Maintenance Tips: Automatic Sprinkler Systems Katy, TX

Jan 18 2016

Automated sprinkler systems are designed in a way that they enhance convenience and minimize wastage of water. However, a timely check of all its parts and functions helps in having a long running system as problems detected at the right time may be resolved before they become worse.

Following are some useful tips:

  • Monthly check ups: Every month, do a thorough inspection of all nozzles to check if they are clogged. Debris or dust may get collected in the filter and lessen the amount of water they are spraying out. Cleaning the nozzles is important for smooth running of the water.
  • Remove obstructions: If you have installed many sprinklers across the lawn, make sure that you note down the exact location of each. Check if any of them is getting obstructed by bins, huge plants etc. Remove the obstructions so all sprinkler systems can function effectively.
  • Preparing for winter months: At the onset of winters, blow out all the water in the pipes by using air compressor so they can be prevented from being frosted. Hire experts for this job as they will ensure you do not have cracked pipes as summer season arrives.
  • Prevent leakages: With time, the valves and seals may get worn out as well as pipes or nozzles may star leaking. Sprinklers may also get damaged while mowing grass or if a vehicle runs over it. You must keep a check on all these issues for efficient working of the sprinkler system.
  • Missing nozzles: With time, the nozzles in the sprinkler may get detached. Missing nozzles decrease pressure in the sprinkler and reduce or stop the water supply in areas in which they installed. Check for such cases and get the nozzles replaced.
  • Adjust sprinkler heads: Check if the sprinkler heads are positioned correctly over the landscape and have not been directed towards driveways or sidewalks. Every area of the garden must be irrigated evenly and for this you need to adjust the sprinkler heads in the right direction.
  • Leakage in pipes: If you notice too much water logging in a particular area, chances are that underground pipes are leaking. If there are no visible pools of water but some grass is greener than the rest, the pipes underneath may not have adequate pressure. These pipes may then need to be plugged.
  • Install sensors: Installing rain, climate and soil moisture sensors can help sprinkler systems automatically shut off the irrigation system when the lawn’s irrigation requirements have been met. These sensors can go a long away in the proper functioning of your sprinkler system.

Visual inspection of your landscape can help to determine if the sprinkler system is working fine. For more tips on maintaining an automated sprinkler system, contact DK Sprinklers at (281) 794 – 4891.