Before the winter hit, you probably made the wise decision to winterize your sprinkler system. Now that the warmer weather is slowly making its return, you’ll be back to using your sprinklers to water your yard and get it back to a healthy, green state. Just as you prepared your system for winter, you’ll have to prepare it for the warmer weather and make sure it is working properly and problems are avoided.
Here are a few tips for starting your sprinkler system in Burlington County, NJ after winterizing:
- Check zones individually: Your yard will have a few different sprinklers placed in various locations. These zones will likely have different water pressures and amounts of water they use to keep the different areas of your yard hydrated. In an effort to save time, you may want to just assume that the water pressure is okay and that the appropriate amount of water will be used, but it will save you money to actually check the zones individually and make adjustments as necessary.
- Replace controller battery: Your controller is powered by a battery, and this battery won’t last forever, so replacement will be necessary at some point. Replacing your controller battery after the winter is not something you have to do, but it is recommended. Putting in fully charged batteries means your sprinkler system will power up when it is supposed to, and there should be no reason it won’t be able to water your yard at the scheduled time.
- Check/reprogram controller: The last time you used your sprinkler system, there were certain settings that you preferred. These settings should still be what are programmed into your controller, but it doesn’t hurt to check. If anything has changed, you’ll want to do a little reprogramming. While you’re at it, you’ll want to be mindful of the state of your yard and adjust according to what you think your yard requires to ensure it is getting all the water it needs, when it needs it.
- Check/clean filters: There are many things that can cause your sprinkler to not water your yard to the best of its abilities, and a filter is one of them. A sprinkler with a dirty filter is not going to work properly. As long as it is dirty, your yard won’t be getting the water it needs to be healthy. Before starting your system up for the first time this spring, check the filters and clean them.
You want your sprinkler to work as efficiently as possible whenever you need it. This is why you are going to need to prepare it for the warm weather. The steps you took to winterize your system have preserved it and kept it safe during the winter when you didn’t have to do any watering, but now that you need to water your yard, you have to ensure it will work when you turn it back on.
Do you have questions about winterizing your sprinkler system in Burlington County, NJ or what should be done to prepare it for spring? The pros at Star Sprinkler Systems Inc. can assist. Call us today to learn more!