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How to Start Your Irrigation System in The Spring


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A spring start up is a yearly maintenance process where you'll start up your system for the spring and summer season after the winter. This process involves turning on the irrigation system and water supply and a completing a system inspection to ensure everything is operating properly with no leaks or system damage. It will also ensure your heads are covering your yard properly.


A proper spring start up can save you money and save you from issues down the road. It's the best time to complete a system inspection to ensure everything is working as it should.


This article is simply a guide and may not suit your specific system and circumstances. If you live in the US, your system will differ slightly as your irrigation systems are often times tied into the city main line with added water meters, valves, etc. Please consult your local irrigation companies with any questions you may have specific to your area.


Here in Canada, our systems are more straight forward as they tie into our house garden hose valve / spigot. This allows us to skip the added meters and valves, saving you thousands of dollars and dealing with the city.


We offer start up services as well as complete irrigation system maintenance. If you're in the Winnipeg area, feel free to reach out! Our prices and contact form are found by clicking HERE.




Why You Should Consider Hiring an Expert Irrigation Technician for Your Spring Start Up


There are many benefits to having an expert crew starting up your system in the spring. Ensure you check with any warranty as well, failure to provide proof of professional maintenance may void your warranty depending on the company.


So why should you have a professional irrigation technician complete your start up?


Expertise

A professional irrigation company will have the expertise to ensure your system is running properly, they'll be able to inspect the system while checking for signs of leaks and damage. They're trained to be able to look for signs as well as ensure everything is running smoothly so there are no surprises.


Thorough Inspection

Professional irrigation technicians are trained to complete a thorough inspection. This inspection will ensure your system is running properly with no leaks or hidden issues that may otherwise take a while to show.


If you aren't sure how to check for these signs and your system is damaged or leaking. It could lead to a surprise water bill, damage to the landscape or water leaking into your home causing damage, among other issues.




Things to Consider Before Starting Your System


Outdoor Temperatures

If the temperatures are still dropping below freezing at night, you'll want to hold off on starting up your system. Waiting until the temperatures are consistently over 10 degrees Celsius is imperative to ensure a random cold snap doesn't freeze and damage your system.


Depending on your location, a typical start up is in May, in the prairies, start up is just prior to the May long weekend.


Starting up your system too early can lead to:

  • Cracked or burst pipes

  • Cracked or loosened Fittings

  • Damage to valves and heads

  • System blockages


Did You Blow Out Your System in the Fall?

If you didn't complete your fall blow out, your system may be damaged. You'll want to inspect for visible signs of damage and should expect some issues upon start up. Your system will also be frozen longer than normal and may have ice blocking some of the pipes.


Check for Signs of Damage

You'll want to complete a visual inspection of the manifold and visible main line. Check for damage, wear, cracks, etc. The irrigation box should be free of soil and have no soil or debris obstructing the valves. Animals enjoy irrigation boxes from time to time so you'll want to ensure they didn't make the box their home or chew through wiring.




Process For Starting Up Your System in The Spring


1. Water Supply

After an initial inspection is complete, you'll want to turn on your spigot/water valve to the main line. This will fill the irrigation main line with water so it can be dispersed to each zone shortly.