Warning! Sprinklers Cause Massive Property Damage Unless You Follow These Tips
Irrigation systems are a great way to automate and maximize your turf care process. They can take a lot of the backbreaking work, and mind-numbing planning out of your lawn care agenda. There’s just one, albeit major, problem. Irrigation systems are complicated, fragile, and difficult for the layman to take care of properly.
You might find yourself thinking, “I installed an irrigation system so that I wouldn’t have to stress about turf care, but now I’m stressed about irrigation system care!” Well, Roswell, GA landscaping experts at O’Neill Landscape Group hear your concerns and are eager to help. Here are a couple tricks of the trade when it comes to maintaining your irrigation system.
With summer time upon us, you’ll likely be firing your sprinklers up to full capacity after having been largely dormant through the spring. This is a sensitive moment for your irrigation system as it’s gone largely unused for a while up to this point. So, before you run your system at full steam, you’ll want to make sure that all manual drains are closed. Then, slowly open the main valve and allow the piping between it and the cross connection prevention assembly to fill with water. Prior to this, you’ll, of course, want to have your cross connection assembly tested by a state-certified inspector. They’ll be able to tell you that everything’s in order, and if not, what needs to be done and how much you can expect that to cost.
Now that your system is prepped, you’ll want to run the entire system, one zone at a time. Watch carefully and inspect each sprinkler head as you do so. At this point, you’re looking for leaks, low-pressure areas, and anything that might hinder the performance or structural integrity of your system.
Then, one by one, you’ll want to go to each sprinkler head and clear them of any dirt or debris. This ensures not only that your irrigation system performs effectively, but will also prevent any blockage that could seriously damage your irrigation system or even flood your entire yard. Lastly, we strongly recommend that you install a rain sensor, especially if water and financial conservation are important to you. Rain sensors automatically shut off your irrigation system when it rains and adjusts its cycle accordingly.
Of course, you could always relieve yourself of this headache entirely by calling your Roswell, GA landscaping experts at O’Neill Landscape Group. Our turf care professionals know every kind of irrigation system inside and out. Whether it’s installation, maintenance, or inspection, the talented and hardworking team at O’Neill Landscape Group can keep your system in tip-top shape and your yard looking luscious and healthy.