One of the most important parts of a sprinkler system is the valves. Since they affect all of the other parts of your system, it’s crucial that you make sure your valves remain in great shape. The good news is, this can be pretty easy – as long as you know what you’re doing.
One of the most common reasons valves are broken is because sprinkler systems aren’t properly winterized. As water freezes in the sprinkler system, it causes leaks and breaks. If you do make it through the winter months without any significant issues, and your system seems to be working properly come spring, it’s a good idea to use the tips here to avoid any valve issues.
Be Sure Your Lines are Clean
If the internal valves are obstructed by some type of object or debris, it can cause serious damage. You may think the only cause of this would be something like rocks, this isn’t always the case. In fact, something as small as sand grains or a seed can actually tear apart your system’s valve diaphragms. The best way to avoid this situation is by having the valves cleaned out – manually – every season.
If you don’t feel up to the challenge of doing this yourself, then it’s best to call the professionals. They will ensure your valves remain free from debris and blockages.
Avoid Solenoid Issues
The majority of issues with your sprinkler system’s valves take place because the connections from the solenoid and wiring aren’t properly sealed. This is going to let moisture in, resulting in shorts in the wiring. If a short occurs, the solenoid is going to die, and it has to be completely replaced.
House the Valves
Do you know where your valves are located? This is an important factor to consider. The valve housing is what protects them. If this housing isn’t present, then the system is going to suffer damage.
In most cases, it is in your best interest to protect your valves in some type of impact resistant box. This gives you peace of mind knowing your valves are protected and safe regardless of where the box is located. It’s a good idea to try and store this in a location that is free from debris or mud; however, make sure it’s easy to access in case repairs are ever needed.
If you begin having issues with your sprinkler system valves, or your system has stopped working altogether, then the best thing you can do is call the professionals. They can evaluate the problem and provide the needed repairs in a timely and efficient manner. To learn more about your sprinkler system valves, or to schedule repairs, contact the professionals at The IDL Company.