Irrigation systems need regular maintenance to keep them working efficiently year after year. Damage from lawn equipment or improper winterization can cause leaks and other serious problems that can cost you a significant amount of wasted water. Your irrigation system accounts for about 50-75% of a home’s monthly usage. It’s imperative that its efficiency level is at an optimum. More plants die from overwatering than from under watering.
Here are a few checks to perform on a monthly, yearly or periodic basis to make sure you’re maximizing your investment.
Adjust sprinkler heads. Remove or correct obstructions that prevent sprinklers from distributing water evenly. Adjust sprinkler head positions and spray patterns to avoid watering sidewalks or structures and to provide necessary clearance over growing plants.
Check the pressure. Pressure can change over time and negatively affect your system’s efficiency. Too high of pressure can result in too much water applied too quickly, causing runoff.
Inspect your system for leaks. Leaks are a huge water waster. A good contractor can perform regular maintenance checks for leaks, broken or clogged spray heads, and other problems. Ask your contractor to show you common problems to watch for between visits.
Winterize in colder climates. An irrigation contractor with specialized equipment will flush out water that could freeze and crack pipes, valves and sprinklers. It’s easy to overlook this type of maintenance but forgoing it could result in costly damage to your system.
Have your system audited. Hire a professional to conduct an irrigation audit and uniformity test to verify areas are being watered evenly and appropriately. Make necessary adjustments.
Rain/freeze sensors. These inexpensive sensors can be retrofitted to almost any system and help save water by turning your system off in rainy weather.
Need Assistance? Our Water Conservation Department can assist with any questions you may have regarding your irrigation system. They can assess whether an audit on your irrigation system is needed. During the audit an inspection for leaks and efficiency will be conducted. The owner will then be advised on any repairs that need to be made to ensure the system is running efficiently. During the audit your timer irrigation timer will be set to run correctly. They can be contacted at 407-944-5121 or by sending an email to water conservation@ tohowater.com. You can also visit our Ways to Conserve section on www.tohowater.com to learn about your watering days and times.