Like anything, not all sprinkler systems are created equal. Different systems work better for different types of lawns and applications. But no matter the system your property has, there are different things you can do to ensure it is working in top condition. Here are some useful tips we’ve put together to help you take care of your sprinkler system and avoid costly repairs.
1.Check for Leaks Regularly
A leaking irrigation system can cause many lawn problems. You could either be overwatering or underwatering your yard depending on the location and severity of your system’s leak. If you notice water gushing out of one of the sprinkler heads, you probably have a leak or broken head. Also, you may notice certain patches of grass in your yard are a much darker green than others. If near a sprinkler head, it is most likely cracked, clogged, or completely broken. If you suspect a leak, call an irrigation technician right away.
2.Avoid Planting Trees or Shrubs Near Your Sprinkler Zones
Tree roots are a top cause for Sprinkler Repair in Sugar Land. Root intrusion can be particularly difficult to deal with, and is one of the most time-consuming repairs irrigation technicians deal with. Roots can squeeze and penetrate sprinkler lines causing major water leakage and low water pressure. It’s always best to avoid installing your irrigation system near roots if possible. If the problem has already gotten out of hand, you should contact a certified arborist to measure the depth of your tree’s roots to help your irrigation specialist. In extreme cases, tree removal might be necessary.
3.Get Your Back Flow Checked
If you have an automatic sprinkler system, it’s required that you get your back flow checked annually. If your Back-Flow Prevention device isn’t working correctly, there is a risk that contaminants like pesticides, fertilizers, or waste could enter the drinking water supply. You want to make sure all connections are secure and the air pressure is at the correct level. We recommend getting your back flow tested by a licensed irrigation technician at least once a year.
4.Install a Rain Sensor
Let mother nature work for you – Rain sensors are typically required under water conservation laws, and for good reason. Not only do they help make your sprinkler system work more efficiently, they also prevent you from spending your hard-earned money on high water bills. You don’t want to over-saturate your lawn with excessive watering for a couple of reasons. A) You’re throwing away money and B) Oversaturation can cause water to pool in lower areas forming mold or mildew that kills your lawn. Significant rainfall will trigger your rain sensor to turn off your system, saving your lawn and saving you money.
5.Winterize Your Sprinkler System Once A Year
Winterizing is probably one of the best investments you can make to ensure the functionality and efficiency of your sprinkler system. The winter months bring harsh, freezing temperatures that can wreak havoc on any irrigation system’s pipes. If water isn’t blown out of the pipes, significant freezing and expansion could break them, forcing you to pay for an expensive repair the following spring. It’s best to get winterization done in the fall to prepare your system for the winter.