Tips for Repairing Your Sprinkler

When a sprinkler system fails to operate properly, there can be many causes. The water pressure can be too low, there can be a kink in the hose, the diaphragm might be worn down, one of the sprinkler valves could be blocked or defective, or the sprinkler head part of the system might be broken or blocked.

  1. Determine where the line is broken. This is usually done by locating the puddle of water in the lawn or simply the geyser that's now in the lawn.
  2. Shut off the sprinkler main. The main is typically located just under a spigot on the side of your home; some are by the front door. If you're unsure of what it looks like, it's best described as two pipes coming from the ground, one of which is coming into your home. The one that isn't going into the home is the sprinkler water main.
  3. The owner might have to excavate the area in question. Consumers need to make sure that they give themselves enough room to place their arms in the ground; they should dig deep enough to be just under the water pipe, and place one foot in both directions along the pipe.

Many times fixing a sprinkler system, especially one used on a commercial farm or a large community owned garden, can be cheaper than buying a whole new system. Once it has been determined that the sprinkler system is not functioning properly, then it makes a great deal of sense to for the owner to do careful inspection or for the consumer to call the company that installed the system. A faulty valve, a small laceration in the hose, a blocked valve, or even dirt particles can cause a sprinkler system to malfunction.