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October 27, 2017

3 Important Irrigation Spring Maintenance Tips

When spring arrives, and freezing temperatures cease, it's time for Spring maintenance and to turn on sprinkler systems and start watering again. However, when you do so, several very important steps are needed to prevent damaged pipes or irrigation components. Spring start-up guide has been provided below to help ensure your irrigation system is up and running with ease and efficiency.

Proper Way to Turn On your Sprinkler System

There is a right way and a wrong way to turn on your irrigation system.

Step 1:

Open the irrigation system, main water valve slowly to allow pipes to fill with water gradually. If these valves are opened too quickly, sprinkler main lines are subjected to high pressure surges, uncontrolled flow and water hammer; which may cause them to crack or burst.

Step 2:

Verify the proper operation of each station valve by manually activating all zones from the controller.

Step 3:

Walk through each station on the controller, checking for proper operation of the zone. Check for proper operating pressure (low pressure indicates a line break or missing sprinkler components), proper rotation and adjustment of sprinkler heads, and adequate coverage. Check and clean filters and nozzles on poorly performing sprinklers. Adjust heads to grade as necessary ensuring the top of each head is flush with the ground.  These are just a few of the many possible scenarios that may be cause for an inefficient irrigation system.

Step 4:

Reprogram the controller for automatic watering. Replace the controller back-up battery if necessary.

Have the controller scheduled properly for the right amount of water for each type of sprinkler and plant material and change the schedule based on local weather conditions. Schedule periodic inspections with professionals to ensure proper system functioning, make repairs as needed, and update products when appropriate. A professional can help you with your Spring maintenance.

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If you're looking for someone to help with your Spring maintenance, and to make significant improvements in general, look no further than Smart Rain. For your commercial space, Smart Rain is at the top of the game in terms of technological advancements. They can save you 30-50% on your water bill, provide sources for tax rebates, and help you be a new name in water conservation.

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