The sprinkler system is very important when it comes to keeping plants and lawns fresh. However, we are talking about an exterior system. This automatically means it is subjected to stresses, like water pressure, temperature fluctuations, burrowing animals, and tree roots. And we should know that any automatic sprinkler has sensitive electronics that will eventually fail. We even have to be aware of how likely it is to see hoses or valves break or crack.
Right after sprinkler installation, you need to start a maintenance routine to prevent the system from breaking down. Here are some very simple repair tips you should be aware of.
Replacing Sprinkler Valves
When sprinkler heads do not turn on or do not pop up, it is possible that valves are not the fault and the problem is deeper down the line. Valves will close and open in order to send water. If the valve is faulty though, the entire system is affected.
In order to replace a valve, you need to cut PVC pipes. The process requires some knowledge. Also, with automatic systems, replacing the valve can be more complicated.
Replacing Solenoid To Fix Faulty Valves
When the sprinkler valve does not turn on because of problems with supply, it is possible that the solenoid is the problem. This is practically like a door within your valve. Its purpose is to open and close very fast.
At first glance, it does look like replacing the solenoid is complicated. In reality though, it is very simple and the replacement is inexpensive. You can find solenoids online, in hardware stores, and even in home centers.
Winterizing Sprinkler Systems
Because you do not need the system during wetter, cooler months, you should shut down the sprinklers during winter. However, this should only be done through a proper winterizing.
Make sure the timer is not left pressurized. The timer should be removed and stored in a dry, warm, and clean location. Always drain the entire water from the system so you do not have to deal with freezing and use the blow-out port to remove all the remaining water.
Look For Sprinkler Line Breaks
Sometimes, breaks exist in your in-ground line. Such a repair is not that easy. You surely do not want to remove the entire buried line. This means you have to pinpoint the break point’s exact location for the fix to happen. Looking for the leak is all about finding circumstantial clues, like:
- Pooled water not close to the sprinkler head. This shows that water comes from the ground.
- In some cases, the grass is damp and not soaked. You want to run sprinkled during the night. Do it for around one hour and then, during the day, see if water evaporated. Use your palm to feel the grass close to suspected areas to see if dampness exists.
- Visual readings can also work. Find high grass areas or areas with greener grass. Such things might mean that in those areas there is more water present. This happens because the grass simply receives more nutrients.