Activate and Evaluate Sprinkler Water Supply
In most cases, activating the water to your sprinkler is a simple affair. There will be one or two cutoff valves that you know about. If we’ve activated your system before, we’ll have notes of where to look. However, if you had a different service before, it might take us time to find the supply valve.
We will perform a quick visual inspection of any interior pipes to make sure there is no visible damage that could lead to destructive leaks inside your home.
Evaluate the Working Condition of Your System
We will make sure your entire system is working properly. Our thorough inspection will look at the entire system, nozzle by nozzle, head by head and zone by zone. That means you can be sure that your system will function properly when it comes on. When you hear them turn on in the morning, you can confidently go back to sleep.
Backflow Valve Evaluation
Your backflow valve keeps water from the sprinkler system from flowing back into the house pipes. Unfortunately, with many systems this is a vulnerable component, liable to break – designed to break, in fact. We make sure this is undamaged over the winter and ready for operation at the start of spring.
Valves and Manifold Evaluation
The manifold is a complicated component that divides the water flow into the separate sprinkler zones, and the valves control the flow of water to the zones. These are prone to breakage. Old plastic manifolds degrade over time, and the electrical controls on valves can get fouled by water.
Nozzle and Head Adjustment
An efficiently designed system will ensure complete coverage of your yard with minimal overlap. To maintain this coverage, it’s important that all sprinkler nozzles and heads are adjusted. Otherwise, you will get dry spots and overspray. Sprinklers can easily come out of adjustment, so it’s good check them regularly.
Drip Zone Evaluation
Drip zones are effective ways to water flowers, vegetables, and other gardens. However, they can be disrupted if they don’t have the proper pressure balance, lines get broken, lines get separated, or components get knocked out of place.
It can be hard to program your controller properly. New systems are sophisticated and have many options necessary to get them optimized.
Old systems might not have many options, but the controls can be poorly marked and hard to understand. Even if we’re not familiar with your system, we have access to all the old manuals. Not only that, but some of our technicians have more than 25 years’ experience – they remember when the system was state-of-the-art. They know how to operate the system the way you still remember closing procedures at your first job.
Recommendations for Repairs or Upgrades
In the process of setting up your system for spring, we will let you know if we come across anything that needs to be repaired or replaced, or if there’s a valuable opportunity to upgrade your system.
We aren’t pushy about these. We’ll help you understand what’s most important, what can easily be postponed, and what’s entirely optional. Then we’ll tell you, in plain language, the consequences of not performing repairs so that you can make an informed decision. It’s always your decision.
Each repair recommendation comes with a clearly invoiced cost – repairs are not included in the sprinkler turn on service. Check here to see full terms and conditions.