In early spring, it is a good time to check the outside sprinkler system. It is a good time to check all outside hose valves (hose bibs) from your house, too. During the cold season, many outside plumbing fixtures freeze and sometimes break. Problem is, we don’t usually know that there are any problems until the lines are pressurized and/or used again in spring. That is why it is a good idea to be ahead of the game and check those fixtures early. In cold weather, plumbing problems in Calgary do happen. Roto-Rooter can help with any outside plumbing repairs if that is necessary.
A full check of your sprinkler system will only take a short time and is well-worth the effort. Having surprises is no fun. If you live in an area that requires secondary water to be turned into the lines by your city, you may have to wait until the day that occurs to check some parts of your sprinkler system. Check with your local water ministry for the exact time that will take place. If you can pressurize your system yourself with culinary water, do that on the first series of warm days in spring.
• Check all valves on your system and make sure they are closed. Visually examine each of the valve manifolds for any obvious signs of damage.
• Pressurize your system by opening your stop-and-waste. This is buried deep enough in the ground that there is seldom any freeze problems, but linger for a moment and make sure there is no water leakage coming up the access sleeve.
• Do a quick check of all valves attached to your sprinkler system. Make sure there is no leakage coming from any of the valves. Often, valve manifolds are installed at low points on the system which makes them prone to freeze breaks if they are not opened properly and allowed to drain back. The water collects on the high side of the valve and freezes on the first cold night of winter. The ice expansion will crack the pipe and/or the valve housing. If you notice any leakage around valves, immediately turn off your system and call Roto-Rooter.
• Check each sprinkler lateral on your system. Manually run each valve, either from the valve itself or at the sprinkler control box. Check each sprinkler head and make sure it has normal pressure. If you notice any laterals with low pressure, that is a sign that the line may be broken.
Call us for any plumbing problems in Calgary related to your landscape sprinkler system.