Artificial Grass Drainage

Does Artificial Grass Drain?

This is a common question regarding artificial grass, especially from customers with lawns that do not face the sun and cannot soak up water. The answer is yes, artificial lawns will drain and you might be surprised to learn that our synthetic grass drains even better than its natural counterpart. 

What Is Drainage?

Drainage is how quickly a lawn can rid itself of fluids like pet urine or rainfall, which prevents flooding and unpleasant odors from lingering. Drainage is highly important for both aesthetic value as well as health and safety reasons. 

The good news is that artificial turf drains even better than natural grass. The backing on artificial grass is designed to be extremely porous and will let even more water through to the underlying soil than natural grasses. Top artificial grasses will drain at a rate of up to 1,200 inches per hour – more than enough to beat monsoon season.

As an added bonus, you can be sure that artificial grass is pesticide-free and isn’t causing toxic chemicals. During a flood, natural grass will absorb floodwaters that may contain lawn chemicals and sewage, making it dangerous for dogs and kids to play outside for some time. Artificial grass won’t absorb or hold on to these chemicals, and washing off the surface will allow for easy removal as the water will drain right through.

How Does Artificial Grass Drain?

The drainage systems of synthetic grass are primarily designed to allow water to percolate through the backing of the turf and drain through the base layer into the water table. Most artificial grass backing is perforated with holes that measure approximately ½ centimeter in diameter and can drain at a rate of more than 30 inches per hour per square yard. 

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 water is actually good for the artificial lawn, as it helps to keep the distribution of the turf beautifully even.

It is crucial to note that poorly installed synthetic grass can cause issues with flooding. 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 years of 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.

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