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An automatic sprinkler is a cost-effective way to keep your lawn in good health. In most cases, all you have to do is to set the timer. And for some smart systems, you might not even have to do that. But, an automatic sprinkler needs regular maintenance to keep it working at optimal levels.
You need to call in an automatic sprinkler service at least once a year. Failing to do that can result in an inefficient system and expensive repairs. Below are some of the instances you need to get the help of an automatic sprinkler service provider:
You need to call in an automatic sprinkler service before winter is in full swing. The service company will use compressed air to blow out the system and remove water from the lines. This will prevent freeze damage that can do a number on your water lines come spring.
You also need to flush out the system in spring, this time with water. You can do this by opening a valve and resetting the timer.
If you do regular maintenance for your automatic sprinkler system, you should have no problems for a few years. But, if your system is more than five years old, your controller likely needs replacing. It might also require some updating as it is probably wasting water.
Unless, of course, you have a smart controller. It will help determine how much water your lawn needs. It uses sensors in the air and the ground to measure moisture content.
If you do not have a smart controller, it is best to call in an automatic sprinkler service to check your system. Also, sprinkler manufacturers continuously come up with better and more efficient rotor designs. The same goes for sprinkler heads.
So, investing in newer controller and system components will pay you back in the long run. It will help you save water and lower your costs in operating your sprinkler system.
Many sprinkler systems, even new ones, have a problem with leaks. The causes for these leaks can be freeze damage and stronger-than-expected water pressure. It could also be physical damage from a lawnmower, gardening activities, pets, or children. In most cases, you will get leaks in the following components:
- Water lines
- Spray heads
You might not even be aware when your sprinkler system gets leaks. This is why you should call in the experts to check for leaks in the spring. Even a small leak can end up in thousands of gallons of water wasted every year. A trained professional knows what to check and what to do to find and fix leaks.
In some cases, the repairs may be as simple as replacing a defective or damaged spray head. But how would you know this? Additionally, remember that the water supply line is underground. So, it can be easy to overlook it if you don’t know what you are doing. Even if you deduce a leak in the waterline, you still need to dig it up and find the leak before you can even begin to fix it. Without the proper skills and tools, you could be upending your lawn in vain.
Turning on your sprinklers for the first time in spring to flush it out is simple enough. But, you will not know if there is a problem.
You might have leaks, or sprinkler heads may be out of alignment. Water could be running out into the street, storm drains, or driveway without you being aware of it.
So, it’s best to call for an automatic sprinkler service at the start of spring. A thorough check of your sprinkler system can help you save money.