It might feel hard to believe at the moment with all the snow and cold we’re still getting in the northeast, but spring isn’t that far off. This means it’s time to start thinking about all the spring maintenance tasks you need to do to get ready for the summer, including having your irrigation system in Burlington County, NJ tuned up and turned on.
Getting a tune-up done in the spring is important because it’s the ideal time to make any adjustments to sprinkler heads, get the entire system cleaned and fine-tuned and make any necessary adjustments to the timer, all before the sprinkler season arrives in all its glory.
Here’s a quick overview of why you should leave this task up to a professional who can come in and reliably fix up your lawn sprinkler system in Burlington County, NJ.
Cleaning out the sprinkler heads
One of the most common problems people experience when they turn on their sprinkler system for the first time in the spring is that heads might not pop up properly or they’re covered with grass or debris. Over the course of the end of the growing season and the winter months, the grass and soil around each sprinkler head may begin to grow over the head, preventing it from popping up properly. Professionals know how to clear away the grass and debris and clean off the heads to make sure the stem and seals do not wear out prematurely.
Finding and addressing leaks or other issues
Professionals who work with irrigation systems on a regular basis are also capable of finding any leaks that might exist in the system, or any heads that have become misadjusted. After the heads have been cleaned, it’s easier to analyze their operation, so a leak should become easier to identify.
It’s important to get leaks fixed as soon as possible, because one leak could result in hundreds of dollars’ worth of wasted water throughout the season. In addition, checking each head and determining if any adjustments are necessary is a good way to ensure the heads will rotate and spray properly, and help you avoid any issues with improper sprinkler coverage or general malfunction throughout the season to come. Again, a professional will be able to address all these issues before you even turn on the system.
Reprogramming the controller
A professional will be able to reprogram your controller for you. This is a good opportunity to rediscover any problem spots in your lawn, such as areas getting over- or underwatered. The technician can set the controller properly to ensure an even spread, and to address any changing water requirements you might have year over year.
As with any other type of important home infrastructure, it’s imperative that you take the necessary steps to keep your sprinkler system in good condition, emphasizing preventative maintenance. For more information about tuning up your Burlington County, NJ irrigation system this spring, get in touch with the team at Star Sprinkler Systems Inc. today.