Designing Sprinkler Systems For Functionality

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It is frustrating to walk past a home with its sprinklers turned on full blast as they water a nearby driveway. Precious water is wasted, and the homeowner has huge water bills. When a professional installs and adjusts your sprinkler system, your yard has a well-balanced water system that conserves this natural resource. Companies, including Alexandria Irrigation Systems, can even provide tips about misaligned systems that need periodic maintenance.

Stationary Head Orientation

All stationary sprinkler heads can be adjusted laterally. Even their spray radii are adjustable, such as changing from a 45-degree spray angle to a 90-degree angle. Professionals can show you how to adjust these heads, if necessary. There is typically a key to adjust each individual head. When you have the correct angle, the sprayed water should only strike the lawn or yard. Only water mist that moves with nearby winds should strike a sidewalk or driveway.

Spacing Sprinklers

When your sprinkler system was installed, its design should have been customized for the area. For example, you have a specific number of heads to cover a small, medium or large lawn. Ideally, the water streams should overlap by several feet to completely cover the area with moisture. If you find that there are dry or soggy lawn patches, a professional needs to evaluate the design. They may need to add heads or alter their location.

Considering Large Lawns

Large lawns often need a different spray head. Instead of stationary heads, installers should have placed rotary heads. These sprinklers use a huge moving arc, such as 270-degrees, to water the area. Moving laterally, the water stream slowly saturates an area. Rotary heads cover a large area with less hardware to care for in the system.

Head Clogs

Although sprinklers typically drop down into the ground when not in use, they can still accumulate debris. If you notice that your sprinklers have reduced water flow, turn off the system. Using a head key, you can open the sprinkler head’s top to check for any obstructions. Grass cuttings, soil and debris are often lodged in the head. If you don’t see any obvious obstructions, it may be time to call a professional for a thorough evaluation. There may be another issue causing water problems.

Sprinkler systems are convenient for gardening enthusiasts, but do require some maintenance. Observe your system periodically to fix small problems. Neglected systems turn into large problems, costing hundreds of dollars to repair or replace.

Above all, proper planning can result in water conservation while still caring for your gardening needs.

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