Troubleshooting Common Sprinkler Errors

For the most part, your in ground irrigation system makes your life easier. Gone are the days where you have to wake up early in the morning to water your lawn, or monitor daily precipitation to make sure your lawn is getting the water that it needs at the right time and at the right amounts.

In ground irrigation systems with programmable timers and weather sensor technology take care of all the time consuming tasks that your busy lifestyle just can't accommodate.

But from time to time, your irrigation system may encounter small issues, and when this happens, it will be important for you to know how to identify these problems and find the right solution.

Our experienced team of irrigation professionals have put together a list of the most common sprinkler errors, and possible solutions for each. Next time your in ground irrigation system starts acting up, refer to this list to help you identify the problem and find the best solution, so your sprinkler system can get back to doing what it does best - making your life easier while giving you a lush and healthy lawn!

When a Rotor System Won't Rotate

If your rotor sprinkler system won't rotate, it could mean that there is not enough water pressure or your system is broken. To determine the problem, start by increasing the water pressure. If that doesn't solve the problem, replace the spray or the rotor, or better yet, call an irrigation system professional to investigate the problem further.

When there is a Gap in the Spray Pattern

Your sprinkler system operates within a spray pattern and when that pattern is disrupted, or there's a gap in the pattern, it could mean that there is debris stuck in the nozzle or sprinkler head. To remedy this error, try cleaning out the nozzle and sprinkler head.

When there is Flooding or Water Pooling

When your sprinkler system waters your lawn, it should provide nice, even coverage to the entire target area. If you are noticing flooding or water pooling, this could mean that you have a missing sprinkler nozzle or a cracked sprinkler head. To find the right solution to this problem, inspect the nozzles and sprinkler heads on your in ground irrigation system, and replace any damaged nozzles or heads.

When the Sprinkler Head Won't Pop Out

If a sprinkler head in one of your zones will not pop out correctly, this could mean that there is not enough water pressure to run that particular zone. It could also mean that the main system shut off valve is not fully open, or that the flow control on the zone valve is partially closed. To solve low water pressure, try splitting the zone into two or more smaller zones. If the main system shut off valve is not open all the way, open the system shut off valve by turning it counter clockwise. If the flow control valve is partially closed, open the valve by turning it clockwise.

Conduct Regular Checks

Your irrigation system can make your life much easier, but only if it is working correctly. The best way to ensure your system continues to work its best is to perform regular system checks - even when no problems currently exist. This will allow you to address any potential issues before they become a major problem. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Ask a Professional

When problems do pop up and cannot be easily identified or addressed, it's best to call a trusted professional. Our experienced professionals at Nutri-Lawn Ingound Sprinkler Systems Burlington can help identify any issues with your sprinkler system, find the right solution the first time around and get your system back in action quickly. Call us today to discuss any maintenance issues or to get a quote on installing a new sprinkler system for your home or business.