Global pandemic or not, spring has arrived here in northern Nevada. That means it’s time to fire up the irrigation system. Almost always, something has broken over the winter months, and getting your system back in working order will require some troubleshooting. If you have the time and in the inclination, we’re sharing tips for getting started. But if you prefer to call an irrigation specialist, Harris Landscape Construction in Reno is here to help.
Starting Irrigation in the Spring
Avoiding damage to your pipes is step one. Here’s what we recommend:
- Slowly open the main water valve so water can gradually fill the pipes. Opening the valve too fast can result in high-pressure surges and uncontrolled water flow, both of which can result in cracking. If you’re not sure how to do this properly, contact Harris Landscape and we’ll send someone out to help.
- Manually activate every zone from the controller so you can check that everything is working as it should. Check sprinkler heads to ensure there are no leaks and they have proper rotation and adequate coverage. Look for low pressure areas, which could indicate a missing sprinkler or a line break. Adjust heads as necessary, and clean filters on any sprinklers that seem to be under performing.
- Set the controller for automatic watering, and double check the backup battery. If there’s a weather sensor, it’s a good time to uncover and clean it. You should also check the back flow preventer.
This kind of start-up service is offered here at Landscape Construction, along with shut-down service in the fall. Often, people simply turn on the sprinklers only to discover problems that they aren’t prepared to manage. Our team can not only resolve irrigation system issues, but also identify and address problems like wasted water, flooding, or inadequate watering. An efficient, effective irrigation system is the best way to help your landscaping flourish, and we’re here to help.
We’re scheduling our spring start-ups now, and we’ll be happy to get you on our schedule. Contact us today.