Hose Ban? It's Not All Bad News ……..
The threat of a hosepipe ban may drive the fear of dread into every grounds maintenance manager across the country. However for those lucky enough to have a synthetic surface it is not all bad news. The dry weather offers the ideal opportunity to carry out specialist maintenance work to your synthetic pitch which could not otherwise be done in wetter months.
Contaminants will build up on a synthetic surface even if you are carrying out regular drag brushing. Drag brushing although essential to keep the infill 'live' and evenly spread does NOT remove the dirt and debris from the surface. Over time this builds up and as the contamination levels rise the surface will begin to harden and problems with drainage and silt-like deposits will begin to from after heavy rain. At this point a specialist process is required known as Revite®.
Due to the very specialist nature of the operation a Revite® can only be carried out in the dry. The process involves removing the top part of the infill using rotary brushes and whilst the infill (sand/rubber) is air-borne a powerful vacuum extracts the fines and dust which cause the contamination. The cleaned infill is then sieved to remove larger particles before being returned back to the surface. Dependent on the severity of the contamination the process can take anywhere between 1 and 6 machine days to complete on a full sized surface.
The unique process is available through Technical Surfaces who specialize solely in the maintenance of synthetic surfaces operating throughout the UK. Jonathan Gunn, Technical Director states 'As the Revite® process is weather dependent, we normally operate with 3 machines per pitch in order to catch the dry days and avoid down time for the client. Gunn continued 'Although the operation can be carried out as corrective maintenance to bring back pitches that have started to show problems, we like to offer the service as a preventative measure complimenting the process on a bi-annual basis with the clients own in-house maintenance'.
For more information on this Revite® process please contact Technical Surfaces National Office on Tel: 08 702 400 700 or visit www.technicalsurfaces.co.uk
Photo One: Technical Surfaces specialist machines hard at work during the Revite® program.
Photo Two: Silt on an un-maintained synthetic surface.