Sprinkler systems are an easy and efficient way to keep a lawn looking green and healthy. They take the guesswork out of manually watering grass, plants, and flowers. Any irrigation system, no matter where or how it is installed, will require some level of maintenance. To prevent a system from falling into disrepair, owners are advised to perform monthly check-ups. That means examining all the sprinkler heads or rotors and looking for clogs, kinks, or weak spray streams.
COMMON SIGNS OF FAULTY SPRINKLERS
While repairs often require professional help, owners can monitor their sprinkler systems to identify problems or signs of malfunction. Here are some of the most common issues owners notice.
- Patchy Lawn – A lawn with inconsistent growth or color can be caused by poor soil, bad fertilizer, or insufficient grass seed. Excluding that, you are probably looking at overlapping or uneven irrigation zones.
- Unresponsive Controller – An inoperable system can be traced to the controller. A technician needs to check if the terminals are attached, the fuse is not blown, and the wiring is not damaged.
- Irrigation System Leak – In case an external component is leaking due to wear and tear, you will need to replace it. Underground leaks are tougher to detect, but a clear sign of them is an expensive water bill.
- Pressure Imbalances – Usually, water pressure inconsistencies are cause by a galvanized underground pipe or a faulty pressure regulator. Both will reduce the range of the irrigation nozzles.
IRRIGATION SYSTEM REPAIR PROCESS
Assessment – Before the problem can be diagnosed and repaired, one of our licensed technicians must visit the property to assess the irrigation system. This involves performing a thorough inspection on the controller, valves, pipelines, and sprinkler heads.
- Estimate – Once the problem is discovered, we will provide you an estimate to fix the equipment. The quote will include the cost of labor, as well as the parts needed to make the repairs; it may also include optional add-ons or extra features selected during the assessment.
- Repair – Restoring the functionality of an irrigation system should only take a day, but it depends on the scope and nature of the job. Once complete, we will charge you a total that matches our estimate.
- Maintenance – Like most irrigation companies, we also offer preventive maintenance plans to protect your investment from future malfunctions. If needed, our technicians are available to periodically service your unit with tune-ups, winterizations, reactivations, and backflow testing.
SPRINKLER MAINTENANCE TIPS
Preserving an automatic sprinkler system in optimal condition guarantees years of efficient landscape irrigation. This can save you from excessive water bills or expensive equipment disrepairs associated with a lack of maintenance. If you are a DIY property owner, then implement the following upkeep tasks to prolong the utility of your irrigation unit:
- Adjust the pressure and watering patterns to avoid irrigation runoff, which is prohibited in most States.
- Regularly wash the nozzles and screen filters to unclog sputtering sprinkler heads.
- Extract all debris found within the distribution lines and threaded risers by flushing the unit.
- Perform routine inspection and search for leaking external parts or broken underground pipes.
- Before the winter season, drain the water that is inside the equipment with an air compressor.
- Schedule annual system audits, spring reactivations, and fall sprinkler tune-ups.
- Ask a licensed technician to evaluate the backflow preventer connected to the potable water supply.
As a preferred local company in the Salt Lake area, we service both residential and commercial properties. Our technicians can handle a multitude of tasks and offer quality irrigation solutions. We have an intricate understanding of how spray sprinkler systems and drip irrigation units operate. Contact us today to schedule an on-site assessment with a professional.