Summer heat can wreak havoc on your lawn and garden. Keeping plants hydrated is a necessary part of summer outdoor maintenance. When you’re going through your watering routine, there are some things you’ll want to consider to avoid potential water damage.
- Sprinklers are a common culprit of flooding. To avoid water waste and possible damage to your home and property, it is wise to maintain and check on your sprinklers often to be sure they are functioning properly. Sprinkler heads are made of plastic and easily breakable. If you see one that is not spraying correctly then chances are there is a clog or a break.
- Clean and replace sprinkler heads as needed throughout the season. If you’ve inspected your lines and everything seems to be in good shape but your sprinkler is still having issues, you may have to look underground at the pipes.
- Overwatering your lawn can lead to flooding and disease. Regular watering is better than a light sprinkling. To encourage strong healthy roots, it is recommended that you water a minimum of 1 ½ inches of water a week. Different soils, wind, or rainfall can affect the amount of water needed to keep your lawn healthy. Consider doing a soil moisture test to determine if your lawn is getting the right amount of water it needs.
- Water your lawn in the morning when it is cooler. When it is hot and humid mid-day watering will cause water loss due to evaporation.
- During the summer months, pipes are doing overtime with garden hoses and sprinkler systems in heavy use. Pay close attention to water lines and try to limit using water excessively. You can also alleviate too much pressure on pipes by offsetting dishwasher and washing machine times with when you run your sprinklers.
- Exposed pipes can often show signs of wear and tear from nature’s elements. Be sure to check pipes for damage and replace them if necessary. You can also protect them from future damage with light colored acrylic paint or insulation tape.
- Pipes run underneath your home and connect to your sprinkler system. Watch out for tree root growth that can cause cracking or breaking in piping and sewage lines. Broken pipes will need to be removed, then re-sealed with a new portion of pipeline. A plumber may need to be called to help.
- If you notice even small traces of water in your basement, then call professional services immediately to best avoid a full basement flooding.
Out of Town Travel
- The last thing you want after a trip is to come home to water damage. Before you leave, take precautions and prepare your home for your departure. Turn off your main water valve and consider having a friend or neighbor check in on your home while you are gone.
Sometimes simple watering mistakes can lead to future water damage to your home. Taking the necessary precautions is important and may save you time and money down the road.
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