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Now that those cold Chicago winter days have given way to the warmer days of spring (even if it seems to have arrived a little late this year) it’s time to startup your residential or commercial property irrigation system. Before you jump in, over-induced with the spirit of spring and turn that water supply valve wide open, slow down and examine some simple tips to help you avoid damaging your lawn sprinkler system. Check to Make Sure the Ground is Frost-Free Spring startup for your lawn sprinkler system involves “recharging” your irrigation pipes, but before you do that it’s always a good idea to make sure there isn’t frost still lurking below. Dig with a shovel or spade to verify the soil is frost free at least a foot below the surface. Fill the Pipes Slowly to Avoid a Water Hammer The biggest danger confronting your sprinkler system during the first startup in spring is a situation called a “water hammer.” The term water hammer refers to the surge of air pressure created in irrigation pipes when water first flows into an empty pipe too fast, causing a force up to 15 times the correct operating pressure. This usually bursts fittings and launches sprinklers from beneath the earth to the sky above. Even if this extreme reaction doesn’t occur, it’s still possible to unknowingly do damage that will cause failure days or weeks later when its least expected. If you’re not experienced or feel uncomfortable performing lawn sprinkler spring startup, consider using professional irrigation services from The Service Innovators (TSI), one of the best landscaping, lawn sprinkler companies in the Chicago area. First start by relieving the air pressure release valves, or if your system doesn’t have any, take the sprinkler heads off at the highest level of each zone. Fill the pipes slowly by opening the shutoff valve (that controls water flow) by only a quarter turn to avoid a surge of pressure. When the main line is full of water, slowly open the zone valve manually. After that zone is filled, close air-relief valve(s) or put back the sprinkler heads. Then go to the next zone and repeat these steps until every zone is filled. Test the Irrigation System When entirely filled, run each zone for two minutes to test the automatic timer, flush out any air that was left, see if the heads are working properly and check around valves and sprinkler heads for leaks and breaks. Look to see if all lawn sprinklers are level and operating correctly. When all lines are full and everything is working, the main water supply valve can be opened all the way. Go back and make sure the timer programs you set are still correct and reset if needed.  These tips are presented to remind and help guide those confident and familiar with lawn sprinkler startups. If performing your own residential startup seems challenging, or you lack experienced staff to maintain your commercial property irrigation system, it’s smart to hire the professionals from TSI, one of Greater Chicagoland’s best property maintenance companies. Because spring startups can also discover damage above and below the ground, TSI will not only see that your grounds are properly covered with water, but with great irrigation repair and maintenance services as well. To learn more about TSI Irrigation Startup Service quotes for residential and commercial properties, please fill out our Request For Quote Form.
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One of the Best Chicago Landscape Irrigation Contractors Serving the following  Greater Chicago Areas from their Wheeling, IL Headquarters:
Skokie, IL Buffalo Grove, IL Naperville, IL Park Ridge, IL Arlington Heights, IL Orland Park, IL Northbrook, IL Evanston, IL Highland Park, IL
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May 1, 2018
Now that those cold Chicago winter days have given way to the warmer days of spring (even if it seems to have arrived a little late this year) it’s time to startup your residential or commercial property irrigation system. Before you jump in, over- induced with the spirit of spring and turn that water supply valve wide open, slow down and examine some simple tips to help you avoid damaging your lawn sprinkler system. Check to Make Sure the Ground is Frost-Free Spring startup for your lawn sprinkler system involves “recharging” your irrigation pipes, but before you do that it’s always a good idea to make sure there isn’t frost still lurking below. Dig with a shovel or spade to verify the soil is frost free at least a foot below the surface. Fill the Pipes Slowly to Avoid a Water Hammer The biggest danger confronting your sprinkler system during the first startup in spring is a situation called a “water hammer.” The term water hammer refers to the surge of air pressure created in irrigation pipes when water first flows into an empty pipe too fast, causing a force up to 15 times the correct operating pressure. This usually bursts fittings and launches sprinklers from beneath the earth to the sky above. Even if this extreme reaction doesn’t occur, it’s still possible to unknowingly do damage that will cause failure days or weeks later when its least expected. If you’re not experienced or feel uncomfortable performing lawn sprinkler spring startup, consider using professional irrigation services from The Service Innovators (TSI), one of the best landscaping, lawn sprinkler companies in the Chicago area. First start by relieving the air pressure release valves, or if your system doesn’t have any, take the sprinkler heads off at the highest level of each zone. Fill the pipes slowly by opening the shutoff valve (that controls water flow) by only a quarter turn to avoid a surge of pressure. When the main line is full of water, slowly open the zone valve manually. After that zone is filled, close air-relief valve(s) or put back the sprinkler heads. Then go to the next zone and repeat these steps until every zone is filled. Test the Irrigation System When entirely filled, run each zone for two minutes to test the automatic timer, flush out any air that was left, see if the heads are working properly and check around valves and sprinkler heads for leaks and breaks. Look to see if all lawn sprinklers are level and operating correctly. When all lines are full and everything is working, the main water supply valve can be opened all the way. Go back and make sure the timer programs you set are still correct and reset if needed.  These tips are presented to remind and help guide those confident and familiar with lawn sprinkler startups. If performing your own residential startup seems challenging, or you lack experienced staff to maintain your commercial property irrigation system, it’s smart to hire the professionals from TSI, one of Greater Chicagoland’s best property maintenance companies. Because spring startups can also discover damage above and below the ground, TSI will not only see that your grounds are properly covered with water, but with great irrigation repair and maintenance services as well. To learn more about TSI Irrigation Startup Service quotes for residential and commercial properties, please fill out our Request For Quote Form.
Lawn Sprinklers Spring Startup Tips from One of Chicago’s Best Landscape Contractors
Chicago lawn sprinkler irrigation company contractor serves residential and commercial properties.