Do you require sprinkler repair or replacement? The answer depends on various factors, such as the age of the system, the problems occurring, and the skill of your technician.
Common Sprinkler Problems
Sprinkler system issues don’t magically appear overnight; they take time to develop. You’ll often notice minor signs like a drop in water pressure or leaks before your irrigation system breaks down.
Here are some of the most common problems we see with residential and commercial sprinkler systems.
The controller is the brain of your irrigation system. When it starts behaving erratically, you may need to check the electrical components or replace the unit. Erratic behavior might manifest as cycling on or off at incorrect times or being unable to switch modes.
You can patch the odd leak here and there. However, if there are several leaks, it’s a sign that something is wrong. The problem might lie with the valves, a blockage, poor installation, or other causes. It usually means you must flush the system or replace it.
If you can hear a buzzing sound similar to static, you have a severe problem on your hands. It’s best to switch off the system and give us a call. If you act quickly enough, we may be able to repair the pump before it burns out.
Pop Up Failure
There might be many reasons that the sprinkler heads don’t pop up. It could be electrical issues or controller failure, but it’s difficult to determine without evaluating the system.
Incorrect Head Height
This sprinkler repair issue is one that few people even notice, as the signs are so subtle. Keep an eye out for patchy watering. If there are dry spots on your lawn, you may have your irrigation sprinklers set at the wrong height.
You might run over the unit with the mower if the head is too high. If it is too low, the water won’t spurt out far enough, leaving a very wet patch around the head and dry spots further out.
Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure is one of the most common sprinkler system problems. The cause is usually a straightforward block, break, or faulty hardware. In such cases, sprinkler repair is simply clearing the issue.
In rarer instances, these sprinkler system issues are due to design faults. In such cases, you may need to replace the sprinkler rather than a simple sprinkler system repair.
Skipping Irrigation Zones
You will most often see this issue when you have a pump-fed unit. The cause is most likely a faulty pump lining that interferes with water flow into certain areas. You’ll notice this because you’ll see gaps in irrigation or sections of your garden looking drier than usual.
If your system isn’t pump-driven, things become more complex. In such cases, you may have damaged wires, a shorted solenoid, bad connectors, or a malfunctioning controller.
Clogged Sprinkler Heads
Many clients call us for sprinkler repair because water no longer comes from the head. Most of the time, the issue will be a clogged filter. We will take apart the head, remove the filter, and clean everything out for you.
We may also recommend flushing the system to ensure that there are no further issues. If this does not work, we may recommend that you replace the sprinkler head.