Watch: Irrigation System Must Haves
Springtime is approaching; it will be time to reactivate your irrigation system. We usually recommend the first week of May, but this is weather-dependent. Also, your lawn’s needs may vary depending on the type(s) of grass, clay, or sand content in the soil and your local climate.
Many components are damaged during the year with the annual freeze and thaw that we experience in Southern Alberta. Our professional Spring Activation service includes a complete visual inspection of your system to ensure that any potential repairs are identified. The best part is that most repairs can be completed during the same appointment!Book Service
There are many steps to properly activating a sprinkler system. You can refer to our video embedded above, or these detailed instructions from the Naiad Blog.
Find the valve’s solenoid. It’s a plastic cylinder with wires attached to the top of the control valve. Slowly turn it to the “on” position until the water can be heard flowing through the valve. Turn the solenoid to the “off” position to shut it off. Only twist the solenoid by hand, and be careful not to over tighten it.
Note: If you turn the solenoid too many times, it may become unthreaded from the valve. If that happens, shutting off the water to the sprinkler system and threading it back in is a good idea. Be careful, as these are plastic fittings and can be easily cross-threaded.
If you’re wondering, you must have noticed your solenoid’s “on” and “off” markings. These are misleading because they refer to whether or not the valve is manually opened, bypassing the timer’s control.
Technicians often do this to test or winterize a system without entering a client’s home to access the timer.
For normal, automated use, the solenoid should be “off.” Don’t worry; if it’s wired in and working correctly, it’ll be ready to open the valve automatically when the timer says so.
Tighten the solenoids by hand, and be firm but careful. Overtightening can cause their plastic body to warp.
It all depends on the weather. In Calgary, we typically start turning on sprinkler systems on the first Monday in May. We tell clients they should have their irrigation system up and running by the Victoria Day Long Weekend.