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Clean your Irrigation System
Your irrigation, or sprinkler, system is eventually going to need to be cleaned. Over time, dirt, debris, and slit accumulate in the waterlines, which can cause clogs or break your system if left unattended. You will obviouke in the spring. If you live somewhere like Florida and irrigate year roundsly want to clean your irrigation system before there is a problem, but when is the best time to clean the irrigation system? Generally you will want to clean it when it has been lying dormant and unused for a while, li, it’s still a good idea to clean it out at least once every 6 months. Generally speaking, most clogs and malfunctions are because of debris getting stuck under the nozzle’s screen; if left unattended this can break the affected nozzlehead.
You should take all of the sprinkler heads off and clean the filters that are located under the nozzles. To do this, you will need to first loosen the head; the tool needed varies based on the model you have, but usually an allan key or a screwdriver will do the trick. Once all of the heads are off, you can clean the filters which are usually right below the heads. Make sure that you clean the heads at the same time; you can rinse them in soap and warm water.
A good time to do this is after you clean the filters, as you already have all of the heads removed. Simply turn on the water for one zone at a time and let it flush out the openings. Since all of the sprinkler heads are removed, you might start to have some problems with water pressure while doing this. Just replace the heads that have been flushed out as you go to restore water pressure.
Repair Crushed Pipes
Sometimes, pipes in your irrigation systenm will get crushed. When trees grow, their roots seek out sources of water. So, over the years, you could see some tree roots grow towards and eventually around irrigation pipes, choking them. When this happens, you will need to dig up and replace the crushed pipe section. If the reason for your crushed pipe is a tree route, then part of your cleaning of your irrigation system should involve rerouting your irrigation system away from the tree in question and its roots. Another source of crushed pipes is vehicles passing over them.
You will want to, when cleaning your irrigation system, check that all of your sprinkler heads are in good shape and are standing straight. If your sprinklers lean, or their flow comes out crooked, you will want to fix them so they stand upright or replace them with new, undamaged parts. The same goes for any damanged or leaky heads.