We are in the midst of Spring, and soon it will be time to turn on your sprinklers and get your yard ready for the season. In doing so, there are many things to consider to ensure that your system is where it needs to be to meet the demands of the summer months. Utah residents have many things to consider after the long summer months, and even the best sprinkler system can have unseen damage after the long winter season.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Check your timer box and make sure OFF before you make any changes
- Check your back-flow device
- Check all of your valves to ensure that they are in working order
- Check the drain, blow out point is tight!
- Locate the main shut off point. Always good to confirm location BEFORE it is needed.
- Make sure the drain valve located next to the irrigation shut off (sometimes it is just a hose bib type valve) is closed. You are now ready to turn in the water.
- Turn the main irrigation supply line on SLOWLY! You should hear water running for a few seconds then stop. Check to make sure no leaks are present. If the water does not stop running, more than likely there is a valve still open on the outside of the house (on or around the Backflow device). Turn off the water and go look for any sign of water spraying. Close the valve (if that’s the case) and go turn the water back on. Listen again, if it runs for a bit then gets quiet you are ready to proceed.
- Now the water is on and there is no sign of water leaking anywhere. Go outside and SLOWLY open the ball valve closest to the house, or first on the line coming out of the house. This should pressurize the Backflow device.
- SLOWLY open the other ball valve and leave at a 45° angle. The irrigation mainline is now charging. This may take several minutes, but eventually you are listening for the water to stop running. As it charges, walk around and do a visual inspection, looking for any signs of water spraying or accumulating on the surface, look in the in-ground boxes as well. If leaks are found, determine whether or not you, as a homeowner can fix them or if you need to call a professional.
- Once the mainline has charged and there is no evidence of leaks, open the ball valve on the Backflow device all the way. If a zone or station seems to be stuck on and you are sure the clock is turned off and the selenoids two finger tight it may be that the small bleed screw located next to the selenoid needs to be snugged down.
- The main line is charged. No signs of leaks. Go to the irrigation clock and manually run through all zones. As each zone runs, visually look for leaks and proper head adjustment. Make sure to check all sprinkler heads in each station.
- If everything looks good, program your timer for optimal water settings using our guide.
- If you have a pump attached to the system, make sure the pump is isolated. Irrigation systems should not run on house and pump water at the time because of the risk of contamination. When it comes time to use the pump, shut the valves on the backflow device and switch over.
All of the above steps may seem like a lot, and it is. At any point in the process if you notice a problem, stop and make sure the problem is solved BEFORE your proceed. Moving through the process may cause damage and a simple repair can turn into a major one very quickly.
Save yourself some time and frustration with ensuring your system is up and running right the first time. Call us now and to schedule a Spring Turn On and Walkthrough to make sure your system is up and running to meet the demands of the long summer season. Click here to get a $10 off coupon for your Spring checkup!
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