With the increasingly changeable weather (I'm writing this from home because I am literally snowed in - in APRIL!) I thought a blog on different types of maintenance would be quite appropriate, as I'd imagine lots of clubs and leisure centres are wondering how to clear the snow from their synthetic pitch.
We have previously blogged about protecting a pitch from frost over the winter, but what can be done with unexpected snowfall? If snow fall is experienced on the surface it can be removed by hand or by machine. Extreme care needs to be taken and this should be done in degrees and in the direction of the seams to help avoid damage. Space is needed at the edge of the surface to store the removed snow, and don't forget to replace any infill that may have been removed when temperatures return to normal. The removal of the snow may reveal a frozen pitch beneath that may need to be thawed... for more information click here.
So what about in warm weather? Well in all weather conditions it is important to ensure that infill levels are regularly monitored to ensure correct and even infill levels are maintained. The infill not only ensures that the pitch performs in the manner it was designed to, but in most cases also acts as the wearing course; thus, maintaining the correct infill levels will extend the life of the facility. It's worth being aware that too much infill can occur on a pitch, and will occur as the carpet pile wears down through general play (approx. 1mm per year). Normally, natural migration of the infill will help to balance out this process, but from time to time it may be necessary to remove the excess infill and restore the correct levels.
Changes in today's climate have seen an increase in the formation of moss, weed and algae growth. Those looking after synthetic pitches should be especially vigilant in areas of facilities which receive little sunlight due to overhanging trees kickboards or general geography. Appropriate treatments should be carried out to the affected area whenever necessary. Once killed (darkened) the area should be brushed or spaded to remove the dead moss/algae.
For more information visit our maintenance page