The snow is melting and patches of green are reappearing across your yard. That means spring time is right around the corner and you can finally return to your happy place out in the sun and fresh air. Before you begin your spring gardening, however, it’s a good idea to tune up your most important tool: your sprinkler.
Here are some tips to make sure your automatic sprinkler system is ready to take on the season!
Don’t start sprinkling until spring has sprung
With the rise in temperature comes an immediate urge to get back outdoors and into your garden. However, don’t let your excitement kick start your sprinkler system too early. If the ground is still frozen, the water from your sprinkler could potentially cause damage to your pipes. Check the soil with a shovel to make sure it’s at least frost-free 12 inches deep before starting up the sprinkler.
Check for wear & tear
To ensure that your system is in tip-top shape for spring, it’s important to check the functionality and flow of its parts. Be sure to check for anything that could obstruct the water flow from the sprinkler head, such as rocks, dirt, or other debris. These elements could not only back up water flow, but also cause the sprinkler to distribute water unevenly on your lawn.
Nozzles and sprinklers are built to withstand the elements, but are no match for lawn mowers or snow blowers. Check all valves, nozzles, and pipes for cracks and worn out components. It’s necessary to check up on these parts frequently and replace them when needed.
Pressure & valves of your sprinkler system
A leaky valve can waste your water and your money. Be sure to inspect all valves of your irrigation system to make sure they’re operating properly. When you’re ready to restore water to your sprinkler, it’s important to open the main water valve slowly. Turning it on too quickly can result in a high-pressure surge called a water hammer. Gradually allowing the pipes to fill with water will keep the pressure under control and prevent costly damages.
Follow these simple tips and your sprinkler will be ready to tackle your landscape. If your system needs servicing before the watering season begins, Suburban Lawn Sprinkler Co. is here to help! Call us at 508-872-2727 today to learn more about how we can keep your lawn sprinkler system running perfectly.