A HELPFUL ARTICLE
Preparing Your Irrigation System for Spring
Here in the South, spring quickly turns into summer. Sometimes, South Carolina has even been known to skip the spring season altogether. Therefore, tuning-up your lawn’s irrigation system this time of year will yield many benefits. It’s just as important as having the system winterized before the cold weather sets in.
Early spring is the best time of year for making adjustments to sprinkler heads, cleaning heads thoroughly, and setting the timer. If left unchecked by a professional, potential issues that will cause problems during the summer months could become costly.
Cleaning Sprinkler Heads
Starting the process of cleaning sprinkler heads of your irrigation system can often uncover hidden issues. For instance, you may notice that several heads seem to be missing or are not popping up properly.
Over the last few months, while your sprinkler system was dormant, the grass and and soil around each sprinkler head has grown. Sometimes, so much so, that it prevents the head from popping up when it should.
Properly removing the overgrown grass at least once per year helps keep your irrigation system in tip-top shape. Ensuring that heads can pop up and retract without resistance will keep sprinkler heads from wearing out prematurely.
Inspecting for Leaks
Now that the sprinkler heads have been cleaned, it is easier to assess how they are operating. Leaks can occur at the head itself or at an underground connection.
Did you know that one leaking sprinkler head can costs hundreds of dollars on your next water bill? A professional technician will be able to identify these issues and make the proper adjustments.
Resetting the Controller
Resetting the controller each year allows you to adjust as your lawn and plantings mature with the seasons. It is also a good time to address any trouble areas from the previous season. If there are spots that were getting too wet, or not wet enough, mention them to your irrigation technician.