Sprinklers are a crucial part of your lawn care strategy. The right sprinkler ensures that your grass gets just the proper water and nutrients. On the other hand, the wrong sprinkler can waste time and resources by spraying water unnecessarily when the lawn doesn’t need it.
There are many different types of sprinklers, but they all have one thing in common. They should deliver water to your lawn in a controlled way. You might have a sprinkler system with one or multiple heads. Either way, you’ll want to ensure you get the most out of your investment.
Here are some common issues with sprinkler systems, along with recommendations on how to diagnose them:
Water Leaks From Different Zones
If you’re watering the lawn and water leaks from one or multiple zones at once, your sprinkler system is likely clogged. A clog may occur in any part of the sprinkler system, whether in the pipes or valves.
When diagnosing a leaky zone, ensure that there isn’t just a leaky head causing the problem. If you suspect it might be more than just a head, you should start by turning off all of the zones except one or two at a time.
This will help you determine the source of the leak. If it continues after turning off those zones, it’s best to call a professional to help diagnose and fix the problem. It would also be helpful to keep a diagram of the sprinkler zones and valve controls. Thus, making things easier when you need to replace a zone controller.
If your sprinkler system is buzzing, it’s probably because of a faulty pump. The loud noise occurs when the pump runs and water flows through it. A defective relay system might be the culprit for the buzzing sound. This will most likely mean a non-working sprinkler head.
This might require overhauling the entire system and replacing all parts, including the pump, hoses, heads, valves, pipes, and more.
Pop Up Failure
The most common problem with pop-up sprinklers is that they fail to pop up. If the water pressure is too low or the pop-up mechanism is damaged, the sprinkler heads will not pop up correctly.
First, ensure enough water pressure at your hose bib to diagnose this problem. If there isn’t enough pressure, you can install a booster pump to increase it.
Next, check all your sprinkler heads to ensure they are correctly installed and operating. If you have more than one zone of sprinklers, ensure each zone has its respective valve. This will ensure that you can isolate any malfunctioning zones from the rest of your system.
Suppose everything appears to be working correctly, but no water comes out of your sprinkler heads. In that case, check for obstructions in the line using a garden hose or a snake tool.
Poor Water Pressure
Poor water pressure is the most common problem that sprinkler system owners experience. There are several reasons why this issue may occur. However, the most common is that a clogged or cracked pipe has caused a blockage in your system.
If you have poor water pressure, determine what part of your system is causing the issue. Check if your backflow device is malfunctioning. You can also turn off each zone and check for water flow, which will help pinpoint the part that needs repair first.
You should also check leaks in your pipes or lines. If you find one, replace it immediately because it can lead to more severe problems.
If all else fails, call a professional who repairs sprinkler systems. They will be able to find out what’s wrong with your sprinklers and fix them so that you don’t have any more problems.
When You Can’t Fix It, Call a Pro
Sprinkler systems are complex, but they’re worth it. Sprinkler problems can be tough to diagnose, but with a bit of practice and patience, you’ll be able to figure out what’s happening.
Once you’ve figured out the problem, don’t hesitate to call a professional if you need help. Don’t do everything by yourself.