Irrigation systems are essential to any landscape or garden, but they can be extremely tricky to maintain on your own. Here’s how to keep your irrigation system running correctly, saving you time and money over the long term. Using these simple maintenance tips, you’ll enjoy your landscaping without dealing with malfunctioning sprinklers and wasting water.
Check Water Pressure
You should check your water pressure twice yearly to ensure it’s not low. The right pressure ensures that the spray heads provide enough coverage and pressure. Most sprinkler systems need at least 40 PSI to work correctly, but some need even more.
If you have an older system with low pressure, you might consider replacing it with a newer one. Ensure that your valves are open when checking the pressure so there is no leaking.
Check For Any Missing Sprinkler Heads
If you can, turn off the irrigation system, so you are not wasting water. If you have a lawn service coming out to your house, they will check the sprinkler heads for you. You can also turn off each head in the yard to make sure it is working.
Fill any broken or missing sprinklers with PVC glue, and then use clamps to hold them together. When this is done, there should be no excess fluid left on the outside of the pipe. Replace any busted pipes with new PVC pipes and glue them together with PVC glue too.
Adjust Sprinkler Heads To The Right Angles
An easy way to maintain your irrigation system is to adjust the sprinkler heads so that they are at the right angles. Changing the sprinkler heads, while not difficult, can be an annoyance if done improperly.
Adjusting sprinkler heads is as simple as turning them clockwise or counterclockwise until they face where you want them to shoot water. You will also need to ensure the height of the sprinklers matches your lawn so that water is not wasted.
Change Control Timers
Lawns and flowerbeds need their watering schedules to change as the season progresses. This is because plants are not all on the same growth cycle. The bluegrass lawn, for instance, requires approximately 0.6 to 0.9 inches of water per week during spring and fall. During the summer, however, they usually require about 1.5 inches of water.
Ensure your controller settings are adjusted to your lawn’s needs, including how long your irrigation system runs. For example, you may want it to run for 45 minutes every morning in winter when there is less rain, but only 15 minutes in the middle of a hot summer. Remember to set it back when winter arrives again.
Match Runtime To Exposure
The more sun the plants get, the less time the irrigation system needs to run. The less sun the plants get, the more time the irrigation system needs to run.
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