Five Things to Know About Sprinkler Maintenance
It seems like everything in life requires maintenance. Your air conditioner, your health, your dog and even your sprinkler system repairs require some attention. Left unattended the sprinkler system will under-perform the job you bought it to do. More and more Florida business owners and homeowners are relying on automated sprinkler systems to maintain the beauty of their property. An automated system when running properly can save time and effort and money. Taking care of that system a few times a year can also save money in the long run.
1. Keep your sprinkler system well maintained
Sprinkler system repairs are a maintenance item that when attended to on a regular basis at least twice or three times per year will keep problems nipped in the bud and are much less costly when repaired sooner. People who spend time in nature are happier, so keep your staycation spot looking and feeling great with a little walk through the sprinklers.
Any delay in the repair can cause damage to your flowers, shrubs or landscaping, as well as continued deterioration of the system itself. And if the system needs a repair in one or more spots, there’s also a loss of water, which can increase your bill. We suggest a simple inspection a few times a year and some preventative maintenance to prevent any bigger issues down the road.
2. Make sure nothing is obstructing your your sprinkler system
When planting new shrubs or flowers, be sure to check first to ensure the sprinkler spray will not be obstructed. Positioning garbage cans or new plants in front of a sprinkler can cause dry spots where the water was supposed to flow. Check your current landscaping as well to ensure that plant growth hasn’t blocked the path of water flow. Sometimes the best fix is just a little trim of some leaves!
3. Clogged sprinkler need to be taking care of
Like an obstruction, a clogged sprinkler can also create a dry spot. Over time debris and dirt can get caught in a nozze or or filter creating a clog. If you notice dry spots, check for clogs in the nozzles or filters, resulting in minimal to no water being dispersed.
4. Check your irrigation for leaks
Seals in your sprinklers can wear down or be broken as a result of damage from a lawn mower, weed whacker or other maintenance of your landscaping. A worn or broken seal can cause leaks, leading to reduced water pressure that dries out your property. A leak could mean a big water loss as well, as the water runs down from the sprinkler instead of dispersing, causing a higher water bill. Should that water pool, it can foster disease, insects and weeds. A large leak is usually easy to find, when you notice dry spots on the property, but smaller leaks can also cause the same issues. It can be helpful to find them before they get worse.
5. Is your sprinkler system overspraying?
If you are finding that your lawn is excessively wet after watering, it’s a cause for concern. This too can increase a water bill, but also can mean that the system isn’t calibrated to water properly. Sprinklers can be adjusted to make sure water dispersion is going to the correct portions of your landscaping. Sometimes sprinklers might be positioned in the wrong way. Sometimes a simple tilt of the sprinkler in the right direction is all that’s needed. To do so, have a professional temporarily remove the soil around the sprinkler, adjust it, and then replace the soil (making sure to it is stable), remedying the situation and making sure water is applied to the proper portion of your lawn.
If you’re looking for an affordable, dependable and professional sprinkler repair company near Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg or Clearwater be sure to give the team at All Phaze Irrigation a call at (727) 215-7850