Throughout Austin, TX, many homeowners rely on lawn sprinkler systems to keep their yards lush and green. However, not everyone understands that they need to maintain this system and have it inspected regularly. Too often, the TLC Home Inspections, PLLC inspectors don’t hear from a homeowner until it’s too late. That’s why we always encourage homeowners to properly maintain their systems and have the entire system inspected every five years. Here are some of the basic maintenance tips you can start on today.
1. Adjust Water Usage
Unlike other areas of the country, Texas doesn’t always experience drastic changes in seasons. Still, it’s good for your sprinkler system if you adjust water usage with seasonal changes. In the summer, when it’s the hottest, your sprinkler system will work harder and longer than during the cooler months. To give your sprinkler system a break and still maintain your lawn, turn down the water flow and frequency. This will not only save you money, but it will also give prevent you from overwatering your lawn.
2. Regularly Check for Leaks
Just like any system in your home, the sprinkler system is a network of different hoses, features, and electrical components that work together as a whole. This means you should be inspecting it regularly for leaks, broken nozzles, and clogged sprinkler heads. All of these malfunctions could cost you more money and cause other zones in your lawn to go dry. If you want your sprinkler system to last and work properly, look for failures and malfunctions at least once a week.
3. Check for Run-Off
If you notice that one area of your lawn is getting more water than others or that your driveway is soaked after each cycle, then it’s time to adjust your sprinkler heads. Sprinkler run-off not only costs you money in water usage, but it’s also an inefficient way to water your lawn. Run-off onto your driveway or flooding in areas of your lawn can also send chemicals and fertilizers into the storm drains and underground waterways. Adjust sprinkler heads and water pressure accordingly whenever necessary.
Call for a Sprinkler Inspection Today
When was the last time you had your lawn sprinkler system inspected? If you can’t remember, then it’s time to call the team at TLC Home Inspections. Our 30- to 45-minute evaluation could save you money on repairs and utilities. We’ll make sure the entire system is operating properly, and if we find a problem, we can make expert recommendations for repairs. We proudly serve residents throughout Austin, Georgetown, and San Antonio, TX, and also offer other inspections, including mold, pre-listing, and termite. To schedule your appointment, call us today at (512) 900-2191.