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Irrigation System Checks That Save Water

Irrigation systems need regular maintenance to keep them working efficiently year after year. Damage from lawn equipment or improper winterization can cause leaks and other serious problems that can cost your customers a significant amount of wasted water. Here are a few irrigation system checks to perform on a monthly, yearly or periodic basis to make sure clients are maximizing their investments.  

Irrigation System Checks: Monthly

Adjust sprinkler heads. Remove or correct obstructions that prevent sprinklers from distributing water evenly. Adjust sprinkler head positions and spray patterns to avoid watering sidewalks or structures and to provide necessary clearance over growing plants.

Check the pressure. Pressure can change over time and negatively affect a system’s efficiency. Too high of pressure can result in too much water applied too quickly, causing runoff.

Inspect your system for leaks. Leaks are a huge water waster. A good contractor can perform regular maintenance checks for leaks, broken or clogged spray heads, as well as other problems.

Irrigation System Checks: Annually

Winterize in colder climates. An irrigation contractor with specialized equipment will flush out water that could freeze and crack pipes, valves and sprinklers. It’s easy to overlook this type of maintenance but forgoing it could result in costly damage to a system.

Irrigation System Checks: Periodically

Have your system audited. Hire a professional to conduct an irrigation audit and uniformity test to verify areas are being watered evenly and appropriately. Make necessary adjustments.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was put together in partnership with The Irrigation Association in honor of Smart Irrigation Month.

6 thoughts on “Irrigation System Checks That Save Water

  1. That’s a good idea to inspect an irrigation for leaks on a monthly basis. My sister has a really large yard and needs it watered regularly. She’ll have to make sure she gets a good irrigation system installed and check it regularly.

  2. It was helpful when you explained how an annual winterization from an irrigation contractor can prevent expensive damage from occurring. My husband and I are thinking about hiring a landscape service to install an automatic sprinkler system to save us time. Thanks for teaching me how to keep the sprinkler system in good shape after it’s installed!

  3. I barely have the time to water my plants, and lawn which causes them to dry. Therefore, I’ve decided that maybe it’s time for me to install a water sprinkler. After the installation, I’ll make sure to have the sprinklers checked regularly, so high pressure will be avoided, therefore, there’ll be no run off.

  4. Wow, I never knew that the pressure of an irrigation system can shift over time and it can affect its efficiency. My dad told me the other day that he suspects that some of the sprinklers in his backyard are not working properly but he has not been able to find the problem or a solution to it. In my opinion, he should talk to an expert that can take a look at this issue and repair the sprinklers fast.

  5. I like what you said about removing obstructions from your sprinkler head so that it can distribute water evenly. My brother has been telling me about how he wants to make sure that his lawn is green in the coming weeks. I’ll share this information with him so that he can look into his options for professionals who can help him with this.

  6. I appreciated it when you shared that it is important to correct any obstacles that block your sprinklers from distributing water evenly. My mother just mentioned the other day that she is thinking of ensuring that our lawn is in good condition since it has not been maintained well by the previous owner. I will suggest to her looking for a reliable service that can offer to install a water sprinkler system for it.

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