DIY Your Irrigation System
In order for plants to perform at their best, we must do our part to ensure that their requirements are met. In this article, we will be looking at irrigation repairs because water is so essential to plant life. Without it, our plants cannot survive or thrive.
In fact, every living thing depends on water in order to survive. Getting adequate amounts of water to our plants is a necessity.
It is good when our plants can get a nice drink of water from the rain but at times especially during summer months when plants need all the water they can get, there is hardly any rain.
Hence we must step in and do our part. There are many ways in which we can get water to our plants which include, hand watering with a watering jug, a bucket, hose, or even a sprinkler attachment. There is another way however that we can make our watering job much easier especially when watering our lawns, gardens, and landscape areas which is by installing an irrigation system.
Irrigation systems can be as advanced as you want them to be for larger areas, or as simple as you want them for smaller areas. No matter how advanced or simple, you want to make sure that your irrigation system is working properly at all times.
This article was written for the homeowners who desire to take on minor irrigation repairs and to achieve their desired results.
In order to perform any job effectively, we need the right tools. I remember there were times when I sought to fix problems I encountered on the field and ended up frustrated simply because I did not have the right tools.
Having the right tools to do the job can save time. So investing in some inexpensive tools will help in the long run.
1. Hacksaw or pipe cutter
2. Spade shovel
3. Irrigation Shovel
4. Pic ax
5. Pipe glue
6. Eye goggles
7. Needle nose pliers
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Remember all you need is just a few simple tools to get the job done on small projects.
Small projects consist of pipe sizes that range from 1/2 to 1 inch.
Always have irrigation parts on hand, you do not know when you will need them. These parts consist of fittings, a few sprinkler heads, full, quarter, and half-cycle, PVC pipe of the same size. Remember to keep your supplies small because you are dealing with small repairs.
Signs of broken pipes
Signs that indicate that a pipe is broken include pressure loss. Because of this, the sprinkler heads do not pop up when irrigation comes on. Sprinkler heads may pop up but not all the way because the water flow is slow. If a pipe is broken, that area may be wet or damp. Also, plants and grass may show signs of falling back and in some cases even death. These are some signs to look for when determining a broken irrigation pipe.
Repairing broken pipes
When seeking to repair broken pipes, turn off the main water valve first. This will make repairing pipes possible without getting drenched. Next dig around the area where the pipe is broken, remove enough of the soil from both sides of the hole to allow flexibility for the pipe. Make sure to remove soil from underneath the pipe so that you can have room to work with it.
Once you have found where the pipe is broken, place a pipe cutter or hacksaw about 3-4 inches behind where the pipe is damaged and make a clean cut. Next, add a coupling or elbow if the break is at the curve, then place pipe glue on the edges and inner connections and firmly press together. The glue usually dries in about 2-3 minutes.
Cleaning sprinkler filters
The problem may not be a broken pipe, it may be that the filter needs to be cleaned. First, you will need to cut off the water from the control valve. Use a wrench to open the control valve because this will release the pressure.
Unscrew the filter case or chamber, this is what houses the filter. Once this is done, remove the filter. If the filter is dirty you will notice a build-up of dirt, you can either wash the sprinkler off in a bucket of water with a scrubbing brush or you can place it under a pump of running water to wash off.
When the filter has been cleaned, replace it back in the case or chamber make sure the chamber is firmly screwed back in place. Then you can proceed and turn the water on. If the filter is badly worn it may need to be replaced.
Cleaning clogged sprinkler heads
Sprinkler heads may get clogged because of grass that has grown around the heads or dirt and debris may get in the water system. One sure sign to know if your sprinkler head is clogged is water dripping from the head or the spray pattern is weak. When attempting to clean a clogged head the first thing that you should do is to lift the stem and hold it very firmly. Having needle-nose pliers will make the job easier.
Unscrew the head-turning counterclockwise. Once the head is loose remove it. Inside the stem, you will see the filter. Remove it, then clean with water. Place the filter back in, tighten and you are good to go.
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Adjusting sprinkler heads
Adjusting sprinkler heads is not hard at all. The heads are adjusted by turning the small screw on top of the nozzle. This will control the radius and distance in which the water is sprayed.
How to remove a sprinkler head
From time to time sprinkler heads will have to be removed because of a garden area being re-designed or additional plants being added to a garden area and so on.
How to raise a sprinkler head
Raising a sprinkler head may be needed at times especially when lawns and plants have grown considerably. Raising the head will ensure that your lawns and plants get the right amount of water they need. In this video, you will learn how quick and easy it is to raise a sprinkler head.
The final words
As you see these are projects you take when dealing with minor irrigation repairs. The job is not as hard as you think. All it takes is a little effort and determination.