After a rainy spring, you may not have used your sprinklers for many months—especially so if you had a wet winter. While lawn sprinklers typically are quite durable and can remain in good condition year after year, there is always the chance that something could have occurred to them to require repairs. Before you turn on your sprinklers at the start of summer, it's a good idea to tackle the following steps to ensure that they work properly.
Clear Out Your Yard of Any Debris
If you've ignored landscaping for most of winter and spring, now is the perfect time to focus on your lawn once again. A good way to do this is by clearing out your yard of any debris, such as branches, leaves, and even rocks. By clearing out debris on your lawn, you can make sure that none of the sprinkler heads are being blocked. This will help ensure that the sprinklers will work as desired.
Individually Check Each Sprinkler Head and Flag Them
Along with making sure that debris aren't blocking any of the sprinkler heads, you'll want to make sure that you know where each individual sprinkler head is. If you are unsure of where they are, you may have some of the original paperwork that includes a map to each sprinkler zone. With this in hand, you can plant small flags at each sprinkler head so you can easily tell whether any of the sprinklers are not working properly when they are turned on for the first time.
Bring in a Professional if You Suspect There Are Any Leaks
A telltale sign that there is a leak somewhere in your sprinklers is by using a watering gauge, such as a cup. As long as you know how much water your sprinklers typically use, you can check the gauges for any abnormalities.
Set a Timer and Keep a Close Eye on the Sprinklers at First
The first time that you turn your sprinklers on for the summer, there's always the chance that something could go wrong. From too much water being shot out to the sprinkler head not working at all, it's a good idea to have a short timer on at first and not to leave the sprinklers unattended. By doing so, you can make sure that the sprinklers are working properly before the weather begins to really heat up and your lawn needs daily watering.
While there are a number of things that you can do to make sure that your sprinklers are in good condition, you may prefer to leave all the work to a sprinkler installation professional. If this is the case, look into hiring someone before the summer begins so that your lawn can stay hydrated.
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