Your life is busy. There are too many things going on at the same time. It’s easy to forget about your lawn irrigation system. But, you’ve made an investment. Take a break and learn how to protect it. Don’t make these mistakes with your irrigation system.
- Don’t start your system up in the spring without checking it.
Winters in Florida are usually mild. More than likely, you won’t need to use your irrigation system often or at all. When spring comes and you’re ready to use your irrigation system again, check for rust and damaged or worn components.
- Don’t set it and forget it.
Automated irrigation systems make life easy and convenient. It’s simple to pick a watering schedule, set it up, and not think about it anymore. This is great for your irrigation system but your lawn may pay the price. Rainfall is not predictable. Overwatering your lawn is just as harmful as under-watering your lawn. However, you can install a rain sensor that will automatically turn off the system if there is too much rainfall in your area.
- Don’t damage it with your lawnmower.
Set your irrigation system sprinkler heads low enough to protect them from your lawnmower. Keep an eye out for malfunctioning heads while you’re mowing your lawn. The grass can camouflage a sprinkler head causing you to hit it with your mower. You could end up with a flooded lawn. Call the professionals at Chandler Irrigation if that happens.
- Don’t ignore it all winter.
Homeowners in the northern states have more work to do winterizing their irrigation systems than we do, but it’s still important to check your system. Even though Florida doesn’t have to deal with long-term freezes in the winter, sometimes the temperature does drop below 32 degrees. The pipes that transport your water across your lawn are only a few inches underground. Shut off the water supply to your irrigation system, insulate exposed pipes, and cover your pump or backflow preventer to protect your irrigation system from brief freezes or unexpected cold spells.
These tips can help you avoid some unnecessary expenses. If you have anymore questions, Challenger Irrigation is here to help. Contact our office to consult with one of our irrigation specialists.