Sprinkler Service & Irrigation FAQs
Navigating the intricacies of your sprinkler system can be quite daunting, especially if it's been a significant amount of time since its initial installation. Technology and best practices in irrigation continue to evolve, and keeping up with the latest updates is essential for maintaining a vibrant and healthy lawn and garden.
That's why we're here to assist you. At Conserva Irrigation of Hampton Roads, we understand that homeowners and property managers often have numerous questions and concerns about their sprinkler systems. These systems are crucial for the well-being of your landscape, and we're dedicated to ensuring that you have all the information and knowledge you need to make the right decisions.
Why does my sprinkler system run when it's raining?
In many cases, sprinkler systems run in the rain due to either the absence of a rain sensor or insufficient maintenance on existing ones. If your sensor is over five years old, it's a good idea to replace it. If you lack a sensor, reach out to our lawn irrigation experts for assistance.
Why does my sprinkler system continually run?
Continuous running typically results from either human programming errors or malfunctioning zone valves. Accidental multiple start times often confuse the system, causing it to restart repeatedly. Faulty valves can allow water to flow continuously, and we recommend flushing or replacing them. Installing a master valve can also limit the time the failed valve waters.
Why does my street or driveway get wet?
Overwatering your street or driveway is not only wasteful but can also damage asphalt or concrete. Rotor and spray heads may shift over time due to freeze/thaw cycles. Adjust them using a key, or replace them if they are damaged or unadjustable. If needed, Conserva Irrigation can help adjust or replace sprinkler heads.
Why do I have dry or brown spots in my yard?
Dry or brown spots may indicate the need for sprinkler head adjustments or clogged heads. Our team has the necessary tools to optimize your system's performance and maintain your lush lawn.
Why do I have a soft or wet spot in my yard?
A soft or wet yard spot often signals a system leak, which could be a leaking lateral (zone) line, a damaged main line, or a leaking/damaged head. Contact your professional service provider for a diagnosis and repair before significant landscape damage occurs. Conserva Irrigation can assist in resolving issues with damaged sprinkler heads.
How do I program my controller?
Controller programming varies by type. Consult the manufacturer's manual or find downloadable PDF versions online if available. Our team at Conserva Irrigation of Hampton Roads is trained to program most controllers and can provide guidance. Consider upgrading to a Smart Controller for improved efficiency and user-friendliness.
What's the best time to water my grass?
The ideal watering time depends on various factors, including evaporation rate, temperature, wind, humidity, lawn diseases, municipal regulations, and more. Early morning (between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.) when winds are calm is often recommended to prevent water loss through evaporation and benefit from dew moisture, reducing water use and preventing lawn disease.
How much water does my grass need each week?
A general guideline is to provide your lawn with 1 to 1.5 inches of water weekly through fewer, longer soakings, encouraging deeper root growth. Use catch cans to determine the appropriate sprinkler run times for your specific lawn irrigation system.