Maintaining Spring Irrigation Systems
Useful Advice from Your Professional Lawn Care Experts
With the steadily rising temperatures, frequent rain showers, chirping birds, and the tiniest hint of emerging green shoots, you know that spring is in the air. While you start ticking off your checklist of spring cleaning activities, don’t forget to do a spring start-up for your property’s irrigation system. After all, the timing and amount of watering is critical in achieving a flourishing lawn, blooming flower beds and thriving vegetable patches during the coming months.
Top Five Tips to Conduct a Spring Start Up
In order to prolong the life and efficiency of your property’s irrigation system, it is important to conduct maintenance activities multiple times in the year. Here are some suggestions to ensure a proper spring tune-up, especially for Pennsylvanian homes that fully winterize their irrigation systems.
- Don’t Start Too Early: Although everything outside indicates that spring has arrived, the soil beneath the landscape takes the longest to thaw. Starting your sprinklers while the ground is still frozen could damage or cause the pipes to burst and be disastrous for your irrigation system. To make sure that the timing is right, use a shovel to dig a patch or two, up to 12 inches deep, and check if the soil is frost-free at that depth. If you hit any rock-solid patches, wait for another week and retest the soil before starting the system.
- Conduct Visual Checks:
- Sprinklers, Pipes, Nozzles: An errant lawn mower or snow plow could damage the sprinkler heads, pipes or nozzle, which could lead to uneven water distribution, or wastage of water once you start the system. Conduct a visual check of all the components, remove blockages created by dust and debris, and replace any broken or damaged parts.
- Valves: The valves are at the core of your irrigation system as they regulate the water flow, and prevent wastages. A damaged or leaky valve could mean skyrocketing water bills. Ensure that the valves are working properly by manually activating each zone from the controller.
- Get the Controls in Order: Review the program settings in your control panel to make sure that the date, time and zone-wise water distribution is in order. Replace the back-up battery of the timer/ controller periodically.
- Regulate the Water Flow: When you restore the water supply during a spring start-up, the pipes may be at the receiving end of uncontrolled flow, or water hammer (sudden surge in water pressure). This will not only cause pipe bursts, but also damage the valves and lead to costly repairs and replacements. Open the system’s main valve in a gradual and controlled manner so that the pipes fill up slowly and safely.
- Water Supply Checks: Once you have started the system, walk through your property and check if the water supply is as per your settings for each zone. Inspect the pressure, rotation and coverage and make required adjustments to the sprinkler heads and pressure settings.
Leave Your Irrigation System Maintenance to the Professionals
Conduct a proper spring tune-up, mid-season check and winterization of your property’s irrigation system in order to prevent an unhealthy, patchy lawn and keep monstrous water bills at bay. If you lead a hectic lifestyle, or do not wish to get your hands dirty, leave this job to the professionals at Sabia Landscaping & Tree Services Inc. Our team has the technical know-how about various sprinkler systems, hydraulics, and soil-based watering requirements for properties in and around Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County. In addition to time-saving and reliable seasonal maintenance services, we can also design and install new irrigation systems or repair and modify your existing ones.
For all your irrigation requirements, choose Sabia Landscaping & Tree Services Inc. Call us at (215) 822-3886 or contact us using our online form and we will be in touch with you soon.