Turning your water on
- Locate the sprinkler supply valve. These at typically located in the basement and are marked with a red “shut-off” tag.
- Locate your backflow preventer. This device is usually located directly outside the house from the sprinkler supply valve.
- Shut the backflow valve off. The backflow will have two shut-off valves with blue handles. It will also have 2-4 small test ports depending on the model. Shut-off the first valve closest to the water supply by turning the valve handle so that the handle is perpendicular with the pipe.
- Turn the winterization valve off. There is a faucet located before the backflow that needs to be turned off.
- Turn the water supply valve on. Slowly turn the inside valve on so that the valve handle is parallel with the pipe. You should hear a quick rush of water which should stop in a few seconds. If the water continues to flow, go to the next step. If not, you have completed the water turn on procedure.
- Turn off the test port. With a slotted screwdriver, turn the small ball valve where the water is exiting from until the water stops.
Activating your system
- At the backflow preventer, turn off the second shut-off valve and close off all of the small test ports
- Turn on the first shut-off valve. There will be a quick burst of water out of the relief valve but it should stop after a few seconds. If the “leak” persists, open and close the first shut-off valve a few times. If the water continues to leak through the relief valve, call our office.
- Turn on the second shut-off valve. As you slowly turn this valve on, the water will fill the mainline. Depending on how long your mainline is, it may take a minute or so.
- Check the mainline for leaks. Walk the length of the mainline to observe any leaks
- Turn of the controller. Activate each zone manually for approximately 5 minutes. Inspect each head for proper operation. This includes rotation adjustment and riser seal wear inspection.
- Program the controller. Set the controller for the seasonal schedule.
Also keep in mind most systems are equipped with a rain sensor.This may keep your system for operating.