An automatic lawn sprinkler system makes having a green, healthy lawn easy. However, if you don’t perform routine maintenance checks and monitor water usage, you could end up wasting tons of money on repairs and bills. The degree to which you use your sprinkler varies according to the season. You need to be particularly aware of your sprinkler’s functionality and efficiency. There are many different types of irrigation systems. Depending on size and design, yours may require additional care. However, the advice offered in this article is applicable to any and all systems. Use this general maintenance guide to keep your lawn sprinkler system working properly. Learn more by visiting Midland Sprinklers and Maintenance, LLC-Sprinkler System Installation.
The first thing to do is find out how long it takes your sprinkler to produce an inch of water. You can discover this information using a watering gauge, or by placing an empty tuna can under a stream of water. This information acts as a baseline. It allows you to anticipate your monthly irrigation costs, and it also reveals the standard amount of water used in an allotted time. By identifying normal function, you’ll be able to notice when something is not working properly.
Your watering schedules need to be adjusted depending on the season. Also, different zones of your yard contain different species of plants and need be tailored and adjusted accordingly. You can hire a serviceman to complete these settings if you aren’t confident, or you can set and monitor water output yourself using a “weekly watering number” for each section. The guidelines for weekly watering numbers can be found online, and include the necessary water percentages for various types of vegetation and climates.
Regularly inspect your overall watering system to identify leaks that will lead you to broken lines and misdirected heads. First, do an overall visual assessment, checking for pools of water and wet sidewalks. Both broken lines and misdirected water will cost you money, so take a few minutes once a month to make sure your water usage is efficient. A large, in-ground lawn sprinkler system should then be assessed zone-by-zone for leaks and damage to ensure proper functionality. Make any necessary repairs or replacements as soon as they are found to avoid worse, more expensive issues later.
Check Spray Patterns
Next, check the spray patterns of each sprinkler head to make sure water isn’t blocked by dirt, plants, or other material. If the heads are clear, but you’re experiencing poor water pressure, you may need to get your backflow checked. The backflow connection needed for automatic irrigation is required by law to be checked annually, but having it checked more often is a good idea. This testing process should be completed by a state-certified tester. Rules and regulations vary depending on your area, so contact your local water provider for specific information.
Finally, you can greatly reduce your water usage by installing a rain sensor. Rain sensors are designed to detect rainfall and shut down your sprinklers to save water. Once the rain sensor dries enough, the system is enabled to resume its normal schedule. Place your sensor in an open area where it is unlikely to be obstructed by structures, leaves, or debris.