Installing a rain sensor for your sprinkler system is a great way to ensure that your irrigation system runs efficiently. With a rain sensor, you can avoid the common problem of an automatic sprinkler system running during a storm. Rain sensors are available from many reputable manufacturers, such as Rain Bird, Toro, Orbit, and Weathermatic. When you're ready to install your rain sensor, you'll need to adjust it to the correct settings.
To get the most out of your rain sensor and ensure that your sprinkler system is running efficiently, it's important to adjust the settings correctly. Here's how to do it:
Step 1: Read the ManualBefore you start adjusting your rain sensor, make sure to read the manual that came with it. This will provide you with important information about the settings and how to adjust them correctly.
Step 2: Set the SensitivityThe sensitivity of your rain sensor determines how much rainfall is required before it shuts off the sprinkler system. You can adjust this setting by turning the dial on the side of the sensor.
Generally, you'll want to set it to a lower sensitivity if you live in an area with frequent light rain showers.
Step 3: Adjust the Delay TimeThe delay time setting determines how long after rainfall has stopped before your sprinkler system will turn back on. This setting is important because it prevents your sprinkler system from turning on too soon after a storm. You can adjust this setting by turning the dial on the side of the sensor.
Step 4: Test Your SettingsOnce you've adjusted your rain sensor settings, it's important to test them out. To do this, simply turn on your sprinkler system and wait for a light rain shower.
If your rain sensor is working correctly, it should shut off the sprinkler system when it detects rainfall. Adjusting the rain sensors on your lawn sprinkler system is an essential part of keeping your irrigation system running smoothly. By following these steps, you can ensure that your rain sensors are set up correctly and working properly.