Things You Need to Know Before Turning the Sprinkler System on at the Beginning of the Season


Spring has sprung, and it’s almost time to turn your sprinkler system back on. While turning them on in the spring is easier than the winterizing process, there are a few things you need to know first. Take a look at our top tips.

First Things First – Check for Frozen Ground

Don’t turn the water to your sprinkler system on if the ground in your yard is still frozen anywhere. This can lead to broken water lines. You can use a shovel to test the soil. Dig it into the ground at least a foot. You should be able to easily tell if you have frozen ground in your yard. If it is, wait at least a week or two before prepping the sprinklers for spring. If the ground isn’t frozen, you should be good to go.

Next – Check the System

You can turn your system on without an inspection, but it will benefit you, in the long run, to take a few simple steps to make sure the system is ready for water.


  • Check to be sure the sprinkler heads are clean and clear of grass, dirt, and debris
  • Check the sprinkler heads for any damage
  • Check your control panel and make sure it’s functioning properly
  • Verify that properly programmed zones on your control panel
  • Make sure the water valves are open before turning on the main line


While turning sprinklers on for the summer is less labor-intensive than turning them off for the winter, there are some specific steps you need to take. Doing it right can help reduce the chance of damage to the system and increase the potential for a properly working sprinkler system. For help getting your water on and your grass on its way to green this spring, contact the pros at Stormy Plumbing.