Did you just find out that your new house has a sprinkler system? What do you do now? Should you inspect the irrigation system for damage? Fret not, in this guide, we’re going to talk about six things you can do to make sure the sprinkler system is ready for use. Needless to say, it is typically best to seek professional help, especially when you’re unsure about any aspect of the sprinkler system.

What To Do if You Discover Your New House Has a Sprinkler System?

Now, with that out of the way, let’s look at the six things you can do if you discover your new house has a sprinkler system.

1. Familiarizing Yourself

The first step is to learn about the sprinkler system and its components. First of all, you should locate the control panel and the valves.

  • Read up on the instruction manual if one is available or contact the previous homeowner for information.
  • Take a walk around the property and make a note of all sprinkler heads for reference.

2. Inspecting for Damage

There’s always a possibility that the sprinkler heads and pipes have some damage or leaks. You need to repair or replace any faulty sprinkler system parts as needed before starting to use the system.

  • The most common type of damage is a broken or clogged sprinkler head.
  • Closely examine the pipes and connections for leaks and corrosion.

3. Understanding the System

If you don’t already, make sure you understand how a sprinkler system operates. This includes learning about the watering schedule, zones, and settings. You can adjust a lot of these settings on your own to suit your preferences and the needs of your lawn or garden.

  • Review the control panel instructions to learn how to adjust the sprinkler system settings.
  • Feel free to experiment with the different settings to see how they affect water distribution and coverage.

4. Learning Maintenance Requirements

Sprinkler systems have certain maintenance requirements. Failing to ensure the necessary upkeep will make them less than ideal when used. It’s easy to find out the maintenance tasks required for the sprinkler system. Generally, these tasks include winterizing the pipes and doing regular inspections. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to winterize the system.

5. Testing the System

Running a test cycle can ensure that all the sprinkler heads are functioning as intended. Also, check if the sprinklers are covering the desired areas or not. You can find some headroom for making adjustments or even repairs on the first run and it’s completely normal.

  • A manual test can help you check if all sprinkler heads are popping up and spraying water evenly or not.
  • You can adjust the direction and range of the heads to ensure they reach the intended areas without overspray.

6. Optimizing Water Usage

Installing a rain sensor and a smart controller for your sprinkler system can help you optimize water usage for efficiency, reducing the wastage of water. Both these devices can help conserve water by adjusting the watering schedule based on weather conditions.

Additional Information: How to Conserve Water in Your Yard

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