These considerations will help ensure your SplashPad design is easy to maintain, safe and fun to use.
  • Check and follow local codes and regulations before starting your SplashZone. Some communities consider a SplashZone a swimming pool and require a fence around it, while others waive this requirement as there is no pooling water. Check first!
  • Place ground sprays a minimum of four feet apart. Little guys concentrate really hard watching the pop-ups with their heads down.
  • While laying out the equipment room place maintenance items where they are easily reached. Having clear access to the filter and chlorinator will make cleaning and preventative maintenance simple and more likely to be performed.
  • Slope the drain piping from SplashZone back to the reservoir at 1/4" per foot to provide sufficient drainage. Use sufficiently sized drain pipe to allow proper drainage; undersized pipe will result in pooling water on deck area.
  • Above ground equipment or ground sprays that throw water high should be placed where prevailing winds will not throw the water off the SplashZone.
  • Provide a sufficient apron of concrete between the features on the edge of a SplashZone to contain the water instead of letting it run off the edge. Replacement water and the chemicals required to make it "swimming pool quality" have a cost. You can reduce your operating costs by minimizing runoff.
  • Keep mulch, sand, tree debris (leaves, seeds, etc.) and other such material away from the general area. The closer these items are to the SplashZone the greater their chances of ending up in the filtration system, requiring more frequent cleaning.
  • Slope the SplashZone surface toward the drains at no more than 2% grade for ADA accessibility. Check your local codes as some require grades of no more than a 1.2% slope.
  • Design your piping so that all water can be drained to reservoir, and then all water from reservoir can be drained to waste. This prevents having to "blow out" the pipes with compressed air to winterize your SplashZone.
  • If you are using paver stones for the SplashZone surface, be sure to fill the space between the pavers with concrete instead of sand. Using sand allows water to drain between the pavers.
  • NEC codes require all electrical equipment on splashzones and fountains to be grounded. All metallic equipment should be bonded. A metal junction box with electrical wires should be grounded and bonded.
  • A concrete pad should be poured for the reservoir and the equipment vault. This allows the reservoir and vault to be secured to the pad for anti-floatation purposes.

 


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