Your sprinkler system is one of the most important parts of your home’s curb appeal, and it is important to keep it in good working order. Servicing your sprinkler system regularly will ensure that it continues to operate efficiently and effectively. As such, knowing how often your sprinkler system needs to be serviced is important.

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Regular Irrigation System Maintenance

There are two main reasons you need regular irrigation system maintenance.

1. Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance helps to keep your system operating at peak efficiency. This means that your system will use less water, which can save you money on your water bill. Additionally, preventative maintenance can help to prevent problems with your sprinkler system. By catching potential issues early, you can avoid more serious and expensive repairs down the road.

Preventative maintenance is also important because it can help to extend the life of your sprinkler system. Just like any other type of machinery, your sprinkler system will eventually wear out. However, by servicing the system regularly, you can help to prolong its life. This can save you money in the long run, as you won’t have to replace your system as often, and small issues will be noticed and repaired quickly before it gets out of hand.

2. Unknown Issues

Regular professional inspections and check-ups can help identify small problems so that they can be repaired, thereby preventing them from becoming worse or causing other problems from developing.

Common Sprinkler System Problems

The following are some of the most common issues that can be prevented with regular maintenance:

  • Clogged Nozzles: Over time, your sprinkler system’s nozzles can become clogged with dirt and debris. This can reduce the water pressure of your system and cause your sprinklers to operate less efficiently. Regularly cleaning your system’s nozzles will help to prevent this problem.
  • Leaks: Leaks can occur in any part of your sprinkler system, including the pipes, fittings, and valves. These leaks can not only waste water, but they can also lead to damage to your lawn and landscaping. It’s important that you have a professional check your system for leaks on a regular basis.
  • Broken Heads: Broken heads can cause water to spray in the wrong direction, like onto your house or sidewalk instead of your lawn. Additionally, broken heads can waste water by spraying larger areas than necessary. Regularly checking your system for broken heads and replacing them as needed will help to keep your system operating properly.

When Should I Have My Sprinkler System Serviced?

As a general rule of thumb, you should have your sprinkler system serviced at least twice per year. You can schedule an inspection before the winter season to ensure that it’s properly winterized, and another inspection before the start of the spring season when you’ll begin relying on your system heavily to keep your lawn looking great.

The best way to determine how often you should service your sprinkler system is to talk to a professional irrigation specialist like Sprinkler Pro. We can assess your system and give you a recommendation based on the specific type of system you have, the climate you live in, and how often you use your system.

Schedule Sprinkler System Maintenance Today

If it’s been a while since your sprinkler system was serviced, or if you’re not sure how often it should be serviced, now is the time to contact a professional. To schedule a maintenance visit, contact us at Sprinkler Pro today.