Spring has officially arrived, and while some Colorado residents may be hesitant to believe that the last snow has fallen, the warmer temperatures are reason enough to believe that spring has finally sprung. Whether you’re the property manager of a large business, manager of an HOA, or in charge of another type of commercial company, we understand that you take the maintenance of your landscaping very seriously. In today’s post, we will discuss how to prepare your sprinkler system to ensure that your lawns and foliage look beautiful all year long.
At Irrigators, we are proud to offer our expert commercial sprinkler system repairs to business owners and property managers in the Denver metro area. Now is the perfect time of year to ensure that your sprinkler system is running smoothly, and if you are in need of assistance, or you discover that your system is in need of repair, please give us a call to request an appointment today!
Preparing Your Sprinkler System for Spring
Step 1: Check for Frozen Ground
Before you begin de-winterizing your sprinkler system, it’s important to check and see if the ground is still frozen. Try sticking a shovel into the soil to see if you can easily dislodge any dirt. If you’re having trouble digging into the ground, then it means that the soil is still frozen and you will need to wait until it has thawed to begin the process.
Checking to see if the ground is frozen is an important first step, especially since you can’t always tell based on the weather. Just because the temperature above the ground is nice and warm doesn’t mean that it’s the same way below the grass. Additionally, if you don’t check before you begin the process, you run the risk of the soil being so cold that it freezes the water in the sprinkler system, resulting in costly problems in the future.
Step 2: Turn on the Control Panel
The control panel for your sprinkler system is essentially the brains of the operation, and you need to ensure that it is functioning properly before you can continue with the de-winterization process. First, locate the control panel and clear away any dirt or cobwebs that may have accumulated during the winter. Once the system is clean on the outside, proceed to turn on the panel and check all of the settings for time, date, and irrigation zones. This is also a good opportunity to change the batteries if they are old and adjust any settings.
Step 3: Clean Sprinkler Heads
Cleaning the sprinkler heads is the most time-consuming part of the de-winterization process, especially if you work as a property manager for a large corporation with an expansive campus. During the winter, sprinkler heads can collect dirt and gunk that can clog the head if it isn’t cleaned properly. Additionally, you should check to make sure none of the sprinkler heads have become damaged, and replace any that have.
Step 4: Slowly Open the System Main Valve
As you may have guessed, the main valve is the main pipe of your entire sprinkler system. As part of the de-winterization process, you will need to open the main valve so that water can flow freely. That being said, when you first open the valve for the season, you will need to do so very slowly. If you open the valve too quickly, your system is at risk of high surge pressures, which can cause the pipes to crack or even burst.
Step 5: Survey the Irrigation Zones
Once the main valve is completely open and filled with water, your sprinkler system is now ready for the first watering of the spring. Before you turn on the sprinkler system and let it get to work, take some time to walk through each irrigation zone and survey the spray patterns. This will require you to turn on the sprinklers for each zone one at a time. If you haven’t made any major changes to your landscaping, then you may be in the clear. However, it’s still a good idea to walk through and make sure that all of the grass and plants are getting the hydration that they need.
Contact Irrigators Today!
Now that spring has officially arrived, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your sprinkler system for the long months ahead. If you are in need of sprinkler system repairs or an entire replacement, then Irrigators is more than happy to help. Our experts offer only the highest quality of service, so give us a call and schedule an appointment.
We look forward to working with you!