1. Always be sure to handle your sprinklers with care. Avoid dropping on the ground, rough housing, or dragging sprinklers across hard surfaces. Be sure to remove sprinklers from your hose before winding your hose onto a hose reel. This will prolong your sprinkler's lifespan and help to avoid accidental damage to internal or external components.
2. Make sure the washer is firmly in place in the coupling of your sprinkler, before attaching the hose. Washers are designed to prevent leaking during use. Filter Washers have a built-in screen that's designed to trap debris that may be in your hose before it accidentally may become lodged inside.
3. Did you know there is a right sprinkler depending on your yard's shape and size? Tools like the Ray Padula MyYard can easily determine the the perfect sprinkler for your exact yard.
4. Before first use of sprinklers in the spring, be sure to flush your hose with water for a few minutes before connecting to your sprinkler. This will make sure that any debris that may have become lodged in your hose is washed clear before causing any accidental damage.
5. Never leave sprinklers under pressure when not in use. Most sprinklers are not designed to be used under static pressure without water flow for extended periods of time.
6. It's best to remove sprinklers from your hose when not in use. Doing so at least a few times throughout the season will avoid any potential fusion of metal threads that may happen with certain hoses or sprinklers.
7. Always detach, completely drain of water, and store your sprinkler indoors before and during any freezing weather.
8. Only use sprinklers outdoors, with cold water, attached to a standard garden hose, and with water pressure less than 80 PSI, unless otherwise noted for the specific product you are using.
9. When not using your sprinkler, safely store it inside a cool, sheltered area - such as the garage or shed. This will remove your sprinkler from the elements, such as direct sunlight, and harsh weather, prolonging its lifespan.
10. To avoid over watering, under watering, or forgetting to turn on or turn off the sprinkler, consider purchasing an automatic timer. Timers are designed to bring sophisticated controls to your faucet. These handy products automatically turn your sprinkler ON and OFF.