When spring arrives, and freezing temperatures cease, it’s time to turn on irrigation systems and start watering again. It’s always best to hire a professional contractor, but use this guide to springtime sprinkler maintenance and get the blooming season off to a great start.
1. Check the Soil
All signs may point to the arrival of spring, but the soil under than landscape is always the last to thaw. Starting your irrigation system while the ground is still frozen can result in damage to the pipes. Using a shovel, make sure the soil has thawed to a depth of at least 12 inches.
2. Inspect the Controller
Check your controller by dusting away any cobwebs, making sure the time and date are correct, check settings for your watering needs, replace the back-up battery in the times/controller every 6 months, and keep a copy of the watering scheduled nearby.
3. Check for Obstructions
Remove any rocks, dirt, sand, or any other types of debris that may block water flow from the sprinkler heads.
4. Check for Wear and Tear
Check and replace any cracked, chipped or worn components, such as sprinkler heads, nozzles, valves, or pipes. Broken sprinklers can cost you in water bills and do damage to lawns if left unresolved.
5. Closely Inspect the Valves
Visually inspect each valve to make sure they’re operating correctly and that there are no leaks. Leaky valves will waste water and increase your water bill. And, before turning the system back on, make sure that all of the manual drain valves are in the closed position. If you notice any overly wet areas, it could be due to a leaky valve.
6. Check for Surge
When restoring water to your sprinkler system, open the main valve slowly to allow the pipes to fill with water in a gradual and controlled manner to avoid system damage from a water pressure surge.
7. Water Pressure Check
Check that the water pressure is within the suggested operating range, which is typically 40-65 PSI. One way to detect if the pressure is too high is if the water is “misting” out of your sprinkler heads.
Springtime Sprinkler Maintenance
Make sure your automatic sprinkler system is ready for another season of lawn and garden watering with these 7 springtime sprinkler maintenance steps. It will go a long way toward saving water, money, and preventing mid-summer landscaping problems.
Nichols Lawncare professionals provide quality lawn care and maintenance services in the Fayetteville and Springdale area of Arkansas. We offer a variety of services from basic lawn mowing, landscape maintenance, sprinkler maintenance to more extensive lawn care projects. Call us today at (479) 502-2192 and leave your lawn in the best hands.