Spring Tune-Up /Activation

Spring Activation – Basic Functionality Tune-up  Our Spring Tune-up and Activation service focuses on basic system functionality whereas our Late Season Tune-up service focuses on fine tuning water distribution and resolving coverage issues. As the name implies our Spring activation service is limited to activating the system in its current state – minor modifications are possible only if time permits. Major modifications are completed in the mid or low seasons, and we reserve the right to deny service when major landscape renovations have taken place. Examples: Septic repair – Concrete or fence installations – etc.   On average we can activate 5 zones per tech hour so a 10-zone system on average takes 2-tech hours but can vary widely if major issues exist. Our spring activation service is designed to quickly get your system fully functional for the coming watering season – the service includes #1 Confirm the system main line is holding tight with no leaks. #2 check that all zones are firing and identify electrical issues if any. (If needed send back senior electrical tech) #3 Confirm proper operating pressure for lateral zones; This is accomplished by repairing lateral line breaks, broken sprinkler heads and evaluating sprinkler head counts and nozzle types. #4 confirming the rain sensor is properly working and replacing batteries if needed. #5 Checking the programming for excessive start or run times. Typically, on non-volatile memory controllers we leave the programming as is unless we see something that is completely wrong or the customer requests we change the programming. #6 Replace 9-volt back-up battery on the controller (only if needed).   #7 Confirm all needed sprinklers are working and adjusted properly. Some sprinkler heads may be shut off that are either watering nothing or watering established plant material like ivy that does not need water. #8 Provide Backflow testing and repair if needed.   Our “Deluxe Tune-up” service (see more below) takes this portion of the tune-up to the next level. Run times generated from our “deluxe tune-up” service focuses on water conservation and generated run times are suitable as base run times for smart controllers.   If the primary goal of your tune-up is to improve water distribution and resolve coverage issues, we recommend our Late Season Tune-up which focuses more intensely on coverage improvements. As the name implies the late season tune-up is best scheduled between July 15th through September 15th.