TV Star’s Fake Grass Nightmare

Gemma Merna AKA Carmel Valentine of C4’s Hollyoaks was declared bankrupt this week thanks to a 3 year court dispute over an artificial grass lawn.  After paying £5000 for turf to create a doggy play area, Gemma and her husband returned from holiday to extensive flooding at their dream home.

Inadequate drainage – has caused pools of stagnant water to form, ruining the star’s garden

Water damage – the property’s exterior is severely flooded and the interiors have been damaged

Poor installation – the lawn is dangerous with nails sticking out around the edges

See pictures of the flooded lawn at the Daily Mail online

Told the water would drain away, the couple waited to no avail.  They were then asked to pay extra money for drainage costs and a legal battle ensued.  Gemma was then taken to court 3 times by the artificial grass company for non-payment which has allegedly resulted in her bankruptcy.

concrete base for artificial grass

Hard core base to enhance drainage in artficial grass install

“The £10,000 worth of rubbish” could be a result of poor quality turf or unsuitable ground conditions.  Artificial grass normally has a porous backing to allow water to drain away easily.  The lawn was installed without a stone underlay – which the supplier says they refused to pay for.   Every lawn we install includes a base made up of crushed hard core and sand- as standard.  This is essential for good drainage; eliminating the risk of flooding.

This story also illustrates why we never recommend DIY installation of fake grass. While it may seem tempting to save the money, it is a skilled job.  Drainage issues can cause an inordinate amount of damage that’s devastating for home owners – not to mention costly.

 

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