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SPRINKLER SYSTEM SPRING START-UPS AND WINTERIZATIONS

SPRING START-UP

Now that the threat of a damaging freeze is over, we want to "ready" your sprinkler system for its later use during the watering season. In some years, that can begin in April, others not until June. The point is, it should be ready when you are.

Our spring visit begins with re-pressurizing the mainline, checking the water meter, (if equipped), for any indications of a leak. Next, we go through each zone at the controller and "flag" the sprinkler heads that pop up in lawn areas. Each head is trimmed around with our special "cookie-cutter" tool and re-checked for proper alignment. All heads and nozzles, whether in lawn or planting areas, are checked for efficient operation; adjusted so that water spray does not hit buildings, fences, or driveways.

With the goal of a healthy landscape, using the least amount of water possible, this is a great time to have a professional assess your coverage and make adjustments as needed.

Hiring a professional is important because properties are always changing as plants grow. Taller shrubs over time mean that the sprinkler heads may need to be raised to maintain coverage. Any leaks, damaged sprinkler heads or nozzles, and other needed repairs are diagnosed and an estimate for repairs are submitted to the owner as a separate cost.

We will also set the sprinkler controller to reflect average summer conditions, but encourage you to adjust these settings as the season progresses. Even though many systems are equipped with a rain sensor, these only account for wet or dry conditions and do not recognize the difference between a dry day that's 50 degrees and one that 85.

Please inquire about our new "Weather-Based Smart Controllers" which, after our initial programming, enable you to leave it in the "auto" position from March through November, and never touch the settings. This new controller can be fitted to your sprinkler system, saving lots of water, time and money.

WINTERIZATIONS

All sprinkler systems should be emptied of water for the four months beginning November 1st. But how is this done to your system?

Older systems were often equipped with gravity manual drains for the pressure mainline, and pressure-sensitive automatic drains for the non-pressure, or lateral lines. But even with many redesigns, these auto drains eventually failed. Consequently, the industry has largely abandoned the use of any drains and opted instead for a winter "blow-out" of all the lines, using compressed air.

Our procedure, then, is to schedule an appointment with you to gain access to the controller, (often in the garage), shut off the sprinkler system's main water supply, connect our air hose to the pressure mainline, (usually at the backflow valve), and blow air through the entire system, zone by zone.

Bring on the freeze!

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