It is that time of year where you begin to have your irrigations systems turned-on and checked for leaks and the back flow tests done! It is important to have these done by professionals to ensure that your system is working properly and to fix any leaks that may have happened over the winter.
Make sure you know if your city requires a back flow test or not. There are permits for these. Your irrigations specialists have the proper working knowledge of all regulations and will check for any leaks or broken heads. At this time they can repair or do any adjustments to any of the zones or heads.
Doing this spring cleaning for your irrigation system will prolong the life of the system, the watering efficiency which saves you time, water, and therefore, money. It is always recommended to hire a professional however, here are some helpful hints for all you DIY gurus which are in areas that a back flow test and permit are not required.
Hunter Industries Spring Start-Up Checklist:
Open the system main water valve slowly to allow pipes to fill with water gradually. If these valves are opened too quickly, sprinkler main lines are subjected to high surge pressures, uncontrolled flow and water hammer, which may cause them to crack or burst.
Verify the proper operation of each station valve by manually activating all zones from the controller.
Walk through each station on the controller, checking for proper operation of the zone. Check for proper operating pressure (low pressure indicates a line break or missing sprinkler), proper rotation and adjustment of sprinkler heads, and adequate coverage. Check and clean filters on poorly performing sprinklers. Adjust heads to grade as necessary.
Reprogram the controller for automatic watering. Replace the controller back-up battery if necessary.
Uncover and clean the system weather sensor, if applicable.
Again, we highly recommend calling a professional, especially if you are unsure of the how-to or ins and outs of any system. The professionals are experts in proper sprinkler system installation and layout, maintenance, and repair. They are also very knowledgeable about the hydraulics, plant watering requirements, and the different types of soil. The professionals skills will ensure a water-efficient and trouble-free system for many years.
If you are in the Virginia area you can call or email Roanoke Landscapes for your landscaping and irrigation needs.
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