With spring just around the corner, you may be thinking of doing some maintenance checks for your sprinkler systems, as you will want to have all irrigation system components up and running for the summer months. However, it is important to remember that sprinkler system maintenance is important throughout the year, as otherwise you will […]

sprinklerWith spring just around the corner, you may be thinking of doing some maintenance checks for your sprinkler systems, as you will want to have all irrigation system components up and running for the summer months. However, it is important to remember that sprinkler system maintenance is important throughout the year, as otherwise you will find yourself wasting water and having problems with the upkeep of your lawn or landscape. In this article, we look at some tips for maintaining automatic sprinkler systems throughout the year.

Visual inspection of sprinkler systems

A visual inspection of sprinkler systems, particularly in the spring months, can help identify a lot of potential problems. In order to perform a proper visual inspection of your sprinkler system, you should turn it on, allowing each zone to run a short cycle. A visual inspection will help you detect problems such as sprinkler heads not opening properly; broken, clogged, and misaligned heads; broken pipes; and inadequate water pressure. These sprinkler system problems are caused by regular wear and tear, and are generally not difficult to fix. Some problems, such as cleaning out sprinkler heads, can be done by yourself, but more complex problems such as water pressure should be handled by a professional.

Measure use

As part of your sprinkler system maintenance, you should measure your sprinkler’s water use by using a watering gauge or even a tin can!

Sprinkler systems in the summer months

As mentioned before, it is importance to maintain sprinkler systems all year ‘round. When summer arrives, you want your sprinkler system to be in good shape. However, don’t forget to do maintenance checks during the summer months as well, and most importantly, keep track of rainfall and heat patterns so that you can tell which zones need more or less water. It is very important to make adjustments which depend on these factors, as it will ensure that your lawn is adequately watered.

Winterizing your sprinkler system

When winter approaches, it is often necessary to winterize your sprinkler system. This is achieved by blowing all of the water out of the system with an air compressor. Even if your sprinkler system includes drains, blowing them out will be beneficial as any residual water has the potential to freeze, expand, and crack the system’s pipes and fittings.

Irrigation sprinklers and systems from Water Plant

Maintaining a fully efficient irrigation system in your garden is important if you want to save water and achieve a beautiful, lush lawn. At Water Plant, we sell a range of irrigation sprinklers, and other parts and accessories which are vital for maintaining quality sprinkler systems.

Follow these tips and enjoy a beautiful garden all year round!