When it comes to ensuring that your irrigation system is functioning properly, more often than not, it’s worth your while to call in the sprinkler repair experts. Achieving good quality summer lawn care and maximizing your water conservation requires that your sprinkler system issues be ironed out.
Here is some guidance on how to troubleshoot some of the more common irrigation system issues in Austin, how to know if there’s a problem, and whether you should call in the pros to resolve it.
One of the easiest ways to determine if you have a problem with your sprinkler system is when you start noticing that some areas of your lawn or yard are receiving more water than other areas. When this happens, you’ll notice uneven growth. Areas that receive adequate water would will be green and lush, with grass growing thick, while other areas might look dry and parched.
There are several possible causes for this. One of the more common causes is clogged nozzles or emitters. There could also be misaligned or broken sprinkler heads that need fixing, or there could be a problem with your water pressure that needs to be looked at. To solve these problems, one could clean the clogged nozzles and replace any damaged ones that are found.
To fix misaligned sprinkler heads, the direction and angle should be adjusted. Finally, you can ensure consistent water pressure by adjusting the system’s pressure regulator or hiring a professional to come in and identify and resolve your water pressure issues.
Very Low Water Pressure
When you notice that your sprinklers or your drip emitters are not providing adequate water coverage, there’s a good chance that this could be a water pressure problem.
It’s possible that partially closed valves are to blame for the low water pressure. If this has occurred, the solution would be to check and open them if possible. If you are not sure how to check and open partially closed valves, particularly if you have a very large system, then it is best to call in a professional who can assess the situation for you.
Another problem with water pressure might be attributed to blockages in the pipes or the filters. They should be inspected and cleaned on a regular basis to avoid this problem. Any screens or filters that have become damaged might need to be replaced. The same goes for pipes.
Lastly, low water pressure could also result from the main water supply being compromised. If this is the case, you might need to consult the local water supplier to ensure that there aren’t any issues on their end. It might be a result of water restrictions being enacted or perhaps a burst pipe somewhere in the system.
If you cannot find the source of low pressure on your property, then you can deduce that it is most likely a problem with the water supply.
Very High Water Pressure
When the water pressure is excessively high, damage can be caused to the sprinkler components, resulting in misting or, in other cases, overwatering.
Possible causes of high water pressure include a faulty pressure regulator. To solve this, you should adjust or replace the pressure regulator. This can help you maintain appropriate water pressure.
Another common issue is a leak at a connection or pipe, more on this in the next section.
Like with low water pressure, if the problem is not coming from your equipment on your property, then there is a likelihood that the high water pressure is a problem with the water supplier. If this is the case, then you should install pressure-reducing valves that can manage and mitigate any intense water pressure fluctuations to protect your components and your landscape.
Leaks are a common problem in sprinkler systems. If you notice that there is water pooling around sprinkler heads or next to valves or pipes, it could indicate that there is a leak in the system. Leaks are important to fix because they not only cause a reduction in water pressure but also lead to a significant amount of lost water, which can be expensive, not to mention wasteful.
Some of the possible causes of leaks could include damaged sprinkler heads, cracked pipes, or potentially broken valves. Loose connections can also be the cause of water leaks. However, most water leaks tend to result from wear and tear over time on sprinkler systems that have not been adequately maintained.
To solve leaks, the first step is to find where they’re coming from. This would include inspecting the system for visible leaks and tracing them back to their source. Once this is found, the damaged components must be replaced. Any loose connections that are found need to be tightened up and resealed or, if needed, replaced entirely with more functional joints.
To avoid leaks in the future, routine maintenance should be carried out on the sprinkler system to help offset wear and tear and identify potential weak points early on.
Overlapping Sprinkler Coverage
Overlapping sprinkler coverage is a problem because it leads to wasted water and potential waterlogging. This problem occurs when sprinkler heads are angled in such a way that they both cover the same area, resulting in double watering.
Usually, this is simply caused by incorrect sprinkler head placement, or the sprinkler heads being knocked out of position. Misaligned nozzles could also be the cause. The solution for this is simple, as it requires the adjustment of the sprinkler heads’ positioning to eliminate any overlapping coverage and the alignment of nozzles to avoid overspraying.
Generally, this kind of adjustment can be done yourself. In situations with many sprinkler heads and a large landscape, it might be best that professionals adjust the heads to ensure the most economical and effective coverage of the landscape.
Dripping & Sputtering
Sprinklers should operate with a smooth hum. However, if you notice that any of your sprinkler heads are dripping excessively or sputtering, particularly when the system has been turned off, then you might have a problem with pressure being trapped in the pipes or debris blocking the valves.
You could have check valves installed to help prevent pressure from building up in the pipes, which could eliminate dripping. You should also clean or replace any valves that may be clogged and causing the problem.
For expert sprinkler repair in Austin, contact us at South Austin Irrigation today. We can help ensure that your sprinkler system operates optimally so that you get the best summer lawn care possible with maximum water conservation. Whether you need a sprinkler valve repair or sprinkler head replacement, give us a call!