Spring Start-Up & Winterization

Starting Up an Irrigation System

A spring start-up is one of the services that we provide to our customers. To have your spring start-up scheduled, simply contact our office to set a date to perform this important service. A typical 4-8 zone system can usually be started up in a half hour unless repairs are necessary. Owners of larger systems should plan on this service taking longer to complete.

A spring Turn-On includes:

Turn on water supply to the system. Check for visible leaks.

Program the controller and set the automatic program.

Turn on and check all heads for proper adjustments & coverage.

Adjust and straighten heads, clear away any grass that may have grown over the heads.

Check system for leaks.

A spring start-up is an important service because we get to see your system at the beginning of the watering season before any water is unnecessarily wasted or any turf areas or plant material get neglected. Think of it as your yearly tune-up and preventative maintenance. Contact us early to schedule this service since spring is one of our busiest seasons. If you want your irrigation system started by a certain date, contact us a few weeks ahead of time to guarantee we can do it. A lot of customers will wait until its “Dry” to call us. Remember, we can start-up your system even if you’re not ready to use it yet. It will be set up, tested, and simply left in the “off” position until you are ready for regular watering.

Winterizing an Irrigation System

Each year when the leaves start to fall and temperatures drop, we know it’s time to shut down irrigation systems. In the colder climates, irrigation systems must be winterized to avoid damage caused by freezing temperatures. By taking the necessary steps to protect irrigation systems now, you can avoid costly repairs in the spring.

First there are some claims of irrigation systems being self-draining. The question that you have to ask yourself is, is it worth the gamble? Drains can get clogged or forgotten to be opened, or water can be trapped in low spots. For the added safety and fairly low cost of winterizing with an air compressor, it’s not worth the gamble. Blowing out an irrigation system with an air compressor has been proven to be the best method in use today. Every system that we install is blown out in the fall which allows us to guarantee our customers that if we winterize their irrigation system there will be no freeze damage in the spring or it is on us.

Why You Should Have a Professional Winterize Your System

A professional knows how much volume and pressure to use when blowing out sprinklers, as many do-it-yourselfers typically use an insufficient volume of air and after having forced some water out, the air will ride over the top of the remaining water. This results in the remaining water draining into low spots and subjecting the system to freeze damage. Sprinkler pipes and backflow assemblies are at risk of freezing and breaking when temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Immediate damage can occur to exposed pipes and sprinkler apparatus with the first freeze of winter. Further damage can result as extended freezing temperatures and wind chill conditions cause the soil to freeze at the same depth as the underground pipes. In many cases, homeowners are not aware that their pipes have sustained damage until they begin watering in the spring and discover leaks in their yards! A properly winterized sprinkler blowout in Michigan can be the difference between an easy spring start up and weeks if not months of problems the following season.

Sprinkler Blowout Questions

A: No, you do not need to be home at the time of service. If you are not home please make sure a gate is unlocked and all dogs are put away. Make sure to shut off the water source to your sprinkler system prior to our arrival

A: You can leave a check or cash or call in with a credit/debit card.

A: You only need to have your sprinkler system winterized once a year. Make sure to winterize your system before the season’s first hard freeze. Thereafter there is no guarantees or warranty that all the water can be flushed out of your system and you will not sustain costly damage. Just because you did not blow them out during the first hard freeze, get them blown out as soon as possible. The longer it freezes outside the farther down the freeze travels in the soil. If you do not blow them out you are virtually guaranteeing a disaster which will cost you a lot of money to repair. In some cases the entire sprinkler system may have to be replaced.

A: Yes, Sprinkler Startup’s start in March. Contact our office to get scheduled.

Contact us today to schedule your sprinkler Start-Up or Winterization!

(734)330-6136