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Maintenance Tips For Denver Sprinklers this Winter

November 30, 2016

Although you won’t have to use your Denver sprinklers as frequently now that the snow has (finally) arrived, there’s no better time than the present to make sure everything is in order with your system. It is best to get a leg up on things before sprinkler season is in full swing once again. Here’s what to look out for when performing routine maintenance on your irrigation system this winter:

Take A Closer Look at Your Sprinkler Heads

The first step in the sprinkler maintenance process is checking the condition of your sprinkler heads. Heads can easily be damaged by kids playing in the yard or someone being careless with a lawn mower, so take a close look at each of yours to ensure there are no cracks or missing pieces. If you do have damaged sprinkler heads, you will need to order replacements, so contact Water Solutions to have a professional assess your needs.

Check For Clogs

Clogs are one of the most common problems with sprinkler systems, so checking for them is an absolute necessity. Sprinkler heads can become clogged from grass clippings or debris that may have been stirred up during a summer or fall thunderstorm. How can you spot a clog? A sprinkler blowout is necessary to make sure your pipes remain clear and do not freeze over the colder months. During your service, if it seems like the water flow is interrupted, uneven, or blocked, you most likely have a clog in the sprinkler head - your local Denver sprinkler service can determine whether this exists during maintenance.
Usually, your sprinkler service will be able to deliver the appropriate advice and will have to do a more thorough cleaning by removing the head and soaking it in clean water for a few minutes.

Evaluate Your Layout

The colder months while your system is turned off is a great time to assess the current setup and determine whether you have the best layout and coverage by your sprinkler system. Ideally, sprinklers will be setup so every inch of your yard is being sprayed with water by at least one sprinkler head. Multiple heads should never spray the same area, and there shouldn’t be patches of grass that are left dry after the sprinklers have been turned on. A professional will be able to gauge the effectiveness of your layout and decide whether any major changes should be implemented for the spring, and get that scheduled out.

Lower the Heads

Take a walk through your lawn to ensure the sprinkler heads are placed low enough into the ground to avoid being hit or damaged. The ideal position would put the top of the sprinkler head about a half an inch above the ground level. This protects sprinkler heads from damage while also keeping them away from dirt that could cause clogs. Read more about the benefits of an automatic lawn sprinkler system in Denver.
If you don’t want to tackle these maintenance projects on your own, contact the professionals! Water Solutions has been providing sprinkler and landscaping services to the Denver area for over 22 years. Our team is dedicated to providing the best to our customers, which is why we always guarantee all of our products and services. Our staff consists of landscapers and other professionals who specialize in sprinklers and yard maintenance so we can fulfill all of your needs. Contact us today for a free estimate!