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Getting Your Sprinkler System Ready for Summer

May 11 / 2020

Modern homeowners often rely on the convenience of their sprinkler system to keep their lawns lush despite their busy schedule. However, the transition from season to season can be delicate. Since summer can put a lot of stress on your system, it’s important to properly prepare your sprinklers after they have set idle for a significant amount of time. At Rooter Hero Plumbing, we provide high quality commercial and residential services for clients in California and Arizona. Do you want to know the best way to get your sprinklers ready for summer? Here are a few suggestions that can help you reach your goal. Make Sure Your Outdoor Water Supply is Turned On Did you winterized your sprinkler system by blowing out your pipes? Then you turned off the water supply to do so. If your sprinklers have been sitting idle through early spring because of frequent rain, then you may have neglected to turn the valve. Check to make sure the outdoor water supply is turned on before moving forward. Remove and Clean Sprinkler Heads and Screens Next, you’ll need to gently remove the sprinkler heads and screens according to your manufacturer’s instructions. Lay the removed nozzle next to the sprinkler to avoid the need for adjustments. Fill several small containers with warm water and dish soap and let each nozzle soak for a few minutes, then carefully clean away any grime or dirt that may have accumulated over the past two seasons. If you notice any damaged pieces, purchase replacements. Flush Your Line and Check for Leaks There may be dirt, insects and other items inside your sprinkler system. Flush the debris out by turning on your water supply until the water is clear. During this process, check for visible signs of leaks. Neglecting this step could lead to overwatering, increased utility costs and further damage to your system. If the system appears to be in good order, and you are satisfied with the cleanout process, you can carefully replace your sprinkler screens and nozzles. Once they are secured in place, turn on your sprinkler system, adjust your settings according to your needs and enjoy irrigating your lawn. What to Do If you Notice Signs of Major Leaks or Severe Damage If your sprinkler system is outdated, and in need of major repairs, it might be time to replace it. Doing so is likely well worth the investment, since you’ll save money on your monthly water bills. Today’s sprinkler systems have advanced features and settings, and some can even be integrated with your home’s smart system to minimize water waste. Do You Need Help Preparing Your Plumbing System for Summer? Call Rooter Hero Plumbing Today Is your plumbing ready for the summer? Get your pipes prepared by calling the team at Rooter Hero Plumbing. Our certified and insured local plumbers offer a wide range of services for local home and business owners including plumbing inspections, leak detection, pipe repair, hydro jetting and more. Contact our office to learn more or to schedule an appointment with a licensed plumber in your California or Arizona city.