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Shelton specialise in the drainage of all types of sports turf and sports pitches. Advanced sports field drainage techniques can be installed quickly and with little disruption to the playing surface so you can ‘drain today and play tomorrow’.
Below is a guide to primary and secondary sports field drainage techniques to help you to identify your issue and how, with Shelton machinery and expertise, you can resolve it.
The removal of excess soil water from a localised area on a fairway, football pitch or race course is going to require the installation of perforated land drainage pipes. The majority of piped systems today would be installed with the main drain off to the side of the playing surface or fairway with lateral piping connected to this main drain at evenly spaced intervals of 5, 7, or 10 metres.
Pipe spacing and size
Where possible try to choose spherical aggregate material as they leave plenty of air spaces for water to flow through. Angular gravels tend to compact over time reducing the airspaces resulting in less efficient drainage. It is best to avoid aggregates with lots of fines as over time pipes can block, reducing the effectiveness of the drainage system.
Shelton recommends the use of Lytag®
There are many benefits to using Lytag®, including
There are lots of things to consider when deciding what type of sports field drainage system is right for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your particular problem and drainage requirements.
If you need to speed up the flow of soil water from your sports pitch surface a secondary drainage system can be superimposed over a piped primary drainage scheme.
Shelton offer four different secondary sports field drainage techniques:
To help you to understand the differences between the various secondary drainage techniques and the cost implications, click here see the comparison chart
If you have any questions about your particular situation or require any advice please don’t hesitate to contact us.
There are broadly 4 options for getting your sports pitch drainage work done. The decision when carrying out work can depend on many factors including budget, existing labour and machinery resources. Please read the below to help you to decide which is the best route for you.
When carrying out your own work it is important to consider the following points:
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