Your Guide to Starting up Your Irrigation System this Spring

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Spring is quickly approaching and you know what that means…it’s time to turn your irrigation system back on! Don’t jump the gun, there are a few tips and tricks you need to know before starting your system. Have no fear, our team of irrigation experts at Harrison Irrigation is here to help. Follow the words of wisdom below to ensure your water system operates at maximum efficiency this spring:


Check Sprinkler Heads

Sprinkler heads are the most vulnerable part of your system. They’re easily clogged with dirt and lawn clippings and easily damaged by lawn mowers and weed whackers. When they aren’t being used during the winter, they often get surrounded or buried by debris. If the sprinkler is partially clogged, some areas may get too much or too little water. This can lead to water waste and an unevenly watered yard. Take a few minutes to ensure your sprinkler heads are nice and clear before putting them to work.


Behind the Scenes

Don’t forget to check your behind-the-scenes equipment. Make sure the time and date are accurate before setting any timers. Inspect the pump, valves and other mechanical parts to reduce risk of potential problems. A malfunctioning pump is bad news. Whether it’s running but not delivering water or running then randomly cutting off, neither are good news. Be sure to check for leaky valves, they’re a huge waste of water and are bound to spike your water bill. If you need help determining the problem, call your Jacksonville watering system experts, Harrison Irrigation. We’ll find the problem and resolve it as soon as possible to keep your yard healthy and green.


Ease Your System into Spring

When you turn on your irrigation system for the first time in the spring, be extremely cautious. Your system hasn’t ran in a while and needs to ease back into use. You can do this by starting off at a low water pressure and slowly increasing the pressure with every use. If you turn on the water at full capacity on the first use of the year, it’s bound to cause problems. A burst of air pressure caused by the sudden rush of water flowing into an empty pipe can rupture the pipe or cause system failure down the road. The last thing you want is a broken irrigation system in the dead of summer when you need your irrigation system the most. It’s best to ease water into your sprinkler system by opening the main water valve and slowly allowing pipes to fill with water.


Take pride in your yard this spring! Replacement and maintenance is vital to making your sprinkler system last as long and efficiently as possible. You should treat your irrigation system just like any of your other home systems or appliances. If you notice something abnormal going on with your system or want to schedule a routine system check-up, don’t hesitate to give Harrison Irrigation a call! We’re happy to help with any of your irrigation needs.