Gym Equipment Restoration: ‘Work Out’ the Fix


Gym equipment restoration is a viable option for both individuals and commercial gyms after a loss. Flood damage, especially in residential basements, is an all-too-common occurrence that can ruin valuable treadmills, exercise bikes, rowing machines, and other equipment.

A walk through in a local gym reveals dozens of tech-heavy machines that rely on wires and computer chips to operate. Many types of modern exercise equipment include surprisingly complex technology and all of it is at risk after a flood or fire. These loss events can contribute to pervasive exposure to water, chemicals, and, in the case of fire, particles from soot, dust, and debris. In many cases, restoration is an option. This reduces downtime and often allows the insured to get moving again quickly.

A flood or fire event may not be the end of a treadmill or stationary bike. The key is to move quickly to remove moisture from the electronic components and any moving parts that could be affected by corrosion. Certain elements may not be recoverable, but most modern pieces of equipment offer a degree of modulation that allows for parts replacement by a certified restoration technician.

The real challenge in restoring exercise equipment after a flood or fire is structural damage. Intense heat, chemical exposure, and prolonged saturation in water can create both visible and invisible deficiencies in frame integrity. Most often, treadmills use a type of particleboard or medium-density fiberboard in the deck that, once exposed to water, will deteriorate quickly. Any rubber elements of gym equipment are likely to warp in the heat of a fire, creating a risk of snapping or allowing for increased wear. Fortunately, it’s usually no problem to find replacement parts for these components.

When it comes to restoring gym equipment after a loss, trust the experts at Prism Specialties.

Click here to learn more about Prism Specialties or call (888) 826-9429.

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