An important step in caring for your yard comes at this time of year, particularly if you had your sprinkler system winterized back in late fall. The mistake that can be made is improperly performing a Lawn Sprinkler Irrigation Startup, particularly where a water pump drawing from Lake Murray is concerned. When starting your Goulds Water Pump up for your sprinkler system, its important to take these steps.
First, if any antifreeze was put into the water pump when they winterized it, you must carefully drain it from the pump into a container. Flushing it out a bit as well would be environmentally friendly. Once all of the antifreeze from winterization is gone, replace the pump plug carefully and tighten only snugly, not to overtighten.
Secondly, you must prime the pump by removing the top cap on the irrigation pump pipe. Drag a hose down from the house or other water supply and fill the pump housing and as much water as it will take until it is overflowing. Sometimes you will need to run the pump briefly then fill with more water.
Once the pump is primed, you must then carefully bleed the air out of the sprinkler system. Turn each zone on, one at a time until all air is out of the system.
Once the irrigation water pump priming procedure is done, you can then set the control panel for the correct watering duration and time according to the weather. If it has been raining a lot, just leave the timer off. If it is dry, then set the timer to water the grass accordingly.