Rainwater System Tune-up (De-Winterization)
is here and it's time to tune up your system for the hot season ahead.
Preventive maintenance is the most cost-effective way to keep your system
running smoothly throughout the year and it also assures that you'll harvest
your maximum potential of rainfall.
are a few things you should check:
- Tank water level and quality: The
water should be clear and odor-free. If it's not, then you should inspect
your pre-filtration system to make sure it's doing a sufficient job. If
there's no water in your tank, you may have a problem in the conveyance
system (gutters, downspouts, filtration or plumbing
Rainwater Filter: The filter screens should be cleaned of any leaves or
debris. If you have an automatic spray head cleaner, it should be tested
for operation. Most stainless steel screens can be easily cleaned in the
Flush System: If your system has a first flush filter, it should be
checked for excessive debris buildup. The flow control valve, primary
filter screen, secondary filter screen and the floating ball should be
cleaned or re-installed if they were removed for winterizing.
Filter: There should
be a nylon cord attached to the ring on the floating ball which prevents
the floating filter from settling on the bottom of the tank. Pull on this
cord to inspect the filter screen, hose and attachments. The screen and
all other attachments should be clean and rust-free. If there is rust on
the screen, it may need to be replaced. If you have a floating filter that
was purchased more than 2 years ago, we highly recommend this inspection
as some manufacturers produced intake screens that rust and can eventually
allow the intake hose to drop to the tank bottom.
and Controller: After verifying that you have sufficient water and the
other components are working, it's time to test the pump and controller.
Using your irrigation system, etc., turn on the pump for about 1 minute
and make sure you have adequate pressure and flow. Make sure that the pump
stops when the water demand is closed. If you have any problems, feel free
to give us a call and we'll help you get your system running.
Filtration and Water Treatment: These are typically installed on potable water
systems. Post filtration consists of cartridge filters, bag filters,
activated carbon and UV sterilizers. Most cartridge and bag filters should
be replaced annually at a minimum. Most UV sterilizer bulbs should also be
replaced annually. Refer to the operating instructions of your system for
recommended replacement guidelines.