We all know that water is very important to your plants. You really have to make sure that each plant, shrub or tree in your lawn gets adequate water because water is one of the things that will help them grow well. If you have a huge outdoor area, watering every plant in your lawn can be a very time-consuming task. But, by having a properly installed irrigation system in your outdoor area, ensuring that each plant gets a good soaking can be done easily.
An irrigation system is a system that is comprised of hoses, pipes, jets, sprays and sprinklers. By design, an irrigation system is set to automatically water plants. Most irrigation systems even have water timers that you can easily set based on your preference. It is a very efficient method of ensuring that every plant in your yard gets the right amount of water. At the same time, it will also reduce the leg work that you need to do regularly.
Considering that you already have peace of mind that your plants and trees are properly watered, we sometimes overlook the fact that our irrigation system also requires regular maintenance just like all other elements in our yard. Over time, environmental factors and the daily wear and tear can cause damage to your irrigation system. As most of the components of your irrigation system are buried underground, you won’t notice any signs of damage immediately.
Now that spring season comes to an end and summer is here, the plants in your yard needs to stay hydrated. This would mean that you really have to look into your irrigation system. To help you determine if your irrigation system requires repair, here are the most common signs that you should look out for:
There are changes in the water pressure.
If the water pressure is too low, your plants will not be able to get the water it needs. If the water pressure is too high, it can result to faster wear and tear of your irrigation system. This could also mean that your plants will get excessive amounts of water than what it actually needs.
Turn on the irrigation system and check how water flows through it. Depending on how low or high you've set the pressure through the valves, you will easily notice changes in the water pressure. Keep it on and observe if there are any irregularities in the water pressure. Changes in the water pressure could mean that there is a leak or a clog in one of the components of your irrigation system. If you suspect that there might be a leak or a clog, make sure to contact an expert immediately to have your irrigation system checked.
The sprinklers are spraying off-target.
Sprinklers are set to spray water on a particular area of your yard. The amount of water it sprays would depend on how you have set it in its control valves. Depending on the type of sprinkler you choose, it will either be able to spray water directly on one or more areas or spray water on areas around it.
If you notice that your sprinkler sprays off-target, check your control valves. It may just be responding to how low or high you've set the water pressure. If there is no problem with the control valves of your sprinkler, check your sprinkler heads. The sprinkler heads may have had cracks or chips from wear and tear. Cracks or chips in the sprinkler heads are among the factors that will affect its performance. Another issue is when the heads shift out of its position. If the sprinkler head shifts out, it can cause water to sputter on a different direction. It might just spray water on the walkway rather than on the grass or plants. If there is no problem with the sprinkler heads, debris that have accumulated in the pipelines or near the sprinkler head may have caused clogs in the sprinkler causing it to spray off-target.
Are your control valves dripping or leaking?
Your control valve is one of the main parts of your irrigation system. It controls the water that flows through your sprinklers and through the entire irrigation system. It is responsible for ensuring that the right amount of water goes to your plants and your yard as a whole.
Turn the valves on. Are your control valves dripping constantly? This can be a warning sign. A well-functioning valve should not drip or even leak. If it drips when the irrigation system is on, it might be a sign that there might be loose parts in your valve. If it drips even when your system is off, this could mean that there is damage in one of the parts of your valve. It may have tarnished and can no longer support or control the water pressure. One of the main causes why control valves are dripping or leaking are the dirt and grass particles that may have accumulated in your valve. You should not ignore those drips as it can lead to major problems later on.
Are there soaked areas in your garden?
Ensuring that the entire lawn is properly watered and has balanced coverage from your irrigation system can help make sure that the plants, shrubs and trees in your lawn will stay healthy. Aside from ensuring the efficient use of water in your lawn, this is probably one of the main purpose why you installed an irrigation system in the first place.
Check your entire lawn. Have you noticed that there are some soaked areas in your yard? Unless those areas are relatively in a lower level than other parts of your lawn, this could mean that there is a leak in your irrigation system. There might be a leak above or underground that may have caused some areas in your yard to be soaked in water. A leakage can mean that water is not properly distributed. Seek the help of experts so they can restore proper water flow.
Greener grasses and patched areas can mean trouble!
Your irrigation system most specifically your sprinkler ensures that the grass in your lawn stays healthy by supplying it with water when necessary. It would be safe to say that the condition of the grass in your lawn is one of the indications whether there is a problem in your irrigation system or not.
Check the grass around your lawn. Are there any grasses that are greener than grasses in other areas? Are there any parched areas? Are there any grasses that may have turned yellow due to dryness? If there are, this could mean that water is not equally distributed in all areas of your yard. It could also mean that sprinklers are faulty or are just placed in the incorrect area.
Water costs won’t be extremely high for nothing.
If you saw that your water bill for the month just increased due to unexplained reasons, consult a professional to check your irrigation system immediately. There might be hidden leaks or problems in your system that you haven't noticed for a long time. Exploding water costs is one of the indications that there might be leaks that may have let water escape from the pipes. High water costs every month would only drain out all the money in your pocket. You will never know what issue you may have overlooked unless you let a professional examine any problems with your irrigation system.
There are many indicators that your irrigation system needs repairs but the six points we have discussed above are the most common and easily noticeable signs of any damage to your property’s irrigation system. Constantly check your irrigation system and your yard for any of those signs. If you notice any of these problem early, you can avoid any major damage and expenses.
In case you are looking for a professional who can help you with the irrigation system in your property, do not worry! Premier Lawn Care is just a call away. Contact us today and our irrigation specialists will help you in installing, maintaining or repairing your irrigation system.