There are many homeowners who choose to irrigate their ornamental plants and lawns using an automated irrigation system. Additionally, most new built residential properties are irrigated using these automatic systems that have sprinklers that are permanently installed. The idea behind these systems is that they provide automated irrigation with minimal maintenance required, it is important to perform regular maintenance and repairs to these systems in order to fix component damage and failure.
Promptly repairing any problems with the irrigation system will prevent the loss or damage to the landscape and wasting water. Being able to identify and correct the specific problem will prevent additional impacts that could be harmful. For example, any dry areas in a landscape may appear due to a lack of water, but the lack of water may come from a broken sprinkler or some other type of problem that causes a lack of pressure from the irrigation system. Setting your irrigation system to a longer run time may not make up for the dry areas that are caused by clogs, leaks, or an irrigation pipe that is broken.
There are some irrigation problems that can be easily fixed, but the key is identifying the problem and repairing it in a timely fashion. When it comes to maintaining an irrigation system, the most important part is to make sure that you conduct inspections on a regular basis to make sure that it is working properly. Some of the basic problems that you should look for include:
- Sprinklers that are clogged
- Valve leakage
- Sprinklers leaking
- Design issues
- Pipe leaks
- Pipe breaks
- Missing nozzles
Many of these problems can easily be repaired, but some may require help from an irrigation contractor. When it doubt, it is best to call in a professional to get the repair done properly.