Discussing Common Lawn Sprinkler Repairs
Maintaining your lawn's sprinkler system is important for keeping your landscape healthy and looking beautiful. You may have a great deal of hard work and money invested in your landscape. Check out some of the more common troubles you may be likely to encounter with your lawn sprinkler system and how you can avoid some of them.
Malfunctioning Sprinklers Heads
Of all the repairs you may have with your sprinkler system, head replacement will usually be one of the most common. One reason for this is because sprinklers heads are vulnerable to damage from external sources like lawn mowers and weed trimmers. If guests visit you and back their car around in your drive, they might also run over exposed heads if they go off the drive onto your lawn. In these cases, complete head replacement is necessary. However, you may also find your sprinkler heads becoming clogged, especially during the times you are mowing your lawn more often. Taking the time to inspect your sprinkler head for making sure they are not clogged from grass cuttings and other debris is important for them to properly function. Also, if you have a sprinkler head that does not turn off, you may have problems with a broken shutoff valve. Sometimes a small rock or other debris can cause shutoff valves to malfunction by blocking them and preventing their capability to properly turn on and off water the water supply.
Weeping Valves And Solenoid Troubles
When your sprinkler system has valve issues, you could end up with a higher water bills due to water dripping continuously. The electrical system that receives signals from the controller box contains a solenoid that provides the electrical charge necessary for valves to work. When a valve is blocked, it disrupts charging capabilities, causing charging to burn out the solenoid. If you find your system is experiencing a constant dripping issue, contacting a professional is best if you have no experience making electrical repairs.
Wired And Wireless Rain Sensors
Most sprinkler systems have sensors for detecting when it is raining for preventing your landscape being over-watered. Some systems have wired sensors while others have wireless sensors. The following are types of problems you may see in a wired sprinkler sensor:
- Take a look at your sensor's terminal jumper. If the terminal jumper has not been removed, the sensor will not function. Sometimes technicians forget to remove the terminal jumper, so taking a look after installation is a good idea.
- Check your sensor's location and if it is able to sense certain levels of rain before working. If it is located underneath the overhang on your house or there are big trees over it, your sensor may not be able to determine correct levels for turning off and on in a timely manner.
Some common issues you may experience with wireless sensors include:
- If your sensor's controller is not receiving a clear signal from its partnering sensor, your sprinkler system will fail to turn on and off correctly. If you find your system not turning off when it rains, be sure to check for anything obstructing the path for clear signaling. Moving your sensor to another location for ensuring signaling is never obstructed is good idea.
- Remember to always check the sensor battery before calling a professional to inspect your system for irregular or failed turn offs during rain.
For more information, contact Raintree Irrigation & Outdoor Systems or a similar company.