Caring for your tennis court after a flood

31-Jan-2011

Spinks & Co.’s preferred tennis court maintenance provider, Sportzing has shared their recommendations for the cost-effective recovery of flood-affected tennis courts.

Situation:
Sand Filled Artificial Grass (SFAG) tennis court effected by rising and or flood waters. Surface is covered by a layer of contaminated sediment / mud.

Items required:
High volume fresh water hose (preferred) or Gerni (1800+PSI)
Squeegees
Minimum of 2 people

Step 1
Identify the high side of the tennis court so you can work down the fall line and natural draining direction of the court.

Step 2
Start flooding the court with fresh water, starting at the high side of the court.

Step 3
Using the squeegees, push the excess water with majority of contaminates towards the end of the court. If using a Gerni / water blaster (1800+PSI), operate the lance at a low angle so that only the contaminants are pushed towards the end of the court. Avoid blasting out the fibre supporting sand. Only 3-5mm of surface sand should be removed during this process.

Step 4
Contact Sportzing to assist in the final recovery of the court which will involve the re-sanding and grooming of the surface.

The above process (Steps 1-3) should take two fit people several hours to complete. Although the surface will still “bleed” contaminates over time, the above recommended approach will make the court presentable and playable in the shortest time and at the most cost effective price. The life and play quality of the surface will not be reduced if the usual maintenance program is conducted.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Sportzing Court Care on 07 3275 2811.

NOTE: If the surface has been physically shifted by fast moving water, additional repair work may be required. We recommend you have the court inspected by a Sportzing Area Manager.
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