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Leaking Money Through a Hose or Sprinkler? Test, Repair, Replace.

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You want to save water and money, so now is the time to make sure your sprinkler system is ready for peak summer performance. It’s one of the most important things you can do to keep your system operating efficiently and use water wisely.

Simple Steps that Go a Long Way TO SavE Water and Money:

  1. Run the entire sprinkler system, one zone at a time, checking for signs of leakage from nozzles, pipes or hoses.
  2. Seal up small leaks with a waterproof putty sealant. Bigger breaks may require a replacement.
  3. Clean each sprinkler head by removing the head and flushing it out with water from the tap or hose. You may run it through the dishwasher.
  4. While the system is running, check for accurate spray patterns. Adjust sprinkler heads to water the lawn and not sidewalks, driveways or other non-grassy areas.
  5. Check water pressure. Too much pressure may over-water your lawn or damage nozzles and sprinkler heads, and too little pressure can leave brown spots. Suggested operating range is 40-65 PSI.
  6. If your sprinkler system is equipped with a timer, check the settings and replace the battery back-up.

Tip #1:

It’s common to find clogged heads in a newly installed sprinkler system or after repairs. Bits of plastic from PVC cuts and soil particles often enter the line during repairs. The last head on each valve line will be the most prone, and it is best to remove and flush the system after completing any repairs. 

Product Checklist:

  • New sprinkler heads and/or hoses

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