Ensuring that your lawn receives sufficient watering is crucial as the temperature rises. Spring is the perfect time to prioritize the maintenance of your sprinkler system to ensure it operates efficiently. Regular maintenance allows you to detect and address any minor issues before they escalate into major problems that could be costly.
To keep your sprinkler system in top working order throughout the year, here are some essential maintenance steps:
- Close the drains: During the fall, it’s common practice to drain your sprinkler system and leave it open to allow standing water to drain out. However, it’s now time to close those drains before performing maintenance.
- Open the main valve: Open the main valve of the system gradually, considering that the pressure in the lines hasn’t been regulated yet. This allows the lines to fill gently with water, displacing any air in the system through the sprinkler heads.
- Check backflow prevention: Arrange for a certified tester to inspect the backflow prevention of your system. Ensure you comply with the rules and regulations concerning backflow by sending a copy of the certification to the city office. Zone-by-zone inspection: Focus on one zone at a time and run your sprinkler system. Look out for any leaks, damage to sprinkler heads, or damage to the lines. Address any necessary repairs promptly and replace parts or components that cannot be repaired. Ensure each zone’s sprinkler heads have accurate spray patterns and cover the intended areas. Adjust the sprinkler heads if necessary to avoid watering non-targeted areas like the driveway, walkway, patio, or deck. Additionally, ensure the spray is not obstructed by overgrown brush or other plants that may require pruning.
- Clean clogged heads and nozzles: Winter debris and heavy rains can cause sprinkler heads to become clogged or corroded, disrupting the spray pattern. Clean any clogged heads or nozzles to maintain optimal functionality.
- Install a rain sensor: Consider installing a rain sensor to conserve water and reduce costs. These devices automatically shut off your sprinkler system when a specific amount of rainfall is detected. The system resumes its programmed schedule once the moisture level returns to normal.
Remember, a sprinkler system is a convenient and efficient way to keep your yard lush and healthy. It’s essential to protect your investment by following these maintenance tips to ensure your sprinkler system performs at its best. If you want irrigation system installation or repair, contact Bumgardners Landscape Management for all your landscape needs.