06 Jul 2021
The Importance of Artificial Grass Drainage
Residential turf is a favourite for homeowners because of its versatility. It can be installed easily on a multitude of surfaces anywhere around a property. However, it’s imperative to ensure that there is sufficient drainage during installation whether you choose to apply artificial grass for your backyard, front lawn, or anywhere in between. Drainage is key to the functionality and durability of artificial turf. When you choose turf from Echoing Green, we ensure high-quality draining abilities from manufacturing to installation.
Here’s what you need to know about artificial grass drainage for your lawn.
What Causes Poor Drainage In Synthetic Turf
Poor drainage in residential turf is typically caused by a few different factors. The first would be improper installation. If drainage is not a priority at the point of installation, then there could simply be no pathway for water to flow, causing backups. Water backups can also result from inferior infill, clogging holes designed to channel water and rainfall. Sometimes water back up in artificial grass for backyards simply comes down to poorly-designed turf. Exclusive, European-made artificial turf from Echoing Green is strategically engineered to facilitate drainage.
What Happens If There’s Insufficient Drainage?
Artificial grass for backyards and front lawns that do not effectively drain cause water to back up, resting on the surface of the turf, which can be incredibly problematic in more than one way.
While this is more likely to be a problem with natural grass because of its organic nature, pools of stagnant water are often attractive to pests like mosquitoes, fleas and other unwanted insects, which can be a nuisance and a health risk to people, children, and pets.
Moisture is one of the main conditions for mold growth since mold spores, and other fungi exist in abundance outdoors. Excess water, especially in the dark, hot areas, is conducive to the infiltration of mold and mildew.
Like mold, water that doesn’t drain is attractive to bacteria which can quickly multiply in the right conditions. At Echoing Green, we install artificial grass for backyards with high-quality antimicrobial infill that deters bacterial growth.
Just like natural grass, synthetic turf is slippery when exposed to large pools of water. For kids, pets, and even adults who intend to run and play on backyard turf in Toronto, slippery turf can result in falls and injuries.
However, in addition to its superior draining, the team at Echoing Green installs artificial grass with adequate under padding to soften the blow of any falls and prevent them in the first place.
How to Ensure Proper Drainage?
Good drainage starts at the point of manufacturing. Not all artificial grass is made equal. At Echoing Green, we provide different types of turf designed for various applications, all of which are engineered to effectively enable water flow.
If you plan to put artificial grass onto concrete or other pavements, it’s essential to prepare the base properly to avoid problems in the future. You can do this by drilling strategically placed holes into the surface. It’s always best to choose a professional installation to ensure that every measure is taken correctly.