Archive | Sports pitch drainage

Restrict water run-off on to your sports pitch

Prevention of water-logged pitches After the recent persistent rains it should be apparent if water run-off from higher ground is entering the pitch.  Wherever possible run-off water should be diverted away to a safe location.  This could be an adjacent wood, a wetland , stream or natural water course.  Much will depend on the magnitude […]

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Learn from the first rain

Recent heavy rain should highlight wet areas and especially places that collect surface water from surrounding ground. Now, before the rainy season sets in it is prudent to check where surface water can be checked and diverted if possible.  Making sure that pitches only have to cope with the rainfall they receive solves more than […]

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Myths surrounding sports pitch drainage

A number of factors contribute to the success in a sports pitch drainage programme. Installing and maintaining a system is an expensive undertaking. A complete system incorporating slit drainage and sand dressing can amount to in the region of £25000 to £30000. Negligence in just one area can jeopardise the entire investment. The following myths […]

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Solution to water-logged sports pitches

Reducing fixture cancellations If you are looking to reduce cancelled fixtures due to water-logged conditions the solutions are clear and simple. There must be an adequate cross-gradient to promote surface drainage There must be an even grade with no depressions. Water run-off from surrounding areas on to the pitch must be prevented. Secondary drainage installation […]

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The Role of water run-off on grassed sports pitches

Muddy football pitches are common throughout Europe during the wet winter months. In most instances, particularly in the United Kingdom, topsoils are relatively impermeable with high silt and clay content. Infiltration measurements using a double ring infiltrometer are negligible varying between 0.1 and 0.5 mm/hr after they have been subject to compaction in wet conditions […]

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