What to do if your synthetic turf field floods?
In the transition between seasons, particularly the switch from winter to spring, the change in the weather is something to always be on the lookout for. However, sometimes Mother Nature throws us a curve ball, and there is no amount of preparation or awareness that can prevent damage caused by drastic or unforeseeable weather conditions. For example, if a large amount of rain is accrued in a short period of time it can cause severe flooding, yielding devastation in the affected areas.
In times like these, it is imperative that we prioritize what’s most important – focusing on the safety of the community’s people and their personal property. As the water recedes and neighborhoods begin to chip away at cleanup, it might be discovered that flooding has caused destruction to extensions of the community like schools and recreational areas. Some of the directly impacted may include athletic facilities equipped with a synthetic turf field. Like the property around them, these fields are spared no exception and are often severely damaged in the midst.
Synthetic fields are designed and built to have reliable drainage capabilities to ensure standing water doesn’t stand in the way of game-time. In the case of a natural disaster like a flood, surrounding storm sewers may be inundated with water, causing it to back up into the system, and potentially flooding a perfectly designed synthetic turf system. While this sort of issue can be initially devastating to your athletic surface and the community around it, there are resources and professionals available to help guide your facility through the process of getting your artificial field back up and running.
If flooding affects your field, the best course of action is to contact your synthetic turf provider immediately and request an evaluation. They should be willing to visit your site to assess the damage and determine the best course of action for remediation post-flood recession. It is also recommended that you take photos throughout the stages of flooding, as well as its respective damage, for comprehensive documentation of the incident.
Facilities that are faced with an unexpected disaster of this magnitude, like Roger Bacon High School, for example, need an experienced professional they can count on. As disappointing, messy, and challenging handling a flooded synthetic turf field can be, there are trusted experts to turn to for guidance and support. For more information on The Motz Group’s capabilities in helping weather-related synthetic turf damage, contact us for an assessment and recommendation for proper remediation.
Other Weather Remediation Services:
Snow Removal: In the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, we sometimes see an overlap of winter weather and activities scheduled on synthetic turf fields. In order to keep things moving without being hindered by snow on your field, you’ll want to clear the surface or contact a professional team to help. Questions about the procedures for removing snow from turf are one of the most common calls we receive during winter months. It’s important to know what is allowed with snow removal from your synthetic turf versus what could harm the surface or the future performance of the field.
Damaging Winds: Sometimes excessively strong winds can wreak havoc on your synthetic turf field. It can cause fallen debris and unwanted materials to blow onto your surface. If strong enough, winds can cause other materials or objects to come loose, damaging the turf. Regardless of how it happens, strong winds can negatively impact your surface. If they do, Motz is here to help. We can provide guidance on proper debris removal, remove the debris for you, and repair areas in which the synthetic turf was effected.
Flood Recovery: Flooding can be devastating and in some cases unexpected. Though synthetic turf fields are built to drain at a high rate, and perform under extremely wet conditions, a flood or flash flood scenario is beyond what any builder can plan for. The Motz Group understands the impact this can have on a community and are ready to step in. We’ll quickly perform synthetic turf water cleanup should this unfortunate situation arise.