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Can garden plants hurt sprinkler systems?
Does your sprinkler system get clogged with dirt? Should you rake in the garden to remove it? Does your yard need more light?
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As it turns out, there are many factors that determine how efficient your sprinkler system is. While our trained technicians can check to make sure you have the most suitable equipment, we can also suggest ways to increase its performance by improving your watering habits.
Some of the most common problems are:
"This sprinkler head is overheating - will I need to replace it?"
This is actually a really common problem. Over time, the water that makes it into your sprinkler system will become too hot to move. The reason it happens is that sprinkler heads allow water to move around freely through the holes in the top. Water is thrown in all directions but its flow is very limited. As a result, as the water comes into contact with metal around the holes, it heats up and eventually becomes so hot that the spring inside of it heats up, allowing water to move more freely through the holes. Over time, this can cause the heating element to burn out.
An inexpensive solution is to just put a cap on the sprinkler head so the water does not flow into it as much. However, you may also find you need a replacement head, so it is better to get your head repaired instead of replacing it with one that is just a bit different. Replacing it can cost as little as $4 - $5, depending on the store where you purchase it. The problem with just putting a cap on it is that the head will likely lose its effectiveness in controlling the volume and direction of water that comes out.
An even more expensive option is to replace the entire sprinkler head. This can also work well as a fix. The trouble is that you are spending money on something that just needs a new head, and you don't have a problem right now. It's better to try to fix this with a simple change first.
Fix: Changing the sprinkler head from one that heats the water to one that allows the water to flow freely.
"Is it really safe to walk barefoot on wet grass?
The short answer is, it depends on the climate where you live. If you're in the northeast, it's safe. It's not safe anywhere else.
It is possible for your grass to heat up to dangerous levels if you walk around barefoot in a part of the lawn that is shady and dry.
This is because the solar radiation that hits your bare feet has nowhere to go, but for the grass.
If you walk in the part of the lawn that is shaded by a large tree, you might find it uncomfortable, but you'll probably be fine as long as you don't step into a large puddle of water. If you do, your skin might start to sweat as it absorbs moisture. Once this starts to happen, you are more likely to get sick.
If you're in a part of the lawn that is in the sun and is exposed to wind, it will definitely get hot. However, once the grass starts to get hot, it will usually not get as hot as it could if you walked barefoot on the grass for an hour or more.
If you do find yourself barefoot and in the sun, the best solution is to stay out of the sun until your feet cool down. You can use some baking soda on them for a few minutes before you head into the sun, and you can also put on a hat. This will help keep your head cooler, too.
Fix: For hot parts of the lawn, a hat with a wide brim will help you stay cooler. You can also wear shoes with insoles made from a material like neoprene.
"My sprinkler heads are shooting water sideways instead of down - can you help?"
If you live in an area that experiences a lot of wind, this is very common. This is actually due to a design issue on the part of the head. Sprinkler heads are made in such a way that they aim their water downward. If a wind is blowing, the water that is flung by the head up into the air can go sideways instead of downward. This can cause problems when the water hits the side of your house. It can also cause puddles and run-off, especially if you live in a flood plain.
When you call for sprinkler services, you will likely be asked for the name of the sprinkler head you need fixed. In some cases, it might be easy to order parts for the replacement. However, if it is difficult to identify, you can always come back in. Your technician will need to see the problem to ensure that it can be fixed. It is common for the problem to come from one of the following reasons:
1.The "wind deflector" has been left on. The wind deflector was intended to keep the water going straight into the ground. However, if the wind is strong enough, it can bend the deflector away from its original position. This means the water can go sideways instead of downward.
2. The "anti-tip" on the top of the head has been removed. If the anti-tip was not installed, it will make the deflector inoperable.