Do It Yourself: How to Take Care of Your Yard Sprinkler System

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An irrigation system is a great way to keep your lawn and garden healthy and green, but it’s important to remember that regular maintenance to your yard sprinkler systems is vital to keeping it running smoothly. This blog post will cover some easy do-it-yourself and professional tips for taking care of your lawn irrigation system.

Inspect your System Monthly

One of the most important things you can do to keep your underground sprinkler system in good working order is to inspect it monthly. This will help you catch any potential problems with your in ground system before they become significant issues. During your inspection, look for broken or clogged sprinkler heads, check for proper coverage, and ensure all valves and connections are tight with your installed system.

Adjust Sprinkler Heads

Properly adjusted heads are essential for efficient irrigation. Overwatering or underwatering can cause damage to your lawn and garden and can also lead to wasted water and an increased water bill. This may come in handy if you are in an area where water conservation is heavily monitored. To modify your heads:

  1. Turn off the water supply to the system.
  2. Change the arc and radius of each sprinkler head to ensure even coverage for each watering zone.
  3. Check for clogged nozzles, which can reduce water pressure and affect coverage. These can be cleaned or you may have to replace the faulty sprinkler head.

picture of less expensive sprinkler heads on automatic irrigation system

Check the Pressure

Maintaining the correct water pressure in an automatic system is crucial for efficient irrigation. High pressure can damage your heads, while low pressure can lead to poor coverage. Use a pressure gauge on the main water line to check the pressure. The ideal pressure for most systems is around 50 PSI. You’ll need to adjust the pressure-reducing valve if the pressure is too high or too low to get the right flow rate. This may also help uncover any breach in the underground system pvc pipe.

Install a Rain Shutoff Switch

One of the best ways to save water and money is to install a rain shutoff switch. This device automatically turns off your automatic sprinkler system when it rains using rain sensors, preventing unnecessary watering. Installation is usually simple and can be done by a DIYer.

  1. Consider “Smart” Technology

Smart technology can make maintaining your sprinkler system even more effortless. Many options, such as automatic adjustments based on weather conditions and remote control, are available. This can help you save water and save money and keep your lawn and garden healthy.

Consider Low Volume, Drip Irrigation System for Gardens, Trees, and Shrubs

Drip irrigation systems are a great way to water gardens, trees, vegetable garden and shrubs. It delivers water directly to the roots, where it’s needed most, and it can save up to 50% of the water used by traditional sprinklers. Installation is easy, and it’s an effective way to conserve water while keeping a low cost for irrigation system parts and a garden hose.

Look for Savings

There are many ways to save water and money with your lawn sprinkler system cost. For example, you can adjust your watering times to take advantage of cooler temperatures and lower wind speeds. You can also check for leaks and ensure your system is calibrated correctly.

Inspect the System for Leaks

Leaking sprinkler systems can waste a lot of water, so checking for leaks regularly is essential. To check for leaks, turn off the water supply to the irrigation systems and check all valves, connections, and sprinkler heads. If you find a leak, it’s essential to fix it immediately.

Hire a qualified company

A contractor will audit your sprinkler system once or twice during the summer: A contractor certified to inspect your sprinkler system should check your system one or two times during the summer to ensure everything’s in working order. They will prepare your system for lawn sprinklers for summer use and inspect it during the watering season to ensure it is performing well plus, they will winterize your sprinkler system in early Fall.

picture of sprinkler system professionally installed within typical cost range

In conclusion

Maintaining your sprinkler system is vital to keeping your lawn and garden healthy and looking great. Following these easy do-it-yourself tips ensures that your sprinkler system runs smoothly, saving water and money. You can contact T&T Lawn Services for sprinkler systems installations and maintenance if you need assistance. Inspect your system regularly, adjust sprinkler heads, check the pressure, install a rain shutoff switch, and consider Smart technology.

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