Public spray pads have become wildly popular in many major Canadian cities. These areas in public parks spray water up and down and allow kids and adults alike a cooling refuge from the hot summer sun. Sanitarily speaking, they are easier to clean than a public pool and the water used remains uncontaminated by little kids in diapers or training pants. If you really like the idea of a spray pad, but would prefer to have your very own in your backyard, then here is how you can construct and install your own (with the help of a couple of contractors, of course).
Step One: Install the Plumbing
You will have to hire a plumber to create the water lines from your house out to the spray pad. The yard will have to be dug up to position these pipes, but usually the plumber does not have to dig down too far. As long as the pipeline can go through the foundation of your home and connect to your water supply pipes, the trench for the pipes does not have to go very deep.
Step Two: Installing the Cement Slab for the Spray Pad
Most people do not realize that there is cement underneath the spray pad surfacing because the surfacing material is soft, squishy and rebounds underneath your feet. However, in your own backyard, you will need that cement slab to support the surfacing material. The plumber should have made the pipes extending upward tall enough for your cement contractor to work around as his/her crew lays down the slab formation and pours cement. Once the cement is smoothed and dried, you can add the spray pad surfacing.
Step Three: Spray Pad Surfacing
Specialty companies have created spray pad surfacing that goes on wet and thick (like stew consistency), spreads like cement over the top of your cement slab, and then dries into a squishy, foam pad that protects your feet, toes and anything else from being scraped or banged. It also prevents slips and falls once the spray pad jets begin making the surface material really wet. As an added bonus, you can make the surface just about any color or pattern, making your private spray pad decorative and unique to your yard.
Step Four: Installing Any Overhead Spray Equipment
At this point, you can either remove the spray jet covers that prevented the jets from being covered with cement and spray pad surface material for a basic spray pad, or install some overhead spray equipment. Your construction contractor can bolt the overhead metal pipes to the spray pad and through it into the cement slab below. Then the water jets through the overhead equipment to spray down while a few uncovered jets spray up from the pad.