Irrigation is a helpful way to control the amount of water that is used to water plants at regular intervals. However, you may find that using an irrigation system may pose some problems or challenges for you in the process.
Irrigation systems require maintenance to ensure that they are working properly and providing a uniform water application in the right areas.
You will want to check sprinkler heads to ensure they are in proper working order. Make sure they are not tilted, below grade, plugged, or operating at the wrong pressure levels.
It is also important to regularly inspect the underground sprinkler system annually to help locate any problems or areas in which you may find potential problems in the future.
Finally, if you find that you are not comfortable performing your own maintenance on the irrigation system, you should definitely contact a professional to do it for you or help you through the process.
The following are a few other things to look for when inspecting the irrigation system:
* Do you see any instances of broken spray heads, sprinklers, or sprinkler bodies? If so, they should immediately be replaced according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and the size requirements
* Do you have any missing sprinkler filters? If not, are the current filters clean and need to be replaced?
* Check the sprinkler heads to make sure they are in the correct position. If you find a tilted sprinkler head, it may be because it is positioned on a large root underground.
To fix this issue, you should dig a hole around the sprinkler and use a saw to cut through the offending roots. Fill the hole back up with the original soil that was taken.
* Look at the top of the irrigation sprinkler head and determine if it is parallel to the slope of the lawn
Sprinkler bodies should be adjusted to a level position. If it is a sloping lawn, then the level bubble should be on the upside of a sprinkler.
* Check the spacing for the sprinklers to be sure it is appropriate for the sprinkler heads you are using.
If the spacing is off at all, then you are not going to be able to provide uniform coverage for the area. Measure the distance and be sure to log it to eliminate any issues.
* Check for any damaged parts such as broken nozzles and spray heads so that they can be replaced
* Check the valve boxes to see if they are either too high or too low.
If the valve boxes are too high, then one can easily trip over them. In this case, you will need to dig it up and reset it properly to eliminate the tripping hazard. If the box is too low, you will need to acquire an extension unit to fix this problem.
If everything visually looks okay, but you are still experiencing problems, it would be in your best interest to investigate the pipes to eliminate the presence of a pinched or plugged pipe. These issues can contribute to inadequate water flow.
The pressure of the sprinklers is also important. If the pressure is too high, you will only have a misting. Pressure regulators can be used in this case to help adjust the pressure.
Finally, if you do have to repair any pipes, always remove the nozzles from the sprinkler heads downstream of where you are making the repairs. Doing so will help to flush out the fillings and remove any dirt that may have gotten in there while you are repairing. When finished, replace the nozzles.