Having an irrigation system to water your landscape is incredibly convenient. It can save you the time you would otherwise have to walk around your yard with a hose, and ensures your landscape is watered evenly and regularly. However, these systems are rather sensitive, with many parts requiring regular maintenance and repair. Let’s go over some of the most commonly required irrigation system repairs.
A leak in your sprinkler system doesn’t only prevent water from flowing out of the sprinkler heads. Puddles can form in your yard while leaving other areas completely dry, defeating the point of installing an irrigation system. Leaks could be caused by freezing temperatures if you didn’t winterize the system properly, damaged landscaping, or a faulty valve box. If the leak is visible near the sprinkler head, you can try replacing the head. For larger leaks, where water is pooling in the yard, you’ll need a professional to help.
Clogged Sprinkler Heads
You may have a clogged sprinkler head if the head doesn’t rise and there is no water. The sprinkler head filters can build up dirt, sand, and other debris. To clean a filter: Turn off the water, lift the riser, remove the nozzle and the filter, clean the filter and replace the nozzle.
Irrigation systems need controllers to control the system. These devices allow users to determine the irrigation timing and, depending on the type of controller, various other parameters. Often, these controllers experience faults, short circuits, or other electrical problems, causing the entire irrigation system to malfunction or fail completely. Therefore, replacing an old controller with a new one or repairing the wiring is sometimes necessary.
Water Not Turning On
A sprinkler system that doesn’t turn on when it should indicates a few problems, such as:
- Leaky pipes
- Debris from a broken line is clogging the pipe leading to the head
- Too many sprinkler heads are leaking
- Roots are growing into the nozzle
- Roots outside the piping are constricting the pipe
- Running water inside the house is conflicting with sprinklers running at the same time
Without proper knowledge and experience, it can be challenging to determine what is causing the blockage in the system. Your best bet is to talk to an experienced irrigation contractor to see the cause of the problem.
Rain and freeze sensors can wear out after a few years and need replacing. If these sensors fail, the sprinklers will either fail to turn on as scheduled or might continue to consume water for irrigation even when raining, thereby wasting water. It is essential to ensure that these sensors are working and that they are replaced if not.
Choose Sposato Irrigation
Sposato Irrigation is uniquely positioned to offer high-quality, affordable, and reliable irrigation services to homeowners and business owners in Sussex County, Milton, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Ocean View, Millsboro, Dagsboro, and Ocean City, MD. Thanks to our expertise, innovation and decades of professional experience, we can meet the needs of large properties and small gardens. To learn more about our irrigation installation, LED landscape lighting, and commercial irrigation maintenance services, contact us today. We can be reached at 302-645-4773. Also, check us out on Facebook and Twitter.