Scheduling a Spring Sprinkler Inspection
Now that spring is on the horizon, many home-owners begin to look forward to spending more time outdoors. A large part of outdoor enjoyment is having a beautiful, lush lawn to come home to and for your family to spend time on. If you have underground sprinklers, it’s imperative that you get your system checked before you use it for the first time of the season.
Why Do I Need an Sprinkler Inspection?
If your system has damage, leaks, or cracks, you could destroy the entire system by trying to operate it without fixing it. A damaged system could also operate at sub-par levels, waste water, or inadequately water your lawn.
When Should I Schedule It?
The best time to schedule an inspection is in very late winter or very early spring before you turn your sprinklers on for the first time. If you schedule the inspection early, the company will be less likely to be busy as they tend to get swamped once the weather really starts getting nice and people start thinking about watering their lawns.
What Will They Check?
When a professional company checks your system, they will look for the following things:
Controllers Your sprinkler system’s timers could be manual or digital and need to be set to determine how often the system waters your lawn.
Zones Your sprinkler professional will determine which zones of your lawn your sprinkler heads and/or soaker hoses will cover and adjust as necessary.
Sprinkler heads All sprinkler heads will be checked to make sure they are working properly and that no damage occurred to them over the winter. If anything is damaged, the professional will repair or replace the parts so your system will be ready to go for the first watering.
Rain gauges or sensors These prevent the system from operating when there is already enough moisture in the ground. If they work properly, your system will only be triggered when it is needed.
Backflow preventers These are essential parts of your system that prevent sprinkler water from re-entering and possibly contaminating the potable water system.
Your inspector will operate the system in manual mode and check for any leaks, breaks, damage, or corrosion as well as the water pressure and flow of the system. After fixing any issues that come up in the inspection, your system should be good to go for the season.
How Do I Choose the Right Sprinkler Inspection Company?
Choose an inspection company that is locally owned and operated and that takes the time to listen to any concerns you have and fully answers your questions. It’s a good idea to choose a reliable company that you can continue to use year after year for inspections, repairs, and possible replacements. That way, the experts will get to know your system and can make specific suggestions for what would work best for your irrigation system.
As the weather continues to improve, make sure your outdoor watering system is ready to handle the new season! Schedule your sprinkler inspection today.