Sprinkler systems are known to be low-maintenance. However, they still require periodic servicing so they continue to work efficiently. Your lawn sprinkler can have breaks or leaks and you cannot detect these problems unless you have them inspected regularly by a landscape contractor. It might be tempting to inspect the sprinkler system yourself but having a landscaping professional do the job can give you a number of benefits.
Components of your sprinkler systems that need to be constantly checked
Pipes: A pipe made from high-quality PVC pipe will not easily break even with a shovel. However, there will come a time when your pipe will show signs of wear. It is an indicator that you need to fix it as soon as possible. You can save money when you go the DIY route, but there is no assurance that you will be able to solve the problem. When dealing with broken pipes, you need to use special tools as the job requires a lot of digging. This is why a savvy homeowner leaves the job to professionals. When you repair a broken PVC pipe, you will need a fine saw or special cutters for cutting away broken sections. You will also need glue, primer, and a slip fitting to piece new pipes together.
In essence, PVC pipes are not glued together as they are welded instead. PVC pipes are welded together with the use of a solvent, a material that causes parts of PVC pipes and fittings to dissolve through a chemical fusion. The solvent should be applied to both sides for the pipe to connect together. The fittings must be pushed tightly together. The solvent will melt these two parts together as a way of fusing them into one. It is important to note that the points of connection have to be sanded and cleaned for these parts to be welded together.
There are dangers associated with repairing broken pipes. This is why it has to be done by an expert. The soil may get into the system and damage or clog your sprinkler heads. A professional landscaper is trained in flushing the system to prevent the problems from re-occurring. The landscaper will make sure that the repaired sections of your pipes are no longer leaking before they cover them up again. It is also important to keep in mind that you need to repair components of your sprinkler system with the help of a professional. The entire sprinkler system will be reviewed before any repair will take place.
Sprinkler heads: Sprinkler heads have moving parts that need to be handled by a professional if anything goes wrong. When one of the heads are broken, you need to ask your landscaper to replace the head. The landscaper needs to dig out around the broken head before replacing it. The job needs to be done carefully to ensure that no soil will get inside the system.
Valve: Leaks are a very common occurrence in sprinkler valves. If it begins to leak, you need to replace it with a new one. Valves connect to both water and electricity which is why you need to leave valve leaks to a licensed landscape contractor.
Your sprinkler system can help you save time in the landscape so long as you do not set ongoing care and maintenance aside. You will have peace of mind when your sprinkler system runs smoothly for many years to come.
R & R Sprinkler & Landscape
931 SE 11th Avenue
Cape Coral, FL 33990