Mother Nature is Slowly Marching us to Spring Time.
Rain Bird says, this is the time to make sure that your sprinkler system is ready for another season of work.
Stay in Control
Rain Bird says, check the controls and programs. Dust the timer, check that the date and time is correct and you have the setting appropriate for your watering needs.
Out with the old in with the.....
Rain Bird says, nozzles and sprinkler heads are no match for errant lawn mowers, the neighbors snow blower or neighborhood dogs. Replace cracked, chipped or worn components.
You really don't need a hammer
Rain Bird says, water hammer is a high-pressure surge that occurs when a valve is first opened. This can result in burst pipes and damaged valves. Open the main water valve slowly to all pipes to fill gradually.
Has Spring really Sprung?
Rain Bird says, the signs may be here, but the soil is the last to thaw. Don't be fooled into starting your sprinkler system when the ground is still frozen, it can result in damage to the pipes. Use a shovel to sure the soil is frost free 12 inches deep.
Rain Bird says, make sure the flow of water is unobstructed. Check for rocks, dirt and other debris that may affect the flow from your sprinkler heads.
Watch out for leaky valves
Rain Bird says, valves are the heart of the system. Leaks waste water and of course increase your water bill.Visually inspect each valve to make sure they are operating properly.
Rain Bird says, systems with too much water pressure can result in cracked pipes, busted valves and other leaks.
Invest in a water pressure gauge.