Starting up your Sprinkler System

Did you know that starting your sprinkler system right can help you conserve water and save money?

Sounds complicated, you say.

Trust us, it simpler than you think.

Just start off with four simple steps.

When you turn you sprinkler system on for the first time this season:

1. Inspect and repair manifolds, valves, and sprinkler lines for any leaks.

2. Replace any broken sprinkler heads or nozzles.

3. Clear any debris interfering with sprinkler heads and nozzles.

4. Adjust sprinkler patterns to prevent watering sidewalks, streets, and driveways.

These steps, along with smart watering, can help you save up to 3,000 gallons of water per watering session. To learn more about how conserving water can help you save money, check out this post.

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  1. Your review is awaiting approval

    I bought a 12 head sprinkler WATERMASTER control, but i can only connect 9 heads to it. Any way to connect the other heads?

  2. Sandra Cockrell

    I need to speak to someone

    Please contact me

    • mcallahan

      Hi Sandra – One of our customer care leads will reach out to your address.

  3. Blue Jay Irrigation

    The videos really illustrate how you actually start up an irrigation system and what to watch out for. Nice and simple, only took about 5 minutes to watch which is nice too.

    Another important aspect of starting you irrigation system is when? Check out our article to learn about the best time to start up your irrigation system

  4. Mary

    I have a problem with station 6. Nothing happens for auto or manual turn on, I can turn the sprinkler on from the solarnoid. Is there a factory master reset for a Watermaster 57116?

    • Justin S.

      That issue could be a number of things. Our technical support would be able to help diagnose the problem and provide solutions. Please contact them here:

  5. Dan

    Installed new orbit timer PN# 87894 on an old system. The solenoids (2 24volt)only have one wire that went to the old timer. Is the correct wiring one solenoid wire to station 1 with jumper to common and second solenoid wire going to station 2 with jumper to common too?

    • Justin S.

      That sounds right. Each valve should have two wires: one for the station itself and one for the common wire, which you jump with the other zones (as you’ve described).

  6. Justin Siebenhaar

    Sue, those wires can be tricky. It takes a bit of pressure. Our technical support will have some tips as well: 800-488-6156.

  7. Mark Swanburg

    I have a 6 valve orbit system, installed 2 years ago. The display shows all characters illuminated. Turning off the power and removing the batteries does not help, pressing reset does not change anything. Replacing the fuse doesn’t help. It just doesn’t do anything but display everything.

    • Justin Siebenhaar


      There’s a number of things this could be. We can work with you on a fix or replacement: give us a call at 800-488-6156.

    • Justin Siebenhaar

      Mark, the screen could be burned out. Please contact our technical support and they’ll give you any fixes or arrange for replacement: 1-800-488-6156

  8. sue

    I have a 6station orbit timer that when you put the valve wires in the timer they fall out. Is it better to bend the wires or add a second piece of small wire??? Pls help ne

    • Justin S.

      Yes, these wires can be tricky. Bending the wire (to make it thicker) could be a workable solution. If you’re still having problems, give us a call and we can give some other solutions. 800-488-6156.

  9. ronwhitton

    I have a three valve orbit system installed. When I turn on the main water source, two of the valves remain open. I have tried properly removing and cleaning all the valves but the same two valve remain open. What can be the problem.
    P.S. All the valves and manifold are brand new.

    • Justin Siebenhaar


      There are a number of things this could be. Please call our tech support and we can troubleshoot this item with you over the phone. 1-800-299-5555

  10. eduardo

    the sprincler tinmer is working acordinng to program,but the screen display keep flashing when is in auto mode ;is it normal?

    • Justin Siebenhaar

      Yep, totally normal.