Regular Maintenance is Essential
It is essential that your irrigation system is fully maintained at all times, to ensure that it always operates at maximum efficiency. Regular maintenance of your irrigation system will also ensure that individual damaged components can be identified and replaced before further damage is caused to other parts of your system.
A Spring Start Up Service ensures that your system is ready to operate straight away
At the start of the season, you need your irrigation system to be ready at a moment’s notice, particularly as the weather can often be very unpredictable. So – what can you do? Well, it’s unlikely that your system will operate properly if it hasn’t been looked at for months. It may be that components or pipework will have been damaged during the winter, or even worse, a crucial part of your system like the pump could be damaged. By the time you’ve fixed the problem it may be that a good spell of weather will be over, and you’ll have missed a much-needed opportunity to give your plants the boost they need to really blossom. So, the lesson to be learnt is to be prepared by having a spring service – ensuring that your system is ready to go as soon as the good weather arrives!
What does a Spring Service Involve?
Our engineers follow a detailed checklist which covers every aspect of your irrigation system in a logical order. They begin at the start of your system – by reinstating the water supply to the tank and checking that all tank fittings (such as tank cover, air gap, inlet, and outlet fittings) are secure and functioning correctly. The irrigation break tank is required by law for irrigation systems with pop-up sprinklers in the lawn, so it is important that this is functioning properly. They will ensure that the pump is re-fitted and secured (if it has been removed) and will also check that it is operating correctly, by first priming it and checking that all pump fittings are tightened properly. They will also check the filters are clean and that the pressure vessel is operating correctly to ensure that the pump is protected. Our engineers will then move on to check the solenoid valves (required to split the system into zones). They will clean the valve diaphragm if required, also checking for any damage. They will also re-tighten all solenoid valve bodies and union fittings if required. All supply pipe and connection fittings within your system will also be re-tightened and re-fitted as these may have loosened over time.
An essential part of the Spring Service is to check the controller and its programming – as it’s essential that your system operates at the correct times and durations. Our engineers will check that all start times and durations are correct, reprogramming with the original settings if applicable. They will also check that all electrical inputs and outputs on the controller are working correctly. They will reinstate the power supply to the pump, also checking its operation, and will do the same for the pump starter. If the system uses a rain sensor, our engineers will reinstate this if it has been suspended over winter, and will check its operation and settings. They will also check the security of its fixing and will clean the water entry point to ensure accurate readings.
Lastly, our engineers will thoroughly check every zone within your system – whether you are using popup sprinklers to water lawns, dripline to water borders or individual drippers to water hanging baskets and patio pots. They will check the operation and security of all components involved, as well as checking for any damage – making replacements where necessary. The riser mechanism for the popup sprinklers will be cleaned and lubricated, and the dripline spacing will be checked and rectified if necessary.
So don’t delay – book a Spring Service today!
So, now you know that a Spring Service is essential to ensure that your irrigation system is ready to go as soon as the better weather arrives – what are you waiting for? Contact us today!