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Inspecting Your Irrigation System

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Even smaller residential irrigation installations can become quite an undertaking, so it is best to know the basics of lawn irrigation before starting your project.

As spring has officially begun and the weather slowly becomes warmer, now is a great time to begin inspecting your irrigation system.  From overgrown grass, soil, clogs, or other debris, it is important to inspect each nozzle and proper operation to ensure the best performance for this season.  Your irrigation system needs to be maintained in order to keep your property beautiful. Look for these symptoms when inspecting your irrigation system to check if it needs any fine tuning.  

Indications of Poor Maintenance

A thriving landscape requires proper irrigation.  If an irrigation system exhibits any of these signs or problems, it is very likely that it has not been properly maintained.  Signs of improper irrigation system maintenance include erosion, water runoff, swampy and flooded areas, an obstructed uneven spray pattern, parched and unhealthy plants, or water spraying in improper places. If your irrigation system sprays water on the street or sidewalk, the system needs to be cleaned and properly aligned.

Check The Sprinkler Heads And Valves

Make sure to take a close look at the sprinkler heads  and valves of your irrigation system. Without these in the right condition proper irrigation is impossible. Look for these signs when appraising the sprinkler heads and valves  of your irrigation system:

  • Leaking valves
  • Head clogged, leaking, or broken
  • Plant growth obstructing the sprinkler
  • Non-rotating rotor or impact heads
  • Head pushed too far under the ground to function
  • Head tilting or spraying in an incorrect direction
  • Sprinkler spacing does not provide head to head coverage on the lawn

Look For Too High Or Too Low Water Pressure  

High and Low water pressure can also negatively affect the irrigation of your lawn. Symptoms of low water pressure include the pop-up system not fully extending, spray not reaching the proper areas, and doughnut-shaped dry areas throughout your lawn. Signs of water pressure that is too high include repeatedly breaking pipes, sprinkler nozzles blowing off, misting or fogging spray, and the spray overshooting desired areas.

Contact Aqua-Bright Irrigation & Illumination

For more information about outdoor lighting, irrigation, and drainage for your Maryland home, call Aqua-Bright today at 410-489-9009 or take a tour of our website. We offer top notch irrigation services from seasoned professionals.

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