Tips for Maintaining Your Underground Sprinkler System
A well-maintained yard can add some beauty to your home. If your home has an underground sprinkler system, you’ll want to make sure it’s working properly. Here are some tips and tricks to help you maintain it.
Why Do It?
There are a few reasons why your home’s underground sprinkler system may need some routine upkeep. Colorado State University (CSU) mentions the following:
- Proper water distribution: A lack of proper care may result in a range of issues with your sprinkler system from dry spots on your lawn, obstructed sprinkler heads and unseen leaks to potential water being wasted on areas where it’s not needed, like driveways or roads.
- Yard safety: Your sprinkler heads may also pose as a tripping hazard if they are not regularly maintained. Children or others walking in your yard may easily trip on exposed sprinkler heads. Routine maintenance may help ensure that sprinkler heads are kept flush with the ground when not running.
You should always check with your system manufacturer’s advice about proper maintenance and upkeep for your underground sprinkler system, but generally, it needs to be checked on an on-going basis to help ensure it’s in working order, says CSU. For example, broken sprinkler heads need to be replaced right away to help prevent wet spots and wasted water.
DIY Sprinkler Upkeep
Checking your sprinkler system regularly isn’t as hard as you might expect. CSU suggests doing the following:
1. Examine each sprinkler head. Be sure to clean any clogs you may see, tighten any loose screws and replace any sprinkler heads that are broken or damaged.
2. Evaluate dry spots in your yard. Does the water spray need adjusting to help reach the dry spots? Do you need to potentially increase the coverage of your sprinkler system?
3. Know your plants. Being familiar with your types of plants and their water needs can allow you to fine-tune your sprinkler system for optimal coverage and potential water savings.
Maintaining your sprinkler system doesn’t have to be tricky. With some basic maintenance, you should be able to help keep the water flowing and your yard looking great.
This article highlights examples of precautions you can consider to help maintain your personal property. Please recognize that a particular precaution may not be appropriate or effective in every circumstance and that taking preventive measures cannot guarantee any outcome. We encourage you to use your own good judgment about what’s appropriate and always consider safety.