Does Artificial Grass Drain? What You Should Know About Synthetic Turf Flooding and Preventing Other Issues

July 6, 2023

Does artificial grass drain? This is probably one of the many aspects you will consider when deciding whether or not to install synthetic turf. The answer is yes, artificial lawns will drain and you might be surprised to learn that our American-made synthetic grass drains even better than its natural counterpart.

Whether you require artificial grass for commercial, residential, or athletic needs, we can provide you with the information you need to properly prepare and care for your new, artificial grass. We have more than 45 years of combined experience serving homes, commercial areas, golf courses, athletic fields, school playgrounds and more. Let us help you answer the tough questions about artificial grass flooding.

Artificial Turf: Drainage Problems?

Artificial turf drainage problems are common worries among those interested in switching to synthetic grass. Under typical weather circumstances, these carefully constructed grasses should not flood. However, that isn’t to say artificial grass & flooding is necessarily impossible.

In the much rarer cases when weather is incredibly severe, flooding can occur, but any resulting damage is much more minimal than when compared to natural grass. Synthetic turf is thoughtfully designed with reliable drainage systems. If it does rain heavily, artificial grass can puddle and create small bits of rubble, but the drainage system will quickly take care of any excess water. Unlike mud, the tiny debris that appears out of place can be easily hosed off or cleared with a rake afterwards. Once synthetic grasses are set, a little bit of H2O is actually good for the artificial lawn, as it helps to keep the distribution of the turf beautifully even. There are also environmental benefits to artificial grass, even if it does flood:

– Avoiding annoying street runoff: Natural grass will absorb street runoff when it floods and hold onto it after a storm ends for days after. This is far less of a concern with minor artificial grass flooding.

– No worries about pesticides or fertilizers: Rainfall on natural grass can create puddles of harmful chemicals, which can be especially dangerous for pets and children who play in the lawn.

– Easy to keep contaminants away: Street runoff can contain harmful bacterias from animal waste, sewage, and even gas waste. Since synthetic grass drains well and can be topically cleaned very easily, it helps keep your space healthy for all.

It is crucial to note that poorly installed synthetic grass can cause issues with flooding. If a company does not properly address the sub-base underneath the turf during installation, issues can occur in the long run. Many turf installers will put new drainage soils over preexistent materials, which leaves the root of the problem in place. At Arizona Luxury Lawns & Greens, we’re committed to providing quality sub-base preparation services with weed and sod removal, attention to superior irrigation, and optimal drainage materials.

The Benefits of Having Artificial Grass

When designed with guaranteed durability, artificial turf provides more than just optimal drainage. With up to 20 years of optimal strength, synthetic grasses also withstand the creation of potholes, which will help preserve overall integrity of your lawn. No matter your needs, artificial turf can also provide:

  • More time relaxing, and less time tending to your home’s lawn
  • Comfortable outdoor meetings and gatherings
  • Healthier, greener grass that is safe and non-toxic to people, pets, and the environment
  • Excellent conditions for golfing
  • Safer sports team practices and playground activities
  • A reliable, consistent aesthetic look to your outdoor space

Real grass, by contrast, grows constantly and demands continuous tending. Artificial turf does not require weeding, mowing, or fertilizing, all of which can set the stage for excess mud and mess when it rains. Shifts in the weather create unpredictability, and even in some cases, unsafe conditions. When water accumulates after rainfall, mud and puddles can potentially remain for days. Artificial turf, by contrast, is more resilient to the weather and can prevent many of these issues.

Check out our FAQ page and comprehensive discussion about the many benefits of our quality synthetic turf and services. Read more about our premium installation process so that you can enjoy your serviced artificial turf for decades to come.

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