The Importance of Properly Functioning Sprinkler Systems
The rainy season is upon us!! Yet, your sprinkler system still needs to be functioning properly!
The following article, brought to you by the University of Florida, provides a good insight on basic repairs and maintenance of sprinkler systems:
While sprinkler systems are installed to provide minimal maintenance and automated irrigation, routine maintenance and repairs are required to correct component failure and damage.
Prompt repair of irrigation system problems prevents loss or damage to landscapes and wasted water. Identifying and correcting the specific problem can prevent additional harmful impacts. **For example, dry areas in a landscape can appear to be lacking water, but the lack of water may be due to a broken sprinkler head or some other problem causing a loss of pressure in the irrigation system. Simply setting the irrigation timer to a longer run time will not make up for the dry areas occurring from leaks, clogs, or broken irrigation pipes.**
Some irrigation system problems are easily fixed, but they have to be identified to be repaired. The most important part of maintaining an irrigation system is conducting regular inspections while the system is operating. Some basic problems commonly encountered when checking irrigation systems are:
- Clogged Sprinklers
- Leaking Sprinklers and Valves
- Obstructed Sprinklers
- Over-spray onto Sidewalks, Streets, or Buildings
- Design Problems
- Missing Nozzles
- Pipe Leaks or Breaks
Some of our customers are very “hands-on” when it comes to the maintenance of their sprinkler systems, while some prefer to have a professional company help to maintain their systems. Turfmaster no longer offers Sprinkler Maintenance, yet we do highly recommend the services of Rhodes Irrigation 941-322-4348 . This company is run by Don Rhodes, our former Irrigation technician whose work always went above and beyond! We are more than happy to refer our customer’s to him for any sprinkler needs.