Safety Tips For Spray Pad Surfaces
A home splash and spray pad can take the place of a pool to provide a fun way to play outside and cool off in summer. For many homeowners, these pads are ideal since they don't require the heavy upkeep or carry the same risks as a traditional swimming pool. This doesn't mean they are without concerns, though. It's vital that you choose the right surface as well as the proper safety features to minimize the risks of injury. The following tips can help.
Tip #1: Choose the right surface
The correct surface for a spray pad must provide traction to prevent slipping. In commercial pads, brushed concrete is the most common because it is anti-slip and durable. The main concern with standard brushed concrete is that it is hard, which can lead to injuries.
For residential pads, resilient surfaces are sometimes used. These are special rubbers that can withstand water, sun, and chemical exposure while providing a more cushioned surface in the event of a fall. These surfaces are more expensive than brushed concrete surfacing, but they can be well worth the cost if you are concerned about injuries.
Tip #2: Control moss and algae
A major concern on a home pad that may not be used heavily is that moss and algae may grow on the surface. This creates a slick surface that is more likely to result in a slipping hazard.
Brushed concrete is easier to maintain in this regard. The texture of the concrete will naturally provide more traction, even if moss is present. It can also be quickly cleaned with a dilute bleach solution and a deck brush.
Rubber surfaces will lose much of their traction if moss grows. You must also use a manufacturer recommended cleaner to avoid damage, and more scrubbing may be necessary to fully remove any moss or algae growth.
Tip #3: Prevent surface hazards
The standard spray pad may have several surface hazards. These include drainage grates, openings for water sprayers, and low-lying spray features. Any metal surface items, like grates, should be painted with a brightly colored rubberized paint so that the metal doesn't get hot. Also, opt for designs that have wide grate surfaces so a foot or toe can't become snagged.
Nozzles and sprayers should also be painted in bright colors. Opt for designs that are tall enough to be seen easily to prevent tripping. You may also want to place low features next to taller features to prevent children from running across the lower tripping hazard.
For more help, contact a spray pad surfacing contractor in your area.