Ready or not, the heat wave is coming. Your sprinklers do a lot of work to keep your lawn looking good during the hottest months of the year. Taking the time to maintain and keep them functioning at peak level will go a long way.
Adjust Your Controller
- The irrigation controller plays a big part in your sprinkler system. It works on a schedule to ensure your lawn gets the water it needs at the right time and at the right quantity. Before you start watering, check that your controller is in good working condition.
- Lawns watered too much or too little may suffer. It is recommended that a system provide approximately 1 inch of water per week during the middle of summer, if it is not raining. Check the settings and make adjustments to the schedule as necessary to keep up with hotter days and months.
- A lot of automated irrigation systems have a rain shut-off disc. This small cork like device expands when wet and clicks a button, making the system skip its next watering cycle. Inspecting and maintaining this part will ensure that water is not wasted.
Check for Slow Leakage
- If your system has a leak or does not turn off as scheduled, you may have to deal with high water bills and flooding. After switching off your watering system, do a quick yard check.
- A leak in the nozzle after shut-off is an indicator of a leaky control valve.
- If there are issues with a single sprinkler running after the system is shut down, this may be a mechanical error or a control scheduling mistake. In this case, switch off the controller to determine what the problem may be. If the system shuts off, then the controller was the problem. If the water continues, shut off the primary water supply. You will then need to call a technician to check the operating systems.
- Position is a big deal when it comes to sprinklers. Too low and the water will miss spots, and you may have flooding around the sprinkler area. Too high and the sprinkler may be more prone to damage from lawnmowers, weed whackers, and other outdoor activity.
- To make adjustments, remove the sprinkler, set it to the recommended height, then reconnect.
Check for Clogs & Replace Broken Lines
- To start off the watering season, your system needs a test run. This will help you determine what needs to be adjusted or repaired. Before running the test, do a walk around to inspect each head and remove any debris that may block water flow.
- Also keep a close eye out for damaged heads. If sprinklers are bent be sure to straighten them out carefully. Replace heads that are broken.
Check All the Parts
- Irrigation system parts go through a lot in the winter months. After checking sprinkler heads, valves, pipes, and all other components of the system should be checked for possible damage. Repairs should be fixed right away. Delaying repairs may lead to wasted water, inconsistent watering, increase of pests like mosquitoes, mold, or even damage to your home’s foundation.
- Puddles, soggy spots of grass, or sunken ground are indicators you may have a pipe or valve leak.
Check for Power Surges
- If it’s your first time turning on your irrigation for the season, it’s important to do a test of water pressure. If water is turned on too quickly, causing a surge, weak valves or pipes could be damaged.
- Start by slowly cracking the valve open until you hear water movement. Wait for that sound to die down before turning on the rest of the way.
- If there are water pressure issues, make a call to a technician who can assess the system for leaks or clogs.
This season we hope you take the time to fix and maintain your sprinklers. Your lawn will thank you.
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