Why isn’t my sprinkler system working?

It can be frustrating when your sprinkler system goes down or isn’t working as well as it should be. We’ve put together a list of some of the most common issues that can arise with your sprinkler system and how to troubleshoot them. Feel overwhelmed at the prospect of a DIY fix? Give us a call and we’ll take care of your irrigation system maintenance for you.

Sprinkler heads not working or spraying

  • Sometimes your sprinkler heads just need a good cleaning because they can become clogged with dirt. To resolve this issue, you will need to dig down to the riser and remove the sprinkler head for cleaning.
  • Identify the broken sprinkler head by looking for one that has a cracked plastic casing or whose top is broken off completely. You’ll also be able to see which one is broken by observing it to see how it sprays. Replace the sprinkler head by turning off the system, digging down to the riser and replacing the head by unscrewing it.

Low water pressure

  • If this problem is affecting the entire system, odds are that the shut off valve has been turned down. Find the main water valve to the sprinkler system and turn it counter clockwise until it stops.
  • If the above doesn’t solve your problem, there could be a leak in your water line or be the result of a damaged pipe.

Zones aren’t working

  • This is likely an electrical issue and you might need to replace your controller. If you suspect your zone isn’t working properly, we recommend calling in the experts for solving this type of problem.

System is using too much water

  • When it comes to your irrigation system, the last thing you want is for it to use too much water. To address this, check your watering program and schedule in your controller to make sure it was set up properly and that no one has readjusted it.
  • If you notice wet spots on your grass where water is collecting, it could be caused by a broken or damaged sprinkler head.

Ready to get that irrigation system back up and running so your lawn can be in peak condition? We hope this blog has been a helpful troubleshooting guide but please keep in mind that often the best course of action is to call in the experts to help fix the issue.

Call us today if you’d like us to help fix your sprinkler system – even if we didn’t install it we can still perform maintenance on it. 

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It is not very often that you can speak so highly of a company that always exceeds your own expectations. But with Rainforest Sprinklers & Lighting it is so easy to recommend them and to be able to count on them. We have used them for both personal and business properties and will continue to use them.

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