Top Tips for Spring Sprinkler Maintenance

Spring has sprung! Spring means a lot of things – it is a time of rebirth and awakening. The winter is over, the snow has melted, flowers are starting to bloom… and you need to get your sprinkler system in tiptop shape.

Why the need to undergo spring sprinkler maintenance

Your sprinkler system has “hibernated” during the winter season and you need to work the kinks out to ensure that everything is in working condition. Some common problems on the sprinkler system during the winter season include:

–          Physical damage to sprinkler heads or changes in the position of the sprinkler heads

–          Bursting or frozen pipes because of failure to thoroughly drain the pipe.

–          Leakages in the piping, fittings or couplings

–          Insects using the sprinklers and sprinkler system as their “winter home” and causing clogged sprinkler heads

–          Buildup of calcium in the sprinkler heads

Here are some tips to remember to ensure that there are no unpleasant surprises when you turn your water valve on:

–          Check that all manual drain valves are closed. You may have left some of these open during fall when the system was thoroughly drained.

–           Slowly turn on the main water valve. This will gradually fill the pipes between the valve and the cross connection. If you open the main water valve too quickly, this may cause damage. Allow the system to be slowly filled with water.

–          Turn on each zone valve manually. This is to check if each zone is in working condition. Check for any leakage within the system. Valves that don’t properly spray the water indicate that there is a leak.  Leaks may be caused by the drying up of flexible seals during the winter season.

–          Check the condition of the sprinkler heads (its rotation capacity and clogging). The spray patterns should also be accurate – so you may need to change the position of some sprinkler heads so that the water falls on the plants and landscape and not on the pathway or pavement. If the water just falls on concrete, this will just result in run offs – and dry spots for some areas. Sprinkler heads should be ideally at a 90-degree angle to the surface of the soil. This ensures that water is sprayed evenly on all sides.

–          Run the system for one full cycle. Make sure that the pressure is normal.

–          If needed, reprogram the controller.

–          Check if the controller battery (and back-up) needs replacement.

Unclogging the Sprinkler heads

Clogged sprinkler heads mean that some areas do not receive proper water exposure. To clean clogged nozzles, unscrew the head cover and remove the filter. Clean this filter and put it back on the nozzle, after which, you rethread the sprinkler head back onto the stem.

Importance of Spring Sprinkler Maintenance

Making sure that your system is up and running will ensure that you save on your water bills and that your garden is watered efficiently. Failing to check the coverage of your sprinkler system after winter may mean that some plants miss out of the water that they need. You also need to regularly check for coverage since plants grow and will have different watering needs over time. Plants also need different levels of water for different seasons.

Remember that your SLC sprinkler system is not “set and forget” – you will need regular tune ups. A well-maintained sprinkler system will prove useful for years to come.

All States Landscaping for your Maintenance Needs

All States Landscaping can provide you with spring sprinkler maintenance services. We go the extra mile in ensuring that your system is working in the best possible way.

All States Landscaping has been beautifying homes and gardens by providing quality landscaping in Salt Lake City and the rest of the Utah state. Other services include Salt Lake City snow removal, outfitting of retaining walls, pavers and Utah water features.

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