It’s Time to Start Your Sprinkler System!

Why Your Sprinkler System Needs a Spring Start-Up

Why Your Sprinkler System Needs a Spring Start-Up

Spring has arrived in Cincinnati! The flowers will soon be blooming, and lawns are greening up. Before you know it, you’ll need your sprinkler system to keep your lawn and gardens watered. Here are three reasons we recommend hiring a professional to conduct a spring startup for your sprinkler system.

  1. To make sure water is being used efficiently. Along with conserving water, a spring start-up will allocate water use, so plants receive the water they need to stay healthy.
  2. To identify any problems. An inspection in the spring will find any broken sprinkler heads, broken pipes or leaks that occurred over the winter. Fixing these will keep your sprinkler system from wasting water.
  3. To prolong the life of your sprinkler system. You’ve made a big investment in your sprinkler system, and a professional will start it up properly. If the water is turned on too quickly, it could damage the system.

How do you know you are getting the right start-up service? During a spring start-up, the technician should inspect the backflow device, slowly pressurize the system mainline, test each zone for operation, adjust sprinklers to cover appropriate areas, clean the spray nozzles for an even spray pattern and check the rain sensor. The technician also might set the basic spring water schedule, raise sprinkler heads that have sunken and straighten any sprinklers that have become crooked.

The best time to schedule a spring startup is in early spring. Sprinkler service companies typically perform this service in early April through June. For the most convenient time, it’s best to schedule your appointment well in advance of summer.

About the Author:

Graduating from the Ohio state University in 1981 with a degree in Landscape Design and Construction Sean has worked in the green industry his entire adult life. Sean has been designing and installing efficient irrigation systems since the late 1980’s. Sean is certified with the Irrigation Association in the following areas: • Certified Irrigation Designer • Certified Irrigation Contractor • Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor • Certified Golf Irrigation Auditor • Certified RainXchange professional Sean is also registered with the EPA as a “Water Sense Partner” having demonstrated the ability to conserve water through proper design and management of irrigation systems. Sean is the owner of Applied Water Technologies an irrigation design and consulting firm and the operator of TriState Water Works the hassle free irrigation service provider Sean is also an Adjunct teacher at Cincinnati State Community College teaching the various irrigation classes and sustainable energy use in the landscape. Sean’s irrigation design work has encompassed Golf Course Irr., Sports Turf Irr. As in Baseball, Soccer, Football, Residential Irrigation., Light Commercial Irr., Large multi-family developments as in condominium complexes, apartment complexes, housing developments, agricultural irrigation as in field crops, pasture, vegetable farming, livestock operations, Irrigation for LID projects as in green roofs, bio-retention, natural area remediation, Industrial irrigation for temperature control, material cooling, and dust control, Nursery irrigation for both greenhouse crops, field crops and pot in pot operations, Waste water treatment for effluent dispersion, and odor control.

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