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Irrigation Basics

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Some common irrigation problems you might encounter

 

 

Leaks
Leaks occur anywhere and everywhere and never at an opportune time. While leaks are generally easy to fix, they often can be difficult to find and will definitely be expensive if not detected early on.
Look for obvious signs of leaks, particularly when your system is running. Puddles of standing water, muddy areas, the hissing sounds of spraying water behind bushes, flooded valve box, water flowing down the street. All of these likely indicate you have a leak in your system.

System will not shut down
This usually indicates a problem with the valve. Sometimes debris (small pebbles, rust or other foreign material) can get into your valve and cause it not to shut down. That means your system will continuously water. You cannot shut this down with the timer. You must turn the system down at the water source, usually found near the valves.

System won't work
This can be a number of different problems. Valves that are not working properly, timer not working properly, water supply issues and others. This takes diagnosis, but usually can be found quickly if you know what to look for.


Whatever your problem, we can almost always fix it.If we can't, there is no charge.

 

Examples of System Damage and Problems

Leaking valves or pipes

Leaks can occur as a result of damage, from shovels and other sharp tools, vandalism, tree roots, and normal aging of the system.

Leaks from valves and pipes may be large and very obvious.

Smaller leaks may not show up immediately and will require some detective work, replace or repair damaged valves and pipes.

Broken or missing heads

Damage can occur to sprinkler heads from lawn mowers, vandalism, improperly installed heads, and normal wear and tear. Replace damaged or missing heads immediately.

Installing heads on swing pipe allows the head to “float” in the soil and reduces the damage that can result from lawn mowers and other heavy objects.

Clogged nozzles

Clogged nozzles occur as a result of debris entering the irrigation system, a dirty water source, and normal wear and tear.

Flush system at the beginning of the irrigation system, install screens on sprinkler heads, replace clogged nozzles, and improve system filtration.

Sunken heads

It is not uncommon for sprinkler heads to settle over time. Even when the soil is packed around them during, the weight of lawn mowers and other heavy equipment on wet turf can cause the heads to settle.

Grass clipping, soil, and other debris can build up around heads resulting in a head that doesn’t clear the grass adequately and disrupts the spray pattern.

Current best management practices call for higher mowing heights older systems may have been designed for shorter turf.

 Heads can be raised by using taller sprinkler bodies, or installing risers.

Tilted heads

 Lawn mowers and wet soil can cause newly installed sprinkler heads to tilt resulting in uneven coverage.

Drip Irrigation System

One of the great advantages of drip irrigation is that the water is carefully focused at the base of each plant. This significantly diminishes the weed problems that spray irrigation can promoteRoot intrusion into the drip lines and internal clogging from the buildup of sediment, suspended solids, algae and bacterial slime have been diminished greatly by better pretreatment, filtration disinfection, and new tubing and emitter designs.

Most systems allow for flushing at scouring velocity to remove slime and sediment buildup.

When emitters clog it affects the pressure inside the drip lines and waste water distribution in the field. It is very difficult to identify and service buried emitters that clog.

Saturation of the soil around emitters can eventually lead to the formation of a biological clogging mat, which can cause system failure. Filters on drip systems need to be checked and periodically back flushed or cleaned.

Problems affecting the efficiency of the system

Misaligned heads

Misaligned heads result in overwatering parts of the landscape and brown spots in other areas of the landscape

Overspray (runoff)

Overspray can result in poor distribution uniformity, over watering, and runoff on hardscapes.

Pressure Problems

High pressure causes problems such as misting from spray heads and rapid rotation of impact rotors resulting in poor coverage and potential damage to the irrigation system.

Failure of heads to pop-up or rotate is often a symptom of low water pressure. Low pressure can also result in poor coverage and dry spots in the landscape.

Irrigation maintenance is one of the most important factors in reducing water waste in the landscape. In addition, a well-maintained and properly adjusted system is essential for a healthy, beautiful, landscape.