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 checkiing irrigation systems are:
- Clogged Sprinklers
- Leaking Sprinklers and Valves
- Obstructed Sprinklers
- Overspray 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 most prefer to have us do periodic evaluations, repairs, and/or maintenance services.
During the months of August and September 2013, we are waiving the $25 cost of our evaluations to anyone who mentions the article. So takie advantage of our special offer and have your system checked before the rain stops and your lawn or plants incur damage due to poor watering practices.