If you have an in-ground sprinkler system, you love the convenience and efficiency. Used properly, these systems can help save water and keep your yard looking great, without the hassle of hoses. But, if you don't take care of it for winter, you're likely to have problems in the spring. Here are some things to do and look for to keep your sprinkler system functioning smoothly.
That sounds simple, but it's an easy step to forget. Just switch your system to "off" or "rain", and make sure that every valve is in the "on" position, to release any pressure in the pipes.
Getting water out of the pipes is crucial to avoiding leaks and malfunctions. Your system may have drain valves, or you may have to force the water out with compression. If you have questions, contact a professional service company.
When winter is over, it's worth the time to make a quick inspection of your system. Are the heads broken or aimed incorrectly? Is the water pressure correct for your heads? Do you notice any areas that are too wet or too dry? Are you watering your yard or watering the street? A quick walk around the yard will help you keep your sprinkler system working at its best.