why they are discouraging you, right?

Bottom line is that you should always look to follow the maintenance tips recommended by manufacturer. To secure the warranty, you should have a clear idea about warranty restrictions. Otherwise there is every possibility of your warranty getting void

7. Protect from winter

If there is heavy rainfall into your area during winter season you should look to winterize basketball hoop

Portable hoop users should take a clear note of that. At low temperature water can freeze inside the base and it can crack then. Therefore, you will either look to add antifreeze into water or replace with sand

BaseGel is also known for all climate use

For in ground hoops, rusting is a major concern so do as we’ve said earlier

You can read more about winterizing a basketball hoop here

8. Secure From Wind

In ground hoops are perfectly installed deep into the ground so there is no issue with that. But portable hoops can be blown away by a strong wind if not properly secured. There are number of strapping methods & you can try any of them

We suggest you to read our guide on how to keep basketball hoop from falling over

Final Thoughts

If you’re thinking of purchasing an expensive, super sturdy basketball hoop and hoping that this will automatically survive years while completely ignoring the maintenance tasks then you are totally wrong

Lack of care can reduce the lifespan of anything and it is true with the basketball hoop too. And the maintenance of basketball hoops is not something very difficult

Examine your hoop, look for damaged parts then either repair or replace it. Anybody can do it if there is some time in hand

After all, you are doing these things for the sake of your own property. In the end, you get a durable hoop, superb performance & highest level of satisfaction, all of the three

Hopefully you've found this basketball hoop maintenance guide pretty useful

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How to get rust off the basketball pole?

a. Use a sand paper of 180-200 grit & evenly sand down the affected area
b. Clean with soapy water and then dry the surface
c. Get a water based primer, Bulls eye 123. This works as a rust preventative. Also a smooth finish will be created
d. Then the final coating should be done with a high performance enamel spray paint, rust oleum. This is to ensure the moisture can’t go through the paint & damage the pole


2. How to paint a basketball goal?

a. Remove the backboard from the pole. Take out the rim then
b. Scrap & remove old paint
c. Create a stencil
d. Begin painting both the backboard & rim using a quality paint
e. Reassemble the hoop

You get a detailed guide on painting your own basketball goal here

  • September 26, 2020
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