The drip irrigation system that is installed on your property waters plants and grass directly at their roots. Although this type of system conserves more water than traditional systems, small problems can occur if it is operated on a regular basis. If you ever notice that water is not spraying out evenly from the system, the sprinkler head may be clogged. Learn how to remove debris from the head's interior and clean the filter and the head's exterior with the following steps.
- wet/dry vacuum cleaner
- bucket of warm, soapy water
- wire brush
- abrasive sponge
- rubbing alcohol
- lint-free cloths
- water hose
Remove The Sprinkler Head And Clean The Filter
Turn off the irrigation system. Locate the sprinkler head. An outer case will be surrounding it. This part will be sticking straight up from the ground. Use a screwdriver to loosen and remove any hardware that is holding the sprinkler head in place. Turn the sprinkler head counter-clockwise and pull it up and away from the casing that surrounds it. Turn the sprinkler head upside down and locate the filter. It will be near the base.
Slide the filter out from the bracket that it is secured to, and lay it on a flat surface. Use the hose from a wet/dry vacuum cleaner to remove any particles or debris that are stuck on the filter. Place the vacuumed filter in a bucket of warm, soapy water to remove any residue that wasn't removed with the vacuum's hose. Move the filter back and forth to assist with loosening debris. Remove the clean filter from the bucket and set it aside while you are cleaning the sprinkler head.
Clean The Sprinkler Head
Dip the sprinkler head into the bucket of soapy water. Wipe the head off with an abrasive sponge. Use a wire brush to loosen debris from the holes that run across the top of the head, as well as its interior parts. If there are any stains on the head's surface, remove them with rubbing alcohol. Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a lint-free cloth and wipe the sprinkler head while using firm pressure. Rinse the sprinkler head with a water hose and dry it off with a clean cloth.
Reattach The Sprinkler Head
Place the clean sprinkler head into the casing. Turn it clockwise until it is tight. Reattach the hardware with a screwdriver. Turn on the drip irrigation system to make sure that it is working properly. Inspect and clean the sprinkler head after excessive use to keep it operating order.
If your drip irrigation system is still not functioning properly, it may be in need of more extensive repairs. A company like the one represented at http://www.dwestenterprises.com can handle this for you.