Opening Your Sprinkler System for Spring
Spring is finally here and you’re ready to transform your dull, brown grass into the lush, green space that you enjoyed all last summer. But where do you start? If you read our recent blog post about getting your lawn ready for spring, you’ll know that getting your sprinkler system going is going to get your lawn back to its former glory in no time at all.
You’ve probably had your sprinkler system winterized before temperatures dipped which means that you’ll need to complete a system opening to make sure your sprinkler system is ready for use again. Doing a little spring cleaning on your irrigation system helps extend the life of your system and also has the added benefits of improving your watering efficiency, saving time and even saving money.
We’ve put together a spring start up guide to help you make sure your sprinkler system is running at peak performance. However, we always recommend hiring a professional irrigation contractor to ensure your system is set up properly.
- Open the main water valve of the system to let the pipes slowly fill with water. If the valves are opened too quickly, you run the risk of cracking or bursting your pipes due to the high pressure and uncontrolled water flow.
- Manually activate each station valve from the controller to verify proper operation.
- Ensure each zone is operating properly by walking through each station. This is when you need to check for the right operating pressure, proper rotation or adjustment of sprinkler heads and lawn coverage. You will need to clean and check the filters on sprinkler heads that are performing poorly.
- Reprogram your control panel for automatic watering. You might need to replace the controller’s backup battery if needed.
- Uncover and clean the sprinkler system’s weather sensor, if necessary.
Keep in mind that it’s always best to hire a professional contractor when doing a system opening or winterization on your irrigation system. These types of contractors are experts for a reason – they are experienced with hydraulics, sprinkler system layout, soil types and watering requirements. This ensures that no damage is done to your system while it’s being fiddled with or tested.