Sprinkler systems are an efficient and effective way to water your lawn and garden. While reliable, there are problems you will eventually need to address. These include sprinkler alignment problems, timing issues, root intrusions, and faulty rain sensors.
The Sprinkler Heads Can Develop Alignment Issues
Sprinkler heads can develop alignment issues due to impacts from lawnmowers and routine use. These alignment issues can impact the sprinklers' coverage of the yard. In addition to causing some areas to get too little water, others may be excessively irrigated. Correcting the alignment problems may only require manually adjusting the sprinkler head. In some cases, these alignment issues are due to damage to these components. When damage is the cause of the alignment problems, replacing sprinkler heads will be required.
Problems With The Sprinkler System's Timer
Sprinkler systems use a timing component to control how long they run before turning off. Unfortunately, the sprinkler system's timer can suffer failures. These failures can result in the sprinklers running too long or short. Often, these problems will develop gradually over weeks and months. For example, some find that the sprinklers increasingly run for longer or shorter periods. Once this issue becomes apparent, repairs should be scheduled to address this malfunction before it worsens.
Malfunctioning Rain Sensors
Rain sensors are commonly used in sprinkler systems to adjust the amount of water the system supplies to the soil. The rain sensors will stop the sprinklers from activating when it rains in your area. Unfortunately, malfunctions with the sensors could cause them to fail. If this occurs, they may activate despite recent or current rain. In addition to needlessly wasting water, this could flood your landscaping. Frequent and severe flooding may quickly degrade the health of your plants and erode the topsoil.
Root Intrusions Into The Sprinkler Pipes
Root intrusions are a common issue for underground sprinkler systems. This problem occurs when large roots from trees or bushes enter the sprinkler pipes. These roots can enter through the sprinkler heads, but they can also force their way through joints in the piping. In addition to clogging the sprinkler heads, this issue could let water leak into the surrounding soil. Repairing this problem will often require excavation. This can allow the repair technician to trim the roots away from the line and assess the damage caused to the pipe. The standard repair solution option is replacing the damaged pipe segment, but patching is also a solution.
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