Lawn Sprinkler System Repair

You had an irrigation system installed so that your lawn and garden would look good and you would not have to lift a finger.  While most of your yard does, you there are a few spots of brown grass and dying greenery.  You may have noticed that some of the heads are not coming up or spraying and some that spray wildly when they do pop up.  It may also be that the heads come up, but do not spray enough water.  These are all indications that you need lawn sprinkler system repair.

The two most common problems associated with irrigation system installation are having sprinkler heads that do not work and low water pressure.  To determine if either of these issues is affecting your sprinkler, you need to go out in the yard and inspect the heads.  If they are cracked or missing, then you know that they need to be replaced and may have been set too high thereby causing someone to run over them either with a car or the lawnmower.

If replacing the head does not solve the issue, then the mechanism may need to be cleaned out because it is clogged.  If this is the case, you will see the heads come up and go down, but no water will come out.  If water does come out, it will do so unevenly.  You will, therefore, need to dig up the heads and take them apart.  Remove the basket and rinse the entire thing with water until all of the dirt has been removed.

If low water pressure is causing lawn trouble, then very little water will come out if the heads pop up, at all.  The first thing you should check is whether or not the backflow is fully open.  If the backflow is open, and the water still is not coming out of the heads, then it is time to go looking for leaks.  The best way to do so is to determine which heads are not working to their full capacity.  You will then find that the problem is between the last working head and the first nonworking head.

You should also look for signs of leaking water by looking for water that bubbles up from the soil when the sprinklers are running.  You also may notice a depression in the ground or a very wet area in your yard. If you come across running water, you should follow it to the highest point in order to find where it is coming from.  Once you find the source of the problem, you can repair it.

If the above-mentioned repairs do not fix the problem, then it may be electrical in nature.  You will need to check to ensure that the voltage control is working, as well as the fuses and the transformers.  If the problems persist, it may be time to call out a lawn sprinkler system repair specialist to come out and assess your system in order to determine the problem and the best way to fix it.


How to Choose a Lawn Sprinkler Repair Specialist

With the best of intentions may homeowners try various improvement projects without the proper knowledge of the best way to do so.  One such venture is irrigation system installation.  While you may have been successful installing the bathroom faucet or even a fan in your bedroom, putting in a sprinkler requires both plumbing knowledge, as well as electrical know how.  It is also labor intensive.

If the system is not put in properly, then it could lead to the need for a lawn sprinkler repair specialist and the money you thought you saved by doing the job yourself will be spent having it fixed.  If this is the predicament you find yourself in, or if you recently moved to a new home that has an irrigation system that needs servicing and you have no idea what it wrong or how to fix it, then it is best to hire a professional.

When doing so, in order to protect yourself and so that you know you hired the right person for the job there are a number of steps you can take.  First and foremost, ask for referrals from family and friends.  Get the names of the people they use.  Another great referral source is social media.  Ask a local group for recommendations.

Regardless of where you get the names from, be sure to research them both by going to their company website, as well as perusing their social media presence.  You want to see what other customers say about them and some average pricing information.  You also need to find out how long they have been in business, how much experience they have, and if they have the proper credentials.  It is best to hire a company that is licensed, bonded and insured.  The business website will also allow you to find out what, if any, additional certification the company and/or its employees have acquired.

The lawn sprinkler repair specialist should come out to your home before giving you an estimate on the work.  It should not be done over the phone because he or she needs to see what, exactly, the problem is and what work will be needed to fix it.  The repair person should also be able to ensure that the sprinkler system you have gives you 100% coverage for both your lawn and the flowers that are planted in your yard.

You should also be able to ask them to ensure that the zoning is correct on the system and that all government requirements have been met by the system.  Furthermore, he or she should offer you some water saving technologies to improve the efficiency of your irrigation system.

Finally, if you have trees in your yard, be sure that the contractor you hire will make sure that when the work is done, it does not slice through the critical root zone of desirable trees.  This could ultimately kill the tree.  Either you or the contractor should contact the local utilities so that they can identify where pipes and wires are buried so they are not disturbed, either.