Water needs to go somewhere – how do you handle that? In an indoor paintball field, you really need to address what is going to happen to the water. I have heard from multiple fields that they handle it in different ways. I’ve talked to fields that used extensive under turf draining systems. Others do nothing.
It would be nice to at least have a few drains, maybe at each end of the field. When we had to go in and do the first initial cleaning of the turf – it was handy. We even hooked up a constant flow hot water heater, so we could flood the field with very hot water to wash everything down the drains. We located the drain holes below the turf, and cut tiny little holes to help the water get through. The concept was, the hot water would break up the grease, and it would flow to these drains and out.
The more water you use, obviously the more drains you will need. I also know of people that don’t use drains at all, and they use absorbent materials to soak up moisture off the turf. The place I bought my turf from did their field by sprinkling DE on the turf, then using a pull behind yard pick up device with brushes (for picking up leaves in your back yard) pulled by a small lawn tractor or a 4 wheeler. I’ve also heard of people using kitty litter to try to get up moisture and knock down odors.
We also put drains in the staging area so when mopping, there were floor drains for excess water to go down. Of course now I use GatSplat logo carpet in my lobby – as it goes with the look we are shooting for. This is a bit expensive and requires a lot of steam cleaning, but it’s the look we wanted to go with.
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