In Tulsa, springtime gives us an opportunity to get ahead of the hot summer by getting our sprinkler systems reestablished for use.
We all know about the importance of winterizing your irrigation system to protect it from the cold. But don’t forget to call us out in spring to de-winterize your systems and start everything working again! When the hot summer weather comes in, your whole irrigation system must be in working order to keep all your well-laid landscaping healthy and looking its best.
Here’s a quick list of what we do to keep your watering layout ready to go from winter to summer:
- Close the main manual drain: Before we start any maintenance you close the main manual drain. This is usually found close to the backflow device outside your home.
- Open the gate valve: When opening the gate valve, we are careful to do it very slowly. The gate valve is sensitive to change and is typically be found behind the meter..
- Inspect mainline valve and backflow device: Check your mainline and backflow device carefully, inspecting for any leaks and breaks. Should you discover any leaks or breaks in the piping, be sure to get in touch with a professional company to resolve the issues.
- Check system timer: The next step is to check the system timer. Locate the battery back up ad replace it with a new one. If at any stage you are in any doubt as to what you are doing, don’t take any chances. Call a professional company if you are unsure about anything. You don’t want to cause further damage.
- Clean sprinklers: Leaves, plants, and other debris will have gathered around the sprinkler heads in your garden over winter. This debris can cause sprinkler systems in Tulsa properties to malfunction or to operate at a decreased capacity. Locate each sprinkler head on your property and remove any debris from them.
- Preparation for the gardening season: Now that spring is here, you will no doubt be looking forward to getting out in the garden and enjoying caring for your lawn. Now is a great time to check that all of your sprinklers are located at least two inches back from any curbs or pathways in your garden. This will prevent any damage when you are edging your garden.
- Sprinkler placement: Check that your sprinkler heads are spaced out so that your lawn is getting as much coverage as possible. Reposition the sprinklers if necessary and then check again. Trial and error is the best approach here. Once it’s done right, you won’t have to it again for quite a while.
- Clogging: When checking your sprinklers keep an eye out for clogging. If any of the sprinklers are clogged simply check the filter. Clean the filter with water. If you cannot clean it easily you may need to replace it.
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Call the Experts
While it is possible to do some surface level maintenance on your lawn’s sprinkler system, there’s so much more to fully inspecting and repairing/maintaining a system as complicated as sprinklers.
Don’t do it yourself! Even the slightest mistake can ruin your entire system.
If you want your sprinkler running better than new, you need to get the certified experts to come out and take a look.