Malfunctioning irrigation systems don’t typically take very much know-how to fix. In many cases, the issues related to a lawn sprinklers are considered “easy-fixes.” The first step to repairing an issue is to identify the underlying cause. Once the cause is determined, it should be isolated and dealt with the right way.

Sprinkler systems are not extremely complex; however, troubleshooting these systems require an understanding of how all the components of the system work together. Some helpful tips to get you started with troubleshooting your sprinkler system can be found here.

Broken Main Line

If this occurs, water needs to be turned off at the back-flow. If the back-flow cannot be marked, then the water can be turned off at the mains in your basement. In some cases, fixing this type of leak can require the help of a professional, simply because the entire pipe or another component may have to be replaced.

A Zone that Remains On

In some cases, switching the controller dial to “rain off” or similar setting will fix the issue. If this does not work, unplug the controller. If the Zone remains on, then the water will have to be shut off at the main water control or at the back-flow.

The System Won’t Come On

After by-passing the rain sensor, you can try to manually turn it on at the operating station. If this works, it means the sensor was activated because of a recent rainfall. If it doesn’t work, be sure that the water was not turned off. If the water is on, you will need to check for blockages in the filters and clean them out.

A Controller that isn’t Working Properly

Look at the mains for any circuit breaker or GFI that may have tripped. If this does not fix the problem, it will likely be a good idea to call in the professionals for help.

Controllers that Shut on their Own

This will require you to unplug the battery after you have unplugged the controller. Try to reconnect the power to see if the display is working. If not, it is time to call in the professionals.

Clogged Sprinkle Nozzle

This is a fairly common issue because dirt and other debris can get stuck in the nozzles. This can result in uneven spray patterns. It is a good idea to have the nozzle professionally cleaned to make sure the issue is resolved.

Insufficient Water Pressure

If a sprinkler system does not seem to be spraying as much as it once was, it may be due to an accumulation of sediment in the filter. You can turn the water off, take the filter body apart and clean it well to remedy this issue.

There are a number of issues that may arise with a lawn sprinkler system. Taking some time to learn how to fix these issues can save you time and money. However, if you are unsure of what to do, or if the troubleshooting tips here don’t work, be sure to call the professional technicians at the IDL Company for help.