Making use of your large yard is a good idea. Turning it into a garden or landscape will not only enhance the aesthetics value of your property, its home value is also increased. An irrigation system plays an important role when it comes to landscape maintenance. If you have a large landscape, watering everything by hand will consume too much of your time.
Aside from that, there are other maintenance tasks to do like pruning and trimming. The irrigation system should be incorporated properly into your property, so it will function effectively. The following are the maintenance tips we prepared for you, so you can make sure that your system is in good shape.
Examine the Water Pressure
The water pressure should be examined, because it can greatly affect the growth of the plants. The system won’t also function properly if your water pressure is not on its optimal functionality. If the water pressure is too high, then the area won’t be covered by the sprinklers. One of the signs of too much pressure is rotating or rapidly misting sprinkler heads. Low water pressure on the hand could result to under performance. If the sprinkler heads are rotating or rising improperly, it’s a sign of low pressure. The system should be inspected by an irrigation professional.
Check the Sprinkler Head
The sprinkler head is a component of the system you can see. Checking the sprinkler head would be a great way to start your maintenance routine. Inspect the head to see if there are clogs. If nothing is preventing it from producing water, you can then check if it’s facing the right direction.
Check for Leaks
The leaks could make the maintenance routine a challenging one, simply because detecting it could be difficult. Uncommon leaks could occur in any part of your system. But you can spot leaks through investigating the area. If you see unexplained damp spots, patches of grass or overgrown areas, then there could be leaks on those areas. Standing water around the sprinkler heads is a sign of misalignment or damage to the sprinkler head.
Check for Clogged Emitters
Drip emitters are responsible for delivering a specific amount of water to the desired plant. This is efficient when it comes to reducing the wasted water. However, it’s not immune to clogging. If the system doesn’t have a filter installed, the emitters will get clogged from time to time. Inspect the emitter for each plant. If it’s not dripping, then replace it with a new one. Emitters are rated according to the amount of water they can deliver. So replace the clogged emitter with the same rate or label.
Inspect the Irrigation Lines
Above the ground irrigation lines are mostly made from Polyethylene tubing. This is fairly a reliable and strong material, but it usually gets leaks from the getting caught under the shovel or getting snagged in lawn mowers. If there are leaks, the professionals will cut out the leaked section and splice it back together using a coupler.