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Common Spring Sprinkler System Repairs: A Quick Checklist

Spring is finally here, and it is time to get your irrigation system up and running for summer. In the irrigation business, we call it “repairs season” as homeowners quickly find issues upon start-up or are reminded of ones they neglected to fix last year.

Winter can be very harsh on irrigation systems with the freeze and thaw cycle as well as snow removal bumps, burrowing animals, and other environmental factors. When spring arrives, it is vital to manage all your sprinkler repairs as early as possible, so you don’t waste water and money during the heat of the summer months.

There are several common lawn sprinkler problems you should be aware of. Use our handy checklist below, and if any of these items fit your system, call us for repair work right away.

Broken Sprinkler Heads

Signs & Symptoms

  • Sprinkler head fails to pop up
  • Water sprays unevenly or not at all
  • Water dribbles down the front of the sprinkler head creating a soggy area around it
  • Cracked plastic casing
  • Dead spots

Broken or Leaking Backflow Preventer

Signs & Symptoms

  • Water leaking at the site of the backflow preventer
  • Drains in the house are backed up, draining slowly, or filling with water from elsewhere.
  • Contaminated tap water
    • Bad taste
    • Sulfur smell
    • Discolored
    • Low flow or no flow
    • Sediment or particles in the water

Don't forget to have your backflow inspected each year for the health and wellness of your family.

Leaking Lawn Sprinkler Pipes

Signs & Symptoms

  • Soggy areas
  • Sprinkler head failing to pop up
  • Zones or heads with low water pressure

Controller or Wiring Issues

Signs & Symptoms

  • Controller won’t keep time or irrigation schedule
  • Controller won’t turn on
  • Can’t change schedule or time
  • Some zones are not firing

Failing Rain Sensor

Signs & Symptoms: Sprinkler system running in the rain or shortly after it has rained.

Not sure about how to go about checking these items off the list with certainty? We can help. We offer a free inspection so you can feel 100% sure your system is working at peak efficiency for the summer season. Call today to schedule.

We also highly recommend our summerization sprinkler system start-up service. This means we'll come out and inspect your system while also turning it on for the season. This combination irrigation maintenance visit is the best way to make sure you don't inadvertently exacerbate existing problems with your system.

Contact us today and learn more about our irrigation services.