If you have an irrigation system, you might have had people ask you the question, “Don’t those waste water?” Well, if your system is properly maintained, wasting water is not something you have to worry about. System maintenance and checks should be performed at least twice each season:
- Once in the beginning of the season (when you first turn on your system)
- Once in the middle of the season (to make sure it’s functioning properly)
Irrigation system maintenance on an automatic system can be rather complex – sometimes you just need to call in a professional. But, there are some minor tasks you can complete on your own to keep your irrigation system working properly until your next scheduled maintenance appointment.
Realign Irrigation System Heads
Irrigation system heads are constantly moving up and down and can become misaligned. If you notice the water in your system isn’t spraying as far as it used to, that it is spraying in an unwanted direction, or if brown areas are developing on your lawn, you may need to realign or replace your irrigation system heads. To do this, simply twist the sprinkler head while the system is running until it is secure and spraying the direction you desire. If you have a loose nozzle, you may need to do this more often.
Adjusting Heads that are Overspraying
A sprinkler system can create brown spots in areas directly surrounding the sprinkler head – or it could spray your guests and others passing by your lawn when they least expect it! To make sure you’re not wasting water, start by adjusting the system pressure. If your system pressure is not too high, try adjusting the nozzles and replace them if this continues to be a problem.
Replacing Heads & Nozzles
There are a number of reasons a nozzle, or sprinkler head, might need to be replaced. If it is broken by a lawn mower, becomes clogged from debris, or even if it just undergoes too much wear and tear over time, you may need to replace the set. Nozzles and sprinkler heads are rather inexpensive. To replace a sprinkler head, you’ll need to dig out the soil around it and use your hand to secure the sprinkler body. Replace it with the new one before replacing the soil. Make sure to remove the head prior to purchasing a new one – you’ll want to make sure your new head is compatible with your irrigation system.
The tips above are some general things you can do to maintain your system. If you have any more significant problems, you’ll want to schedule an irrigation system maintenance service appointment with a professional. Your local Spring-Green can help you with routine checks and maintenance needs that might arise.
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