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DIY Sprinkler Maintenance for Utah Homeowners

Utah's diverse climate can be challenging for maintaining a healthy and efficient sprinkler system. To ensure your sprinklers continue to serve your landscape well, regular maintenance is key. Fortunately, many aspects of sprinkler system care can be handled by homeowners, saving both time and money. In this guide, we'll walk you through the step-by-step process of DIY sprinkler maintenance, including winterization and troubleshooting, tailored to the unique conditions of Utah.

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Step 1: Gather Your Tools

Before you begin, gather the necessary tools and materials, including:

- Screwdrivers

- Pliers

- A shovel

- Teflon tape

- Replacement parts (nozzles, heads, or pipes)

- An air compressor (for winterization)

Step 2: Turn Off the Water

Start by shutting off the water supply to your sprinkler system. Locate the main shut-off valve, typically located in your basement, crawl space, or a dedicated valve box in your yard.

Step 3: Drain the System

To prevent freezing during Utah's winters, it's crucial to completely drain the water from your sprinkler system. Here's how:

1. Open all drain valves and remove sprinkler heads.

2. If your system has a backflow preventer, remove it and store it indoors for the winter.

3. Use an air compressor to blow out any remaining water from the pipes. Set the pressure to 50-80 PSI and work zone by zone, starting with the farthest from the main valve.

4. Leave all the drain valves and sprinkler heads open to allow for any remaining water to escape.

Step 4: Inspect and Clean Sprinkler Heads

After the system is drained, inspect and clean each sprinkler head. Look for clogs, damaged components, or misaligned heads. Clean them using a screwdriver or pliers and replace any broken parts. Ensure that each head is correctly positioned to cover its designated area.

Step 5: Check for Leaks

Walk the entire system and check for leaks, especially at pipe joints and connection points. Tighten loose connections and use Teflon tape to seal any small leaks. For significant leaks, consider replacing the damaged parts.

Step 6: Set Your Controller

Before winterization, adjust your controller settings to accommodate the changing seasons. Reduce the watering schedule to prevent unnecessary water usage during colder months.

Step 7: Professional Inspection (Optional)

Consider having a professional inspection of your system, especially if you're not confident in your DIY skills. They can identify hidden issues and provide expert recommendations for system improvements.

By following these DIY sprinkler maintenance steps, Utah homeowners can keep their systems running efficiently and protect them from the harsh winter conditions. Regular maintenance helps extend the life of your system, save water, and ensure your landscape thrives year-round.

If these steps sound too complicated, or you feel like you don't have the time or right tools to accomplish a correct winterization of your sprinkler system, schedule a Sprinkler Blowout with us! for $99 we will do all these things and replace any broken heads! Your sprinkler system will be ready to turn back on in the spring with no more maintenance! If your Utah sprinkler system needs help, call IMS!

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