July 1, 2011

Taking Care of Your Hose Faucet Sprinkler System

Hose faucet watering is becoming more and more popular. It is easy to set up and a breeze to operate. For an above-ground lawn irrigation system, it is important to take care of all the components you use to keep them running efficiently. There are a few things you can do to make your above-ground lawn sprinkler system last longer.
First, flush your garden hoses before every watering season to make sure nothing is clogging them. As well as flushing the watering hoses, check your lawn sprinklers to make sure the nozzles are clean and there is no debris, grit or hard water or mineral build-up that can cause blockages.
Next, check your hose faucet watering timer to make sure it is working properly. After each sprinkler season, be sure to remove the batteries so they do not corrode inside the timer and make it ineffective. Also, test each sprinkler station or zone to ensure that they are all working properly and to your specifications.
Third, check your garden hoses for rips, tears or damage. You may need some hose menders to repair water hose ends. Garden water hose menders can either tighten by screw or with clinches or clamps. They come in many different sizes and threads to meet the needs of your garden hoses.
Last, be sure to check all your filters, manifold(s) and additional valves - if any - to ensure that they are all clean and that they screw on correctly. The threading on these Orbit sprinkler parts should be thickly grooved and not be bare or stripped.
Making sure all these things are working and doing proper maintenance on your hose faucet connected yard sprinkler system is extremely important. Your hose faucet watering system can last for many years and provide excellent watering coverage if you take care of it and check it often.


Phil Goold is a retired landscaper of 30 years. He loves being outside more than anything else, except maybe pie. He enjoys connecting with other landscapers and gardeners because everyone brings something new and fun to the table. Connect with Phil on Twitter and Google+.

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