Taking Care of Your Sprinkler System

Taking Care of Your Sprinkler System If you want to have a yard full of lush, green grass and beautiful flowers, you’re going to have to put a lot of time and effort into taking care of your yard. Depending on how big your yard is, making sure everything is being watered properly can be one of the most time consuming yard maintenance tasks on your list.

When you have a larger yard, simply setting one sprinkler, the kind your kids might like to play around in, on your lawn for a little while probably won’t be enough to get the job done. Having a sprinkler system would be a much more efficient way to make sure your yard is being watered adequately. No need to be constantly moving a single sprinkler around or wandering around the yard with a hose; you can just turn your sprinkler system on and let it do the work for you. You can even set it to run on a timer, if you want.

Since your sprinkler system can be such a valuable tool, you’ll want to be sure to maintain it to keep it in good working order. Once springtime rolls around and your lawn doesn’t have any snow on it, turn your sprinkler system on for a little while and see if you notice any problems like low water pressure or if any sprinkler heads are out of alignment or not working at all. Since it’s been awhile since you last used your sprinkler system, it’s good to give it a test run before you get into the peak summer watering season. Sometimes, sprinkler heads can get clogged or moved out of alignment, causing them to either not work optimally or spray in a less-than-ideal direction. If you notice any of these problems, fix them and you should be good to go. Also, be sure to take a look at each sprinkler head to make sure they’re all even with the ground when the system is off so that nobody trips over them. If you notice any problems with low water pressure and it’s not because your sprinkler heads are clogged, you might have a leak somewhere in your system.

During the summer, be sure to keep an eye on your sprinkler system and test it every now and then just like you did in the spring to make sure everything is still working correctly. You might notice that one area is getting too much water, or maybe not enough water, so you should readjust your sprinkler heads as needed. Be sure to keep an eye out for spots that constantly seem to always be wet since this could be a sign of a leak.

Since your sprinkler system could be damaged if water is left in the line and freezes, you should always have your sprinkler system winterized when the weather starts getting colder, before the end of November. Winterizing your sprinkler system will drain the water from the system so that there’s nothing left inside to freeze. If you call an irrigation specialist, they’ll come out and winterize your system for a fairly low price and save you hundreds of dollars in damage once spring comes around again.