A garden sprinkler system is one of the best investments you can make for your yard. Not only does it keep your grass fresh and green and discourage weeds, but it also saves you time that would be spent manually watering. But while they’re great for convenience and aesthetics, sprinkler systems still need to be maintained to ensure they’re working properly. Here are some tips for maintaining a sprinkler system so you don’t have to worry about leaks or clogs.
Check the nozzles for blockage. You can use a long-handled garden hose nozzle to clear and keep fresh your little sprinkler’s nozzles with either hot or cold water. Simply twist the nozzle until it jams, and then twist off the end cap and blow air through it from a distance to loosen any dirt buildup.
Replace washers. While nozzles are easily cleaned, you may occasionally have to replace a washer for a broken or worn-out one. Measure the diameter of the head and find a replacement in your hardware store with a diameter that is slightly smaller than the broken one to ensure it fits snugly. Remove the old washer as well as any dirt or other debris that might be obstructing it from fitting on correctly, and don’t forget to get rid of any old water in the lines too.
Check the sprinkler heads. Sometimes, you may need to replace a broken or worn out sprinkler head. Simply turn on the water to see if the head is spraying properly, and then remove it from its base by turning it counterclockwise. You may have to use a screwdriver depending on your specific mechanism, but some systems can be unscrewed with only your hands. Remove the head, and then take it with you to a hardware store to find an acceptable replacement that will fit perfectly in place.
Fix leaks. Looking closely at your sprinkler system, you can spot tiny leaks in the piping with your eyes. If they’re small, simply place a pipe clamp around it to get rid of the leak. You can also use other kinds of clamps to seal off larger leaks as well as caulk or epoxy to minimize further damage. Remember that any piece of metal will corrode over time, so if you notice corrosion along a piece of piping, replace it ASAP with something more durable like stainless steel.
Fix clogs. If you suspect a clog, use a snake to clear the blockage. You can either use a garden hose nozzle for this or change to a non-clog sprinkler head that is intended for longer lengths of time without leaking. If you’re using a long-handled snake and the blockage remains in the line, turn off the water source and unscrew the end cap until you can no longer remove it with your hand.
In conclusion, by following these simple steps you can keep your sprinkler system in top shape and working properly for years to come.