Installing and Maintaining a Splash Pad at Home

Installing and Maintaining a Splash Pad at Home
9/8/2015 9:13:12 AM

No Fault Safety Surface installed on residential splash pad in Indianapolis, IN

Splash pads can transform an ordinary backyard into EXTRA-ordinary FUN! With as little as 100 square feet, you can create a space-efficient aquatic playground that your kids will enjoy year-round. Splash Pads can be safer than a swimming pool, requiring less maintenance and less water too.

Like any other equipment at home, splash pads require proper installation and regular maintenance to ensure optimum performance and safety. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Splash pad installation tips


It’s important that all work in and around the base be finished prior to installation. Discuss design plans, installation, and duration of concrete base work with the manufacturer and slab contractor for timely safety surface installation.

2.Listen to the forecast

Extremes in heat, humidity, and moisture can affect the quality of the splash pad. You want to make sure that the drying phase of the safety surface coincides with a warm and sunny day with no rain—not too hot or too humid—so that the synthetic surface cures properly, without any structural or aesthetic issues. Note too that for areas more than 2,000 square feet, safety surfacing may require 2 or more days to install

3. Use a safety surface

Splash pads that have no safety surface are extremely dangerous for a couple of reasons:

  • Contact with concrete, cement, and asphalt can cause serious injury to the head and body during accidental slips and falls.
  • Such materials as dirt, grass, sand, and gravel tend to absorb heat, increasing the heat up to 10 degrees hotter. In fact, there have been reports of severe burns from splash pads that have no safety surfaces.

A poured-in-place rubber surface like No Fault Safety Surface provides a non-slip, heat-resistant cushion on walkways, splash pads, and other high-traffic areas to guarantee safety at play.

4.Avoid black rubber

Tests show that water treatment chemicals like bromine, ozone, and chlorine in excess of 3ppm can break down chemical bonds in black EPDM rubber. This chemical process can cause the rubber to release carbons into the water.

5.Choose the water treatment system wisely

Constant exposure to high levels of water treatment chemicals like chlorine separate the bond between the rubber and urethane. This will cause the material to break apart and flake more rapidly than a regulated water treatment system. For that reason, No Fault Sport Group doesn’t recommend a treatment system where water is recycled or recirculated. To preserve the integrity of your safety surface, a portable water system where water is regulated every day is preferable.

6.Minimize dust and moisture on installation surface

Non-slip safety surfaces can only be laid down on a dry, clean, and dust-free subsurface. To ensure this, before installation keep the site off-limits and sweep away foreign objects like dust and dirt. Make sure too, that the area has been primed by the installation staff and that surface edges have been flushed or tapered.

7. Keep the surface away from foot traffic

No Fault Safety Surface requires a 48- to 72-hour post-installation curing. During this period, there should be zero foot traffic on the surface.

Maintenance post-installation

1.Conduct monthly maintenance to keep the splash pad stain and slip-free

To prevent isolated stains and slippery spots, routine maintenance every month is highly recommended. Cleaning is best done in the morning or at dusk so that cleansers can work their way into stains and germs without getting dried out too fast by the heat.

2.Use non-damaging products when cleaning

Start by sweeping, vacuuming, blowing, or hosing off the surface to eliminate debris. Steel or tough plastic brushes are a no-no for cleaning. Instead, use a scrub brush with medium bristles to remove tough stains.

3.Dampen the surface and apply a gentle cleanser

To prevent unnecessary friction, wet the surface prior to the application of a cleansing agent. Avoid using harsh, color-leaching solutions like chlorine bleach, strong disinfectants, and concentrated degreasers. We recommend using an all-purpose cleaner like Formula 409, JOMAX® House Cleaner, and Mildew Killer.

4.Avoid contact with solvents and petrol-based product

Bleach, thinners, solvents, and petroleum products such as gas, diesel, and hydraulic and lubricating oils are damaging to No Fault Safety Surface.

Proper installation and regular maintenance of your splash pad is an excellent way to ensure water-play time is safe and enjoyable for everyone.

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