Your Complete Sprinkler Maintenance ChecklistPosted on August 21, 2017
Properly maintaining your sprinkler irrigation system typically requires maintenance at two key times of the year: spring open and fall close. Following a careful maintenance checklist will save you money, water, and limit the potential for requiring any high-cost repairs.
- After a particularly cold Texas winter, ensure the soil has thawed up to 1 foot deep.
- Clean and check the controller to verify the date and time, watering schedule and duration, and insert new batteries.
- Clear sprinkler heads of any obstructions such as rocks, dirt, or other debris.
- Replace any worn, chipped, or cracked sprinkler pipes, valves, heads, and nozzles.
- Inspect each and every valve. Valves regulate the water flow. Faulty valves cause expensive leaks and wreak havoc on your garden.
- Before turning water on, ensure all manual valves are closed.
- Avoid water hammer bursting pipes and valves by turning on the main water valve slowly. This allows water to fill pipes gradually and safely, preserving your sprinkler system.
- Invest in a water pressure gauge to measure the water pressure entering your sprinkler system. If water pressure is too low, your system will not properly water your lawn. If it’s too high, you could damage your system.
Water is removed from the lines when winterizing a system. An air compressor attaches to the system’s main line after its backflow device to blow out the water.
Sprinkler systems in Plano, TX do not necessarily need to be completely winterized; the main concern with sprinklers in the winter are pipes bursting due to frozen ground water. If you choose to winterize your system or you would like to minimize the use of your system throughout the cooler months, contact sprinkler repair and installation professional at Pearson Sprinkler in Plano, TX. to assist you with the process.
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