There’s a reason that drip irrigation is becoming the most popular choice when it comes to picking an irrigation system, not just in North Carolina, but all across the globe. Not only does it help you conserve water and is extremely efficient, but with the simplicity of drip irrigation, there is not much extra work for you to do. No need to skip your vacation to hand water your soil, drip irrigation will handle it while you’re away. However, with the system being out of sight, it’s easy for it to get out of mind.
Drip irrigation systems can last you for years, but only if you keep it well maintained. In this post, we’re going to provide you with a few basic checks and actions you need to take to keep your system operational.
While you don’t have to check your system daily, or even weekly, it’s important to keep an eye out to ensure that everything is in working order and your soil isn’t getting overwatered, or not receiving enough moisture. Here are a few areas you want to be sure to check:
- Fittings – Go around to each valve zone on your landscape, and double-check that all connections are secure. Having the wrong sized, or busted fitting can result in a large amount of water loss in a very short amount of time.
- Filter – The filters in your drip irrigation system are key to prevent clogs from sediments and other contaminants and help extend its longevity. Check to make sure that you have the correct type and size of filter.
- Leaks? – This one is obvious, but ensure that the water is getting evenly distributed amongst the area. If some parts are dry and others are puddled, you’ll know something is wrong. This could indicate a leak in the system or a bad emitter.
- Controller – Perform a manual run with the controller on and ensure that every valve is open and go around checking for leaks and flow. Also, double check that the timer is set to the right intervals and isn’t overwatering the area.
- Pressure – One of the most common causes for a drip irrigation malfunction is that the pressure is too high. Check each lateral drive and confirm that the pressure is correct.