A complete low cost guide to maintaining a sprinkler irrigation system

A sprinkler irrigation system is one of the most popular choices for the garden irrigating systems worldwide. The sprinklers can work on their own, when you set up a timer for them and they would turn off on their own as well, making it a complete hands-off irrigation system.

However, once you have installed the sprinklers, you cannot just sit back and let them do their work all the yearlong. you are required to go check their performance time to time and perform the preventive maintenance in due time, in order to avoid any trouble getting in your way.

To make sure that your sprinkler irrigation system is working up to the mark, you have to keep a check at all the components of the system. Extracting a little bit of time for the preventive maintenance will save you from calling a professional at home.

Complete low cost guide to maintaining a sprinkler irrigation system

First you need to understand which system you are having in your garden

  • Above ground sprinkler system
  • Underground sprinkler system

Moving on, once you know the kind of irrigation system that you are using, you need to get an understating of the components of the irrigation system that are as follows.

  • Irrigation hoses and pipes
  • Irrigation valves
  • Main supply valve
  • Sprinkler control valves
  • Sprinkler heads
  • Control box
  • Rain sensor
  • Pump
  • Filter

Get to know all these components separately and then learn about their maintenance. Usually, what all the components of the sprinkler require is to check whether each component is fixed properly, and then you can clean them occasionally to prevent any debris from accumulating of the components.

There are safety measures that you need to consider while maintaining the sprinkler system of your garden and these include:

  • Identify underground utility lines and stay away from them as much as you can
  • Whenever you have to do some repair or maintenance of the garden sprinkler system, you must turn off the controller
  • Make sure there is not dirt and debris in the line
  • You should not do the repair and maintenance of the control box yourself, leave the electronics to the experts

The ideal time to inspect, check and repair the faults in the irrigation system, twice every year. Since the extreme weather conditions are responsible for bringing rapid changes to the system as well, you should inspect the system before summer and before winter each year, to make sure that everything is up to the mark, there are no leaky pipes, the pumps and the valves are working fine, the filter is good as new and the hoses are clean at their heads.

Now, if you have spotted some faulty components or leakages, or non-responsive controls, then you should call the professionals to get them fixed. But if you are interested in doing it yourself, you should take a look at the manual of the sprinkler system and learn about the ways in which you can repair it.

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