During the summer months, your sprinkler systems are vulnerable to damage and wear. Therefore, you want to avoid problems like broken sprinkler heads or lines that can lead to costly water bills. In addition, there are also problems with lines that may only surface during the summer months. The following tips will help you avoid the costly damage to your sprinkler systems during the summer months.
1. Using Landscaping Design to Protect the Sprinkler Heads from Lawn Mowers
One of the most common causes of damage to sprinkler systems is due to landscaping equipment like lawnmowers and weed eaters. The sprinkler heads are the most vulnerable components and sometimes get run over or hit by the equipment. Therefore, you want to make sure that the sprinkler heads are protected with a recessed design or installed in hardscaping where they will be safe from this common type of damage.
2. Prevent Damage to Lines Due to Heavy Loads Like Cars and Landscaping Materials
The damage to lines due to heavy loads can cause the sprinklers to not work because of being pinched or leaks. To avoid damage to your sprinkler lines, avoid putting heavy loads on top of them, such as hardscaping, cars, equipment, and things like aboveground pools during the summer months.
3. Watch Water Consumption and Look for Areas That Are Greener Due to Sprinkler Line Leaks
Water consumption is another problem that damaged sprinkler systems can lead to. If your sprinkler systems have leaks, it can bring an unpleasant surprise when your water bill arrives. Therefore, it is a good idea to watch for excessive water consumption during the months when you use your sprinkler system. In addition, look for oddly green patches in your landscaping that may be due to a leaking line.
4. Regularly Test Backflow Prevention and Timer Systems to Ensure Sprinklers Work Properly
The backflow prevention device of your sprinkler system protects your household plumbing from contamination. You will want to inspect the backflow prevention device and timers regularly to ensure that they are working properly and protecting your home from problems like contamination due to the sprinkler system backflow. In addition, you may want to consider having outdated timers replaced with more efficient sprinkler system programmable controls to improve the performance of your sprinkler system.
These are some tips that will help you avoid the problems that can help you avoid common issues with your sprinkles during the summer months. Contact a plumber for help with improvements like installing backflow prevention devices and modern controls to prevent your irrigation systems from sustaining summer damage.