Maintaining a beautifully, lush garden takes a lot of work. Much like ensuring that the lawn sprinkler system that you use to keep your grass green needs a bit of TLC occasionally too. To begin with, how many homeowners know when to give their Lawn Sprinkler systems a bit of maintenance? Well, as soon as spring rolls around, you should start checking your sprinkler system to make sure that it is ready for the summer months.
Prevention is always better than cure, so making sure that you have a properly operating system not only keeps your garden lush, but your pocket full as well. Having to replace an entire lawn irrigation system is a costly exercise, which is why regular maintenance is vital. Here is what you can do:
- Close the manual drains. Frequently these are left open after the system was last drained, which is usually just before winter strikes.
- Open the main valve slowly to fill the backflow prevention assembly to fill with water.
- Pressurize the mainline from the cross connection to the control valve. These control valves can be filled up with air, so in doing this you’re allowing the water to push air out through the sprinkler heads.
- Run the entire sprinkler system, one zone at a time. This way you can check the following wear and tear issues:
- Signs of any leakage, damage to sprinkler heads or the irrigation pipes that happen during winter. You can then see what needs to be replaced or repaired.
- Check the spray patterns of your lawn sprinklers. This way you can adjust the sprinklers to the desired position and avoid unnecessary water wastage.
- Finally, clean clogged sprinkler heads and find any blocked up nozzles.
These simple steps will help insure the longevity of your lawn sprinkler system, and your enviable garden. If you need installation or service, be sure to call in an expert Overland Park plumber soon.