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Sprinkler Tune Up Larkspur CO Call us @720.221.3606 Or 719.963.6267

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Streamed live on Jan 28, 2014

Sprinkler Tune Up Larkspur CO Call us @720.221.3606 Or 719.963.6267

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Often a homeowner will neglect their sprinkler system, thinking it is like a part of the house structure. Normally speaking, you don't have to go climbing in the attic to see if the rafters are still doing their job. The problems with sprinkler systems arises from shifting soil and other environmental conditions. This means you have to pay closer attention to how your sprinkler system is operating. Once a year you should give your sprinkler system a "tune up". Most people do this at the start of the irrigation season. First we'll look at some necessary definitions, then I'll tell you how to tune up your sprinkler system.

Regain Control We will run a check of the irrigation controls and programs. This includes dusting away the cobwebs on the timer, making sure the date and time is correct, and that the settings are appropriate for your landscape's watering needs.

Unobstructed Flow We will check for rocks, dirt, sand and other types of debris that may block the even flow of water from sprinkler heads. Uneven distribution can lead to too much water in some areas and not enough in others, both resulting in an unhealthy landscape and wasted water. Inspect spray heads and make sure they haven't become buried and debris has not accumulated around them during the winter.

Out with the old Nozzles and sprinkler heads are designed to withstand normal wear and tear of irrigation, but are no match for errant lawn mowers, the neighbor's dog or snowplows. We will replace cracked, chipped or worn components, such as sprinkler heads, nozzles, valves or pipes. A broken sprinkler can wreak havoc on lawns, gardens, and water bills, so it is important to check and replace them periodically.

The Heart of the System... Valves are the heart of any irrigation system. They regulate the distribution of water throughout the entire system. A leaky valve will waste water and increase your water bill. We will visually inspect each valve to make sure they are operating properly. Before turning on any water to the system, make sure all manual drain valves are returned to the closed position. Overly wet areas in the lawn, resulting in muddy and/or barren patches, may be a result of a leaky valve.

Keep The Hammer in The Tool Chest... Water hammer is a high-pressure surge that occurs when a valve is first opened. An initial pressure surge can result in pipe bursts and damaged valves. When restoring water to your sprinkler system, we will open the main water valve slowly to allow pipes to fill with water in a gradual and controlled manner, thus preventing a water hammer and costly damage.

Pressure Check When you first turn the main water valve back on, it is important to make sure the water pressure is at a safe operating range for sprinkler systems. A system with too much pressure will result in cracked pipes, busted valves, sprinkler head leaks and inefficient watering. Invest in a water pressure gauge that can be used to measure water pressure in your home and yard. These devices typically connect to a hose faucet and give you a good idea of the pressure in your irrigation system. If the pressure is above the suggested operating range (typically 40 -65 PSI), a pressure regulator may be required to prevent damage to the sprinkler system or undesirable results. For example, if water is "misting" out of your sprinkler heads, your pressure is too high and should be reduced. 10 point spring sprinkler system tune up: 1. Clean any mainline irrigation filters 2. Turn on water at stop and waste 3. Properly set and turn on back flow preventer 4. Check all valves and manifolds for leaks 5. Turn on irrigation zones 1 by 1 and inspect for soggy spots in the lawn, pressure loss, or non working sprinkler heads. 6. Inspect pop up spray sprinkler lines for clogged nozzles 7. Reset sprinkler system control timer for proper seasonal watering time 8. Inspect drip-line for proper watering and leaks in the drip line 9. Before Staring System close Backflow. 10. Provide a detailed list of any sprinkler repairs discovered during initial tune up.

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