It can be frustrating to turn your sprinkler on only to find that it doesn’t work. If you are the do-it-yourself type, you may want to troubleshoot the problem. However, there are some cases that need professional attention, and the earlier you report them the better.
Using a damaged or broken sprinkler system can significantly hike your water bill and damage your landscape if left unattended. It is therefore important to troubleshoot your sprinkler system for any potential issues and have it repaired, preferably before summer. The following are some of the things to look out for when assessing the health of your system.
The controller is the brain of the entire system operation. If you find it doesn’t turn on or it has other issues, you should schedule sprinkler repair immediately. However, before you go this route, you can troubleshoot to find whether the problem is an easy fix.
The transformer output needs to be at the right level as specified for your model. The wires going in and out of your controller should be in good shape. Most sprinkler electrical issues happen inside the valve boxes because these are susceptible to damage and weather.
When working well, your sprinkler heads should be spraying water in definite directions based on the rotation. However, when you find them not spraying any water or the geysers spewing water everywhere, you know there is a problem.
Low pressure is usually the cause behind sprinkler heads not popping out of the ground fully, thus providing poor water coverage. Low pressure is usually caused by blockages in the spray head or underground leakages that need repair.
If you live in a community that sources its water from a borehole and more structures are put up in any given year, you may notice a significant drop in pressure. While low pressure is a problem, high pressure can also cause sprinkler heads to mist instead of providing a steady flow. Consistently high water pressure easily wears out your system and as such the pressure should be regulated.
If you find your sprinkler head not popping up as you turn on the system, you may consider notifying Colorado Sprinkler Service, who will assess the pressure to see the reading for the water. Sometimes, the problem could be a physical obstruction that keeps the head from coming up. This could be anything from dirt to plant materials at the top of the sprinkler head.
Puddles Around Sprinkler or on Lawn
When you see damp spots on your lawn, especially after turning your sprinkler on, it could be a sign of a faulty system. The cause could be anything from high water pressure to a leak or even sprinkler heads that are too close together.
A simple troubleshooting procedure is to adjust your watering schedule so as not to water too often. This will help you see whether the problem is internal or external. One of the ways to solve this is to have a professional sprinkler repair technician to install check valves at every head.
Remember, there are things you can do on your own, but there are also those that require the attention of trained and certified professionals. Don’t troubleshoot your sprinkler system if doing so will damage it further.