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Maintenance


Checklist Whether the property in question is a residence, commercial site or a sport- ing venue, irrigation systems installed at each will require the same mainte- nance and oversight. Mansell offers the following irrigation maintenance checklist as an example for contractors to follow:


1. Examine the landscape for any modifications. New trees, shrubs, planting beds, fences and hardscapes may require changes to the irrigation system’s design.


2. Check for obstructions. Remove any dirt or debris from sprays and rotors. Also, check for overgrown turf or shrubs that may be interfering with the spray pattern.


3. Inspect components for wear and tear. Replace broken or worn nozzles, valves, pipes and other components.


4. Check the valves. Inspect valves closely to ensure they are working properly with no leakage.


5. Check for surge. Open valve slowly when restoring water to a system to avoid damage from a potential water pressure surge.


6. Check water pressure. Make sure water pressure is within the suggested operating range, typically 45 – 60 psi. Water pressure can change over time, particularly in newer developments as additional homes or buildings are constructed and added to the area’s water service.


7. Examine the controller. Clean the unit, check its settings and replace the battery backup. Reset the watering schedule if necessary. Landscapes don’t need the same amount of water all year long.


8. Suggest potential system upgrades. More efficient system components, including pressure- regulating sprays and rotors, weather-smart controllers and low- volume drip irrigation can reduce water consumption and improve system performance.


irrigationtoday.org 25 Photo Credit: Rain Bird


Photo Credit: Rain Bird


Lynette Von Minden is a senior public relations


counsel for Swanson Russell, a marketing com- munications agency in Lincoln, Nebraska.


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