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Common Sprinkler Problems and What to Do

August 7th, 2019

Sprinkler systems can save your lawn in a hot and dry summer, but if they aren’t working properly, your investment is going down the drain. If you’re having problems with your sprinkler, your local Senske team can help, but you may want to troubleshoot maintenance issues too. Here’s a closer look at some of the more common sprinkler system problems and what sprinkler repair might be needed to get it back up and working again so your lawn can look its best.

Diagnose Sprinkler Problems

If you turn on the sprinkler heads and nothing is happening, then it’s time to look a little closer to find the problem. Here are some of the more common problems we see with sprinklers, and how they can be repaired.

Clogged Sprinkler

When you run your irrigation, dirt and debris can get trapped in the nozzle. This can make the water stop altogether, or cause it to spray a shorter distance. This is a sprinkler repair you can tackle on your own.

First, pull the sprinkler up and secure the riser with a soft clamp. Turn off the water and unscrew the top of the sprinkler. Remove the filter from inside the sprinkler, and rinse it off. Replace it, and install the sprinkler back in place. Test the sprinkler to see if you removed the clog. If the clog is not fixed, a pipe may need to be repaired by a technician.

Leaky Sprinkler

If your irrigation system is leaking, you’re wasting water. This typically happens when something drives over the sprinkler head and damages it, but sometimes the seal inside the sprinkler will wear out.

If you have a leak and see no signs of damage to the sprinkler head, try screwing the cap on more tightly. If that does not fix the problem, consider replacing the seal. If these do not fix the problem or you see the leak in the sprinkler’s body, you will need to replace the entire sprinkler.

Overspray

Sprinkler systems use a lot of water, and you want that water to end up on your lawn, not your driveway or the road. Overspray typically occurs because you have positioned your sprinkler head in the wrong place. Move it to fix the problem.

Blocked Sprinkler Head

If something is in the way of a sprinkler head in your sprinkler system, water is wasted. Make sure no one moves a trash can in front of one of the sprinkler heads, and check regularly for plants or branches that block the flow of water. Keep these problems out of the way.

Trustworthy Sprinkler Repair for All Sprinkler Problems

While most sprinkler issues you can fix on your own, sometimes you will face a problem that needs the help of a professional. If you need your sprinkler system fixed, give your local Senske sprinkler technicians a call.