During the summer, your sprinklers are running constantly to keep your lawn looking pristine. But what happens when something goes wrong? Believe it or not, sprinkler problems are incredibly common this time of year. Here are a few typical issues you might encounter:
- Clogged sprinkler head: When you mow your lawn or perform other yard maintenance, grass, dirt and debris can clog your sprinkler head, resulting in lower water pressure and decreased efficiency. Depending on what sprinkler system you use, you should be able to easily remove the filter and flush it with water until the debris has cleared.
- Damaged sprinkler head: A cracked or broken sprinkler head will leave water pooling around the sprinkler and run up your water bill. Replace the sprinkler head as soon as possible to avoid downtime.
- Inconsistent water pressure: Your sprinkler system is connected to your main water line, and the main line dictates your sprinkler’s water pressure. If the water pressure is too high or low, it won’t cover your entire lawn. The optimal water pressure for sprinkler systems is 30-50 PSI.
- Ineffective sprinkler height: Like water pressure, the height of your sprinkler heads can affect your lawn’s water coverage. If your sprinkler heads are too high, areas of your lawn won’t get the water they need. Likewise, low sprinkler heads will cause certain areas to be overwatered.
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