I have the worst luck when it comes to sprinkler systems. I have had every problem you can imagine occur. I have a Rainbird sprinkler system that is quite old in all fairness. It close to twelve years old. When it works, it functions great. However, when it’s that time to break down again, it can be problematic. I spent several thousand on getting it installed, so I am trying to avoid buying a new one. I have had any problem you can imagine from leaky pipes, clogged sprinkler heads, soggy spots, sick sprinkler heads, broken sprinkler controller, and few sprinkler heads replaced. Most of those problems I mention occur naturally with time and age of my system. Lately, it seems to be more of a regular occurrence. The sprinkler controller was replaced. The sprinkler heads were cleared of obstruction or replaced. The leaking sprinkler piping was fixed. Currently, the new problem is when I run my sprinkler system, all zones work except one zone. It seems to bypass the entire zone, whether I am in manual mode or running the system all the way through.
I called and asked a sprinkler company if they think I needed a sprinkler system repair or if he could troubleshoot with me over the phone. He mentioned sometimes the inactive zone is due to a lack of voltage to the terminals that send electricity to the zone. So it may not be getting enough juice. He said if this was the problem I may be looking at getting a new controller altogether. I told him I had the controller recently replaced and perhaps that wasn’t the problem. He had me look to ensure the controller wires weren’t loose or disconnected. Of course, that wasn’t the problem, so he continued to troubleshoot with me some more. He told me to check the solenoid on the valve. He said sometimes that can be faulty and may need to be replaced if it wasn’t the controller. I didn’t know what a solenoid was and actually still don’t. He described it to me so I could locate it. That wasn’t the problem.
Lastly, he had me assess the valve to see if it was the problem. He asked me to take it apart and clean the diaphragm. I did as he had asked pulling the little guy apart and cleaning. I reassembled it. Then he asked me to turn off and on the sprinkler system. He said to run the sprinkler system completely through. I ran from zone to zone. It actually fixed my problem! I am so grateful! This sprinkler company is so amazing to spend so much time with me on the phone to find the problem. I didn’t want to take any more time off from work. This guy walked me through step by step on how he would have assessed a non-working sprinkler zone. Now I know what to do next time. Clean the sprinkler valve!
Having a lush and beautiful lawn is every homeowner’s dream. The green grass ultimately becomes a stunning sight that relieves all your worries away. One of the best benefits of having a stunning lawn is basically the fact that it enhances the value of your property so if you’re thinking about putting your property in the market one day, you’ll definitely get higher price offers. An automated sprinkler system can help you achieve your dream lawn. However, while a well-maintained sprinkler system can last for years, some issues may arise at some point and you need to be on the lookout for these four signs.
1. Your water bills are unusually increasing.
Probably one of the most alarming signs which you need to take note of is a sudden increase in your water bills. Damaged sprinkler heads, broken valves, leaks – or just about anything that could keep your sprinkler system from functioning well – may cause water to over-spray. If you continuously forget to have it checked, you’ll end up losing more money than you can imagine. The key here is to immediately have your sprinkler system checked for possible repairs once you see a hasty surge on your monthly water bill.
2. Your system valves are acting up.
Has your lawn become weirdly dry? Or are some portions flooded? Yep, something is certainly wrong with the system which calls for a sprinkler system repair fast! Most of the time, the main cause of the problem is broken or malfunctioning valves. Water goes through the valves and out of the sprinkler heads. When something goes wrong, it’s either the water won’t come through or it would leak in one area of the lawn only.
3. You’ve noticed the grass dying.
Another cause for alarm is when you notice brown grass patches within your lawn area. Dry grass obviously means that it has not been watered for quite some time. The main cause? A malfunctioning sprinkler system. Deal with this by checking for some leaks or broken sprinkler heads. You might also need to verify if the water pressure is still good to provide enough water for your lawn. A thorough inspection will help you determine what needs to be fixed.
4. Your sprinkler heads are leaking.
A complete shut-off of the sprinkler means that no water should drip from the sprinkler heads anymore. If the water’s still dripping despite the system being shut off, then there’s a huge problem with the heads. Broken sprinkler heads can lead to water inefficiency and higher water bills in the end. You can prevent this by checking the sprinkler heads regularly to make sure that it’s still intact.
It’s normal for sprinkler systems to malfunction at some point, especially when it’s been used for a long period of time. Regular maintenance, though, can help you verify if there are damaged parts that need to be repaired. Remember that replacing the entire sprinkler system is a very costly job and you can avoid that, not now, anyway, by habitually checking out your sprinkler system.