Sprinkler Repairs : The Scoop

How do I know if my sprinkler system needs repair?

There are several signs that indicate your sprinkler system may be in need of repair. 

  • Uneven watering: Some areas of your lawn receive too much water while others are left dry.
  • Puddles or pooling water: Indicates a leak or broken sprinkler head.
  • Low water pressure: Can be a sign of clogged nozzles or a damaged valve.
  • Sputtering water: Indicates air in the system or clogged nozzles.
  • Sprinkler heads not popping up: Indicates a problem with the head or the riser.
  • Broken or damaged sprinkler heads: Can lead to improper watering and water wastage.
  • Water spraying in the wrong direction: Indicates misaligned or damaged heads.
  • Unusual noises: Such as banging or hissing, which can indicate a variety of issues.
  • High water bills: Sudden increases in water usage can indicate a leak or inefficiency in the system.

If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to have your sprinkler system inspected and repaired by a professional to prevent further damage and ensure your lawn stays healthy.

Sprinkler system wiring repairHere is a list of common sprinkler system repairs:

  • Clogged nozzles: Dirt, debris, or mineral buildup can clog the nozzles, affecting water distribution.
  • Leaking pipes: Cracks, loose fittings, or damaged pipes can cause water to leak underground, leading to water wastage.
  • Broken sprinkler heads: Damage from lawnmowers, vehicles, or other factors can cause sprinkler heads to break or become misaligned.
  • Valve issues: Malfunctioning valves can result in insufficient water flow or zones not turning on or off properly.
  • Uneven watering: Improperly adjusted sprinkler heads or issues with water pressure can result in some areas receiving too much water while others are under-watered.
  • Low water pressure: Can be caused by clogged filters, valves not fully open, or issues with the water supply.
  • Wiring problems: Faulty wiring can prevent the controller from communicating with the valves, leading to improper watering schedules.
  • Overspray or runoff: Sprinklers that spray onto sidewalks, driveways, or other non-landscaped areas waste water and can cause damage.
  • Controller malfunctions: Issues with the controller, such as programming errors or electrical problems, can disrupt the watering schedule.

The cost of sprinkler system repair can vary depending on the extent of the damage and the parts needed, with repairs typically ranging from $75 to $250 on average. While some minor repairs can be done by homeowners, it is often recommended to hire a professional to ensure the job is done correctly and to avoid causing further damage.

How often should I have my sprinkler system inspected?

Having your sprinkler system inspected at key intervals throughout the year is crucial for ensuring it operates efficiently and effectively. One important time to schedule an inspection is in the spring when you first turn on your sprinklers after the winter season. This inspection can uncover any issues that may have arisen during the dormant months, such as frozen or damaged pipes, leaking valves, or malfunctioning heads. Addressing these issues early can prevent further damage and ensure your system is ready to keep your lawn and plants properly watered as the growing season begins.

Another critical time for a sprinkler system inspection is in mid-July, the hottest part of the season. During this time, your lawn and plants are under the most stress from the heat, making it essential that your sprinkler system is operating at its best. An inspection at this time can identify any problems such as clogged nozzles, uneven watering, or inadequate coverage that may be impacting the health of your landscape. By addressing these issues promptly, you can help keep your lawn looking its best throughout the summer months.

Finally, it’s advisable to have your sprinkler system inspected again at the time of blowout, typically in late fall. This inspection allows you to make note of any repairs or adjustments that may be needed before winter sets in. By staying proactive and addressing any issues that arise during these key inspection times, you can help ensure your sprinkler system continues to function efficiently and effectively, keeping your landscape healthy and vibrant year-round.

Do you offer maintenance plans for sprinkler systems?

Yes we do! Keep your sprinkler system in top shape with Omni Landscape’s expert maintenance programs. Our Sprinkler Service Contract includes three pre-scheduled, prepaid appointments for Sprinkler Turn On, Sprinkler Tune Up, and a Sprinkler Blowout. Enroll now and enjoy 15% off parts and labor for the entire season, ensuring your system stays efficient and effective.

Upgrade to our Sprinkler Plus Contract for even more benefits! In addition to the three maintenance appointments, you’ll also receive an aeration appointment in the spring to improve soil health and four season-specific fertilizer treatments for a lush, healthy lawn all year round. Don’t miss out on these valuable services – contact Omni Landscape today to enroll in a maintenance program tailored to your needs!


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