Whether you install an irrigation system yourself or you have a company take care of it for you, maintenance is a major part of the process. Maintenance is about more than checking the lines. It is also about assessing how efficiently your system is actually running. Running and setting up your system incorrectly has serious consequences for your yard. This guide will provide you with some tips for installing and maintaining your irrigation system.
1. Get in touch with the utility company.
Depending on where you live, you may need to get in touch with the utility company so that you do not accidentally dig into their lines when you install your irrigation system. They may come out to mark the location of their lines.
2. Create watering zones.
Each type of plant needs a different amount of water, and separating your yard into zones is an effective way to ensure that all plants receive the amount of water they need. For instance, you should be able to water your grass separately from shrubs, trees, and flowers.
3. Allow for water absorption, not waste.
A lot of water goes to waste when it runs off rather than absorbs into the soil. Water for brief periods of time more frequently than watering for very long sessions several days apart. This allows for more water absorption. It also pays off to water in the early morning before temperatures rise.
4. Blow out your system in the fall.
Areas that experience freezing require having your system blown out each year. A pressure vacuum breaker will help you ensure that your system stays in working condition. Make sure to keep any gear drives well-lubricated during the process.
5. Know what to look for during an inspection.
It is important to inspect your watering system regularly, taking just a few minutes each month to look for accuracy in the spray pattern, signs of leaking, and potential backflow. Look for areas where water is not meeting its target and broken lines. Ensure that your sprinkler system is working correctly, zone by zone.
The best way to maintain your watering system, even if it is a DIY irrigation setup, is to get in touch with a professional. A professional watering service will be able to provide you with information about maintaining your irrigation system and watering your yard most efficiently. If you have questions, they will be able to answer them.