Having an automatic sprinkler system can make caring for your garden so much easier. However, if you don't care for and maintain your sprinkler system properly, you may find yourself making a call to the plumber for repairs. Here are some basic tips to help prevent problems with your automatic sprinklers.
Close your manual drains first.
You probably opened your manual drains in the fall when you shut down your system for the season. Make sure you close them again before you turn your sprinklers back on for the summer. Otherwise, you may end up with water leaking all over the place, through the drains, each time the sprinkler system kicks on.
Flag your sprinkler heads.
It's far too easy to mow or trim over your sprinkler heads if you're not paying attention. If you hire someone else to trim your lawn and they're not aware that you have sprinkler heads, they may suffer the same fate. It's easiest to avoid problems if you place a little flag near each sprinkler head. You can remove these if you have a party, take photos of your yard for any reason, or adapt to mowing around the sprinklers and are confident you know their locations.
Clean your sprinkler heads.
If a sprinkler head clogs, not only will it lead to a messy puddle if water dribbles down around it, but it may also lead to bigger issues with your sprinkler system as water backs up in the pipes rather than being properly ejected from the sprinkler head. Every two or three weeks, grab a bucket of water and a cloth. Rub down each sprinkler head to remove any dirt, dried grass clippings, and other debris. If there is debris stuck directly into one of the holes that water should flow out of, use a metal paperclip or similar apparatus to remove it.
Clear leaves away from your rain sensor.
The rain sensor is meant to detect when there is enough rain to make watering unnecessary and prevent your sprinkler system from kicking on. If leaves fall over the sensor, it may be triggered unnecessarily, preventing your sprinkler heads from doing their jobs. So, get into the habit of checking your rain sensor and clearing debris away from it every week or so.
To learn more about caring for your automatic sprinkler system, speak to a plumber in your area, like Plumb-It Inc or read your system's specific operation manual.