Spring Start Up
Spring is here! Freezing temperatures are on the decline, and it's a good time to turn on irrigation systems, and make sure it is functioning properly. You do not need to begin watering just, yet, but as temperatures continue to rise so does our demand. If you intend to perform your own Spring start-up; you should take a few very important steps to make sure you do not damage pipes, or irrigation components. It is always best to hire a professional contractor, but if you want to do it yourself, we have provided a spring start-up guide below to help ensure your system is up, and running with ease, and efficiency.
STEP 1 Turn on your main water supply to your system Open the system main water valve slowly to allow the main line to the backflow to fill with water gradually. If these are opened too quickly the line is subjected to high surge pressures, uncontrolled flow, and water hammer. Which may cause your pipe, or backflow to crack, or burst. Check for leaks then move on to step two.
STEP 2 Open Backflow Preventor Open the backflow slowly to allow the main line to fill with water gradually. If the check valves are opened too quickly the sprinkler main lines are subjected to high surge pressures, uncontrolled flow, and water hammer which may cause them, or your valves to crack, or burst. STEP 3 Open valves one at a time Verify the proper operation of each station valve by manually activating all zones from the controller. STEP 4 Run sprinklers from timer Walk through each station on the controller checking for proper operation of each zone. Check for proper operating pressure, (low pressure indicates a line break, or broken sprinkler) proper rotation, adjustment of sprinkler heads, and adequate coverage.
STEP 5 Check nozzles, and clean filters on poorly performing sprinklers.
Adjust heads to grade as necessary. Sprinkler Repair Guy will repair, or replace up to 5 nozzles, and adjust 5 heads for those on our Annual Maintenance Program. Additional parts will cause a fee.
STEP 6 Adjust timer Reprogram the controller for automatic watering. Replace the backup battery if necessary. STEP 7 Uncover, and clean the system weather sensor if applicable. Remember it is always best to hire a qualified professional contractor when performing tasks like Spring Start-Up. Irrigation contractors are experts in hydraulics, proper sprinkler system layout, plant watering requirements, and soil types. Their skills will ensure a water-efficient system, and years of trouble-free operation. Book a Spring Start-up before April 15th for $50