The days are getting longer and warmer and, although we’ve had a couple bouts of March snow, spring is finally on the horizon. The arrival of spring means it’s time to start up the irrigation system. Be cautious though, winter weather is hard on underground water lines, and applying too much pressure at once can result in a massive water disaster in your yard.
We’re happy to provide spring start up services. Call us today at (804) 271-8030 or contact us online here. If you choose to do it yourself, follow these spring irrigation start up tips to safeguard against unforeseen damage.
Step 1- Be sure the ground is frost free, filling the pipes too early can lead to expensive freeze damage. Use a shovel to check 12 inches beneath the surface.
Step 2- Remove the sprinkler head found at the highest part of each zone to allow any air in the lines to escape the irrigation system while refilling.
Step 3- This is probably the most important step of the whole process…Start filling the main line very slowly. A quarter turn or so is about all it should take and be patient, it can take half an hour to fill each zone. Filling the irrigation system too quickly can cause a surge of air pressure that can bust fittings and blow up your system.
Step 4- Once the main line is filled, repeat the same process with each zone.
Step 5- Take a look at the spots where you removed the sprinkler heads, when the water runs clear and doesn’t contain any air bubbles the zone has been properly filled. You can now replace the sprinkler heads and continue to run each zone for 2 minutes to ensure any trapped air has been flushed out of the system.
Step 6- Check the accuracy of your timer programs, then it’s safe to run your sprinkler system as usual.
If you come across any problems during start up, or at any other time, call Richmond Irrigation at (804) 271-8030 or contact us online here. We have the best irrigation system technicians and troubleshooting equipment available.