Infinity Home Collection: How To Start Up Your Sprinkler System

okay okay so today we're going to talk

about how you would start up your

sprinkler system in the springtime and

the time of year you're going to

probably do that is going to be April or

May sometime and it varies year to year

you kind of got to watch how much

moisture we've been getting and weather

reports on if we're going to have any

freezing temperatures again most people

are probably starting up their sprinkler

systems sometime in April or May and

we're looking at the shut offs over here

and these are going to be located in

your basement you're going to have a

main water shut-off and an irrigation

water shut-off then we're going to come

over and just take a quick look at those

and then we're actually going to head

outside to do the first steps of

starting up your sprinkler system so

this one yours probably going to be

labeled either with one of these orange

stickers or just the word main or main

water shut-off written on the white

vinyl here and then this is the

irrigation system water shut-off and

once again you'll either have this

orange sticker like this or you just

maybe the words written on the white

vinyl with a sharpie marker and so our

first steps are going to actually be

outside so we're not even going to turn

the water on yet we're just going to go

outside and show you the things that you

need to do out there first okay now

we're outside and we're going to

continue the explanation of how you

would turn on your sprinkler system in

the springtime so let's take a look at

the parks that we've got here on the

outside this is where the water line

that services your sprinkler system

comes out of your house so it comes out

of the house makes a 90-degree turn goes

up to a shutoff valve and this is the

little handle of that shutoff valve then

it goes through the it goes through the

pressure vacuum breaker right here some

people would call it a backflow

preventer it goes through another

shutoff valve and then it goes down into

the ground over to the valve box to

service the sprinkler system so when we

come out here there's a few things we're

going to have to do before we go down

inside and turn the water on

a couple of things you've got to do is

there are two screws right here these

are each called the petcock and there's

a little screw right here and it's set

at about a 45 degree angle right now as

is this one we're going to want to turn

these little screws just using a slotted

screwdriver so that they are perfectly

vertical or 90 degrees to dot petcock

going out is actually probably more

important than vertical that needs to be

basically 90 degrees to the direction of

that petcock that keeps water from going

out those petcocks if we left it at 45

water would shoot out those petcocks the

next thing we're going to do is we're

going to take these two shutoff valves

and we're going to turn them fully to

the off position so that they're not

letting any water go by normally when a

sprinkler system is winterized and we're

looking at one that had been winterized

you'll find these at a 45 degree angle

to turn them off you're going to turn

them so that they're 90 degrees to the

pipe perpendicular to the pipe so I've

turned that one off turn that one off so

these are both off now now the water

goes down over to the valve box now we

need to look down into the valve box and

there's a couple things in there that we

need to do in particular at the end of

the valve box furthest from the house if

we look down in here there's a couple of

little t-shaped brass valves there's one

here and there's one here most

irrigation contractors when they

winterize your sprinkler system are

going to open those little valves that

would let water drain out the end of the

pipe that direction we need to make

certain that we shut those valves before

we turn the water onto your sprinkler

system otherwise water is just going to

come spraying out the end at quite a

volume of water shutting them off is

turning them clockwise as you're looking

down on them so I'm going to take this

one and be a little bit hard to see with

my hand here but I'm turning it

clockwise and that's going to turn it


or close it so I've got that one closed

and so now I'm gonna close this one

and that one is now closed let's make

certain they're tight all right

so from there we can go back down into

the basement to continue the process

I've turned in the sprinkler system on

so we're back to the inside and the next

step is actually going to be turning the

water on to the exterior parts of the

sprinkler system typically when you

winterize your sprinkler system in the

fall you will have removed this cap

right here this bleeder cap to drain the

water in this vertical pipe out this


before you turn this water on you want

to make certain that this cap is back on

and then it's good and snug and after we

turn the water on you're going to want

to check around that cap several times

within the first 10 or 15 minutes to

make certain that you're not getting any

drips right there and this is especially

critical if it turns out that your water

shutoffs or maybe in a finished area of

a basement what you don't want to do is

just turn this on and walk away for a

week possibly not realizing that this

had a slow drip and create some

substantial damage over a period of time

so when we turn this on we should hear

the flow of water I don't know if our

microphones going to pick it up and then

it should only go for a few seconds and

it should stop if you continue to hear

the flow of water then something's not

quite behaving correctly so I'm going to

go ahead and turn this valve on and

again we should hear a little bit of

flow of water and then it should stop

and so that's exactly what we got we got

a flow of water and it stopped it is

quiet again I'm not hearing any more

water flowing so I'm going to check

right here just make certain though you

don't have any water dripping we don't

we're good but you don't want to just go

that one check and leave it alone you

want to come back and check it several

times again within the next 10 to 15

minutes if it's not dripping during that

period it's unlikely this is going to be

dripping at all so let's uh head back to

the outside and continue the process of

turning the sprinklers on so we're back

to the outside we're going to finish up

the process of turning on the sprinkler

so when we turn the water on inside we

actually got water under pressure coming

in this part of the pipe and it's coming

up to this valve right here under

pressure and it's stopped right there

and so from there on we don't even have

any water in the pipe yet so our first

step out here is going to be to open

this valve and that's going to send

water up through the pressure vacuum

breaker over to this valve we'll

probably get a little bit of water that

sprays out from underneath this bonnet

until a little diaphragm in here seals

that'd be pretty typical to have that

happen so I'm going to turn this one on

and we should get little spritz of water

and the water is going to go to this

valve and stop and so that's exactly

what we got the water is now to this

valve under pressure so this part here

now has pressure in it occasionally when

you do that you might find that you

didn't have one of these as vertical or

set to a 90 just quite perfectly and if

you didn't what you can get I'm going to

try to do this very slowly and gently is

you get a little bit of water coming out

and so if you do just turn it a little

more towards 90 or a little more towards

vertical to stop that water so our next

step now is going to be to turn this

last valve right here on and that's

going to send the water down to the

sprinkler valves so we should hear a

little bit of flow of water again and

then it should stop and that's what we

got so now all the units down in here

are pressurized the last thing you're

really going to want to do is just check

by looking down in here and make certain

that when you close these two brass

valves that in fact you've got them good

and shut we're not seeing any water

coming out the ends down here so we do

have them sealed off properly and this

sprinkler system is now ready to run we

would just have to turn the sprinkler

clock in the garage to on and and to run

and have our program go and so if you

got any questions about that whole

process feel free to shoot us an email

at Warren

at infinity home collection calm Thanks