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Correct 3G pitch maintenance will extend the life of rubber filled 3G carpets by more than 30%.

We offer a range of 3G pitch maintenance packages that can be tailored to suit your budget requirements and help you maximise the life of your playing surface.

Inappropriate maintenance procedures linked to the use of drag brushing and rotary brushing alone will lead to expensive rejuvenation costs within 4 to 5 years. Furthermore, incorrect maintenance procedures will be detrimental to performance characteristics linked to ball and player surface interaction.

All Rubber filled /3G surfaces need to have infill de-compacted, aerated and cleaned to a maximum depth of 30 mm on a bi-annual or quarterly basis. (linked to intensity of use).

All Rubber filled/3G surfaces need to have infill levels regulated to ensure a 10-15 mm pile height clearance.

SMS equipment has been specifically designed by British engineers to penetrate and aerate sand dressed carpets to a depth greater than 30mm in both damp and dry conditions.

Rubber Filled 3G for...
Ideal for football
Ideal for rugby
3G PITCH MAINTENANCE PROBLEMS & SOLUTIONS
PROBLEMS SOLUTIONS
Moss/Algae/Vegetation encroachment Chemical treatment and deep surface clean.
Compromised drainage and infill compaction.
Decompaction/aeration of infill. All rubber filled carpets need to have infill de-compacted, aerated and cleaned to a maximum depth of 30mm on a bi-annual or quarterly basis.
Seam and inlaid line movement Seam repair service by our skilled operatives. Our annual or bi-annual visit would highlight any seam or line movement
Pile collapse/Traction issues
Infill regulation to ensure a 10-15 mm pile height clearance. Top dressing of new infill material
Total failure i.e. combination of all the above and potential over fibrillation of carpet fibre Full or partial rejuvenation of surface, removal of infill and reaplcement material brought in

Rejuvenation and Service Levels

Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

Signs of poor drainage which may require rejuvenation:

  • Appearance of numerous and persistent puddles after light rainfall
  • Slimy residue on the playing surface after surface waters have subsided
  • Infill waste spreading to the outside of the playing surface
  • Surface becoming dangerously slippery, especially in wet conditions

Our rejuvenation process uses specialist machinery to release compacted infill, remove contaminated infill and to then dress and level new infill to appropriate pile height levels.

Service Levels

Service Levels

Sports Maintenance Services offer a complete de-compaction service, which ensures the synthetic carpet is being deep cleaned and aerated, so preserving drainage and safe play characteristics.Effective maintenance based on decompaction ensures rejuvenation and revitalisation expenditures are avoided.

We offer two levels of service linked to regular professional maintenance of synthetic surfaces. Frequency of required service depends upon intensity of use and age of surface. Client budgets can be flexed across both levels of service.

Specialist Maintenance of All  Rubber Filled 3G Sports Surfaces

Professional maintenance incorporating independent testing as standard – vital to ensure safe play characteristics and consistent play qualities.

Benefits

Football/Rugby Benefits

  • Uniform ball roll and bounce
  • Good cushioning underfoot
  • Allows penetrationof football studs and has enough rotational resistance to not fall apaprt through tuft lock.
Problems

Problems with Rubber Filled 3G Surfaces

  • Over compaction is the biggest problem with 3G surfaces
  • If overcompacted the pile will collapse causing it to fall apart
  • If collapsed the pile does not slow football down, leading to F.A. failure
  • If overcompacted, rubber acts like concrete and is unsafe for play and leads to a high bounce and F.A. failure

 

Accessories

If you wish to undertake some aspects of maintenance yourself, we can offer the following items.

  • Chemical cleaning agents
  • Maintenance DIY Kit
  • 24″ walkover chemical applicator
  • Wind blowing back-pack machine
  • Quad Bikes
  • Heavy Duty Drag Brushes & Brush
  • Heads
  • Grooming Drag Mat
  • Sports Silica

Correct Maintenance Procedure

3G Rubber Filled – Correct Maintenance Procedures
Procedure Time Scale In House Outsource
Wind blowing of surface to remove debris or litter Fortnightly
Brushing of surface with drag/rotary brush to agitate pile and surface infill Weekly
Levelling of infill with rubber drag mat Weekly
Inspection of seams and inlaid lines Weekly/Fortnightly
Surface cleaning and decompaction to 30mm Monthly/Bi-monthly
Chemical treatment of perimeter areas for moss and algae Bi-annual (Spring and Autumn)
Remarking of temporary sports lines if lines are not inlaid Annual or Bi-annual
Revitalisation through decompaction and deep cleaning to 30mm Annual or Bi-annual
Top dressing 10-15mm clearance levels Annual
Test reports and certification to FA governing body standards Annual

Recently Completed

We have worked with hundreds of companies across the UK, to provide a professional maintenance service – incorporating independent testing as standard.

Before / After Redhouse School, Stockton on Tees

By using a reclaimed carpet the school were able to save around 50% on material costs and were able to install a high performing sports and play surface within their budget.

Redhouse School, Stockton on Tees

Before / After Rocks Lane Community Sports Centre

The community sports facility had a 2,500 m2 hard standing tarmac area that was dormant and under used. This was identified as a suitable relocation site for the reclaimed grass from Xtraction. The facility requirements were that the reclaimed carpet be installed as a MUGA sports pitch with specific inlaid line markings. The logistical costs […]

Rocks Lane Community Sports Centre

Before / After Everest Community Academy, Basingstoke

The existing full size and sand based MUGA surface was installed in 2007 and was in good condition, however, the Academy’s primary focus had shifted towards football. it was decided to change the surface to a 3G turf, more suited towards football and touch rugby, The standard approach would have been to rip up the […]

Everest Community Academy, Basingstoke

Why choose Sports Maintenance?

Over 15 years experience maintaining sports surfaces across the UK

  • Ensures Manufacturer’s product guarantees for up to 7 years (conditional on maintenance).
  • Installation guarantees for up 7 years (conditional on maintenance).
  • Product knowledge and an understanding of problems occurring due to incorrect maintenance procedures.
  • Specialist de-compaction equipment with a 15 year track record of success in maintaining pitches across Europe
  • Specialist chemicals and chemical equipment for the treatment of weeds, moss and algae.
  • Specialist paints and line marking equipment for marking out or remarking lines on synthetic surfaces.

15 Years Experience

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