For this article I would like to talk about the importance of keeping up with your irrigation system during the soaring heat and the hottest months of the year that we experience in Texas. Checking for leaks, broken sprinkler heads and the system it self making sure its watering the way you intended to help keep your lawn looking its best.

As temperatures rise to extreme temperatures reaching 100 F degrees DAILY! your irrigation system it self will start to feel the stress as well. As the soil heats up well over the daily temperature sometimes even reaching 115 F degrees the pipes can become brittle, crack or warp leading to leaks. It is very important to check for these leaks and damages as this can cause multiple problems if not taken care of as soon as possible.

The first signs of a faulty irrigation system can be based on your lawn, you may start to notice certain spots not getting appropriate water if your grass blades become thin, curl up or start yellowing. This can also mean your sprinkler heads not being calibrated correctly, whether its the amount pressure or the rotation not being set correctly. The last thing you want is having your sprinkler head shoot water at your drive way, the street or areas that does not require water. If you are experiencing low pressure from one of your sprinkler heads it may mean you have a leak underground from a valve or pipe.

Paying attention to your sprinkler heads before, during and after watering can let you know if you have a broken head, replacing these are not hard and often inexpensive. If you have a sprinkler head that leaks well after the system has stopped watering, consistently leaking through out the day and has already been replaced it may mean that you have an underground leak and should get it checked as soon as possible.

Other signs to look for are mysterious looking holes that are near your irrigation system (sometimes confused for an animal digging), combined with a pretty high water bill can mean you have a leak near that area. Sometimes your lawn will still get the water it needs and still have a leak, it all depends where the leak is located, sometimes these leaks can go unnoticed for sometime until you see that outrageous water bill!