Spring Startup Checklist
When you hire us for spring startups in Lakewood, CO and surrounding areas, you can trust that we are thorough as we are preparing your irrigation system for another season. It’s not simple as just turning on the sprinklers.
We have a proven, effective checklist that we use with every spring start-up client:
- Check and reseal any drain valves and plugs as necessary.
- Slowly pressurize water supply lines and water mains by carefully opening the valves.
- Perform a complete visual inspection of the system’s main lines, valve manifolds, and backflow devices.
- Activate and energize the system.
- Prepare each zone and inspect all lateral supply lines.
- Inspect and adjust sprinklers, drip lines, risers, or emitters for appropriate direction, pressure, coverage and working order.
- Replace clogged nozzles and repair any leaks in the lines.
- Check all sprinklers for appropriate height and placement, keeping in mind any changes in shrubs, flowers, trees, and other landscaping since the prior season.
- Inspect and adjust automatic rain sensors, control valves, and any isolation shut off valves as needed.
- Evaluate system for needed repairs and make recommendations based on findings.
- Reprogram the control timer according to recommended (or owner’s) settings.
As you can see, our team is very thorough to make sure your irrigation system is in the best, working order to keep your grass green and beautiful all season.
Mistakes Irrigation System Owners Make When DIYing Their Own Spring Startup
You may think you can save a little money by starting up your own irrigation system in the spring. After all, how difficult can it be to turn on a sprinkler?
It does sound deceptively easy, but the truth is that performing your own spring startup may cause damage to your irrigation system that’s even more expensive than getting the system ready in the first place.
Here are just some of the mistakes we’ve seen when irrigation system owners have tried to perform their own spring startup:
- Starting the system when the soil is still frozen. To effectively and safely start your irrigation system in the spring, the soil needs to be free of frost from the surface to about a foot below the surface. Start it up with frozen soil and you’re welcoming expensive freeze damage to your system.
- Not managing your water pressure and creating a water hammer in your pipes. A water hammer is a banging sound that happens when air in the pipes has no time to escape due to the sudden rush of water. While the sound may make you nervous, it’s much worse than that. The pressure can cause your sprinklers to blow right out of the ground in extreme cases and cause fittings to burst in minor cases. Even if you don’t see something happen immediately, not opening the valves properly usually leads to failure before the season is over.
- Failing to run each zone for about two minutes before fully opening the main supply valve. By operating each zone before opening the supply valve fully, you can check for leaks or breaks in the system. Additionally, this gives you a chance to make sure all sprinklers are in proper position. If you don’t take the time to perform these steps before you open the main valve all the way, you’re risking your equipment.
These are just some of the mistakes and failures we’ve seen when people try to DIY their own spring startup for their irrigation and sprinkler systems. For this reason, we do not recommend trying to figure this out for yourself. Chances are, your system will be damaged in the process and you’ll need to call in a professional for repairs. Save yourself some time and money and start with a phone call to Green Mountain Turf for your spring startup needs.
We’re happy to help you with spring startups in Lakewood, CO and surrounding areas. If you have any questions or you’re ready to schedule your spring startup, call us today.
We Also Offer Sprinkler Winterization
If you’re new to the area, you should know that it’s important to winterize your sprinkler system before freezing temperatures hit. Without a good blow out, your sprinklers could freeze with water in their pipes, causing hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage. Be sure to call us at the first sign of bad weather for professionally done sprinkler blow outs in Lakewood.