The heat is coming in the state of Arizona and if you want your grass to stay green and your plants to stay lush through the heat it will require an efficient sprinkler system. A quarterly sprinkler system audit should be completed annually to ensure your sprinkler system is operating correctly.
A sprinkler system audit entails running through the turf zones and insuring each sprinkler head is operating correctly, nozzle is properly adjusted, and no leaks in the system. This process will result in money savings due to the system will be functioning efficiently with zero water waste.
The typical problems that will arise during an audit: broken or leaking sprinkler lines, broken sprinkler body, and chipped or damaged nozzles.
Broken lateral line repair
A broken sprinkler line can be observed as an area that has reached saturation level (water pooling) or you can see bubbles. To begin this repair, be sure to turn sprinkler system off. Next located the center of the leak and carefully dig around the pipe until it is completely exposed. Be sure to expose pipe beyond the break. Cut out the damaged section of pipe. Clean the edges of the pipe.
A slip fix is the recommended method for the repair, due to simplicity. Prior to purchasing slip fix measure pipe diameter to ensure correct slip fix. You will also need a coupler for this repair and PVC glue. We recommend Christy’s all in one primer glue. Now install coupler on one side of the clean-cut pipe. Measure slip fix and cut out addition pipe if needed.
Glue the slip fix on other side of pipe, now slide slip fix into other coupler. You want to make sure the pipes are clean and glue makes a full seal. Give the glue time to dry, then turn zone on and check that the repair is not leaking. At this time you can backfill back over the repair.
Broken sprinkler and nozzle repair
To replace a broken sprinkler you must first shut off the irrigation system. Next locate the leaking head and carefully unearth the ground from around the sprinkler body. Be careful not to dig to deep and damage existing sprinkler lines. After the broken body is exposed remove the body and riser.
You need to measure the body and purchase new body to same specifications. At this time we advise you to purchase a new nozzle and riser. First measure the riser depth, and cut to size. Teflon both ends, screw the body on to the riser. Next thread the riser and body in to the PVC fitting.
At this time, turn the zone on with out the nozzle installed to allow the water to flush debris from the line. Once water is clear turn zone off, and install screen, nozzle. System is now ready for a test run and final nozzle adjustments, always double check for leaks. After everything is working correctly you can back fill the area.