When it comes to natural turf fields, there is simply more involved. Not only is the field never perfectly flat, but soil erosion and clogging can cause clogging and water backup. When the field is covered in standing water, it’s not only more dangerous to play on (if it’s playable at all), but it’s less attractive when teams are deciding which fields to play on. The result? Fewer ticket sales.
Don’t let your field fail due to something as easily fixable as drainage. Hydraway requires less maintenance than conventional systems and offers superior results. Plus, it’s easy to install and retrofitting existing systems is one of our specialties.
Natural Grass Field Drainage
Without all of the technical features of a synthetic turf field, natural fields rely on an effective drainage solution to a much greater degree. Maintaining a field is critical to ensuring a state of quality play and conventional perforated pipe drainage systems are often lacking, especially in the long term. Perforated pipe systems are prone to:
Clogging Due to Silt Intake – Because perforated pipe systems don’t use a needle-punctured fabric that is thermally bonded to the drainage surface, silt easily intrudes and causes clogging.
Water Buildup – Water buildup on the surface of fields reduces player safety, makes the game less enjoyable to watch, can result in canceled games, and even promotes mosquito growth.
Soil Erosion – Over time, a drainage system that does not mitigate soil erosion will lead to the destruction of the entire field. At best, not mitigating soil erosion results in increased maintenance costs.
Water carved the Grand Canyon; just think what it can do to a natural soccer, football, or baseball field if left unchecked. A field without adequate drainage not only poses a safety risk to the athletes running across it; water can quickly deteriorate the field and make it unplayable.
Hydraway allows water to flow over more of the drainage surface while resisting clogging.
Football Field Drainage Design
Team Sports, like football, that involve competitors running at full speed over the entirety of the surface take quite a toll on whatever field they are running on, especially if that field is covered with natural turf. The problem is only compounded when the right drainage solutions haven’t been installed properly. Not only will the risk of injury push teams (and therefore, paying attendees) away, but the field itself could be destroyed.
Hydraway is designed to allow water to flow over 70% of its surface and resist clogging from the dirt in a natural field. What this means is that water is diverted off of the field quicker and away from where it can cause damage.
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