Nobody wants to knowingly waste, but since about half that of typical household water consumption outdoors, a poorly designed irrigation system is usually the cause. But it also results from plant plants in the wrong places. Most people do not really monitor the operation of their drip irrigation. Most of the time, they moved their operation, whether their investments are doing well or not.
Here is a list of common practices to keep the good landscape professionals. Read through some of these deficiencies with your own existing system can reveal. The following items can not be in more costly repairs, perform inefficient irrigation, over irrigation and higher maintenance costs.
All irrigation systems shall be equipped with a vacuum circuit breaker, required by the Uniform Plumbing Code. These could over ground atmospheric vacuum breakers that are incorporated in the over ground valves, or could be a vacuum circuit breaker which is installed upstream of the valves, which would then be located underground in a valve box. Aboveground valves should not in climates where freezing is a concern to be used and exposed PVC pipe is not a good idea.
A check valve should be located along your route before the main vacuum breaker, so you can turn off the irrigation line for repairs and at the same water for the main house.
Drip systems operate at low pressure, typically 20-30 psi. A pressure reducing valve is installed downstream of the valve so that the pressure and passes through the drip line from the emitter is low enough so that the valves do not blow off. Since there is no glue used in PVC pipes drip fittings designed for low-pressure water output.
Lateral drip lines should be placed in pipe sleeves if damaged under driveways, patios or other surfaces to growing areas of hard surfaces or other landscape such as walls, planters, access etc. separately This allows the pipeline in the first place, without the ability to be installed or bent and enables the pipes to be pulled out and be replaced later if necessary.
Emitters for each plant should have a separate hose ¼ “hose to the side. Not let you split the ¼” to feed more than a bush because you are diluting the amount of water can be used as to achieve the plant.
Keep the ¼ “lines not measured more than 10 feet long from the sidelines. This can be inserted from the side into loops or T-pieces to provide relatively close distance to all the bushes in a particular zone.
Adequately bury the side and ¼ “hose. 6-8 the lateral line should be buried.” If it is accidentally cut with a pick or shovel later, it is easy to repair. Since the side of the valve is, they are not out under pressure when the valve is in operation. ¼ “hose is often not buried deep enough often placed just below the gravel layer. ¼” hose should be buried several inches into the ground, so that the lines stay in place and do not get easily pulled out a rake and exposed.
Avoid locating your irrigation valves relying on hose bibs….