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Here you will find some helpful diagnostics information for troubleshooting some issues you may be having with your Sprinkler System.

Let's start with the most common and most overlooked problem.


LEAKING HEADS:

Heads that leak excessive amounts of water down the body of the rotor and into the surrounding area of grass. If this occurs near the street or other hard surface area you will see the water collecting or running off. If this occurs in the middle of the yard, you may not notice such a condition. Thereby wasting your money.
It is HIGHLY recommended that you inspect all heads frequently for such conditions to avoid surprise and large water bills.

SOLUTION:* Replace the head. There is no repair for this condition. Simply dig carefully around the head in about a 12" radius from the head by first cutting the grass/sod with the shovel and removing that first. With plastic or landscaping material nearby, remove the soil and place on the plastic/material until the black tubing that connects to the bottom of the head is exposed. MUST DIG CAREFULLY AS TO NOT HIT THE PIPING NEAR THE HEAD. In order to do this you push gently the shovel into the soil and wiggling it as you go in. if you hit something dig around that item to determine if it is simply a rock or something moveable. finish removing the head and unscrew it from the base connector. Replace with new one of same size (brand isn't as important as size). Replace soil holding the head in the correct position keeping the top of it level with the soil and below the grass so the mower won't hit it. Replace the sod/grass.
You may run into many things when attempting a digging repair on a sprinkler system such as: cable tv lines, internet wires, phone wires, tree roots, rocks, debris, piping and if not careful about where you are digging, you could even see a gas line from the utility company. These are always color coded yellow.

NOTE: BE CAREFUL NOT TO CUT THE ROOTS OF THE SOD/GRASS. Be sure you leave about an inch of soil attached to the roots or you may damage the turf in doing so.

*Call us if you want us to handle these repairs for you.


LEANING or OUT OF ADJUSTMENT HEADS:

Another very common issue is the leaning spray/rotor head. On a very rare occasions this may be necessary to adjust the spray to the terrain. In most cases they should be in a vertical upright position.
It is recommended that you repair/adjust this situation at least once a year for all the heads on your system.

SOLUTION: Remove sod grass around the head for about 6" with plastic or material nearby, remove enough soil to adjust head upright. Replace soil on opposite side of head. Replace sod/grass.

NOTE: Be sure to leave plenty of soil on the roots when removing the sod/grass turf surrounding the head.


DAMAGED OR SPOTTY LAWN:

This condition can be a combination of issues. To determine if it is due to irregular or uneven watering you can do what is called the "Cup Test". Pictured above. Simply place the cups in rows evenly spaced apart at about 24-36" spacing depending on the area to be tested. Run one complete cycle for that zone/area on the irrigation system. Inspect the results by verifying either fairly even coverage by the cups having within 20% similar amounts of water in them after the cycle. Inspect water levels in each cup. These cups are sold at any local irrigation supply house such as "Ewing".

SOLUTION:
If some of them are dry or have very little water the place to start is by having a professional come to your location and determine the solution for better sprinkler coverage.


MISTING ROTORS:
Rotors are designed for distance spraying. That will vary depending on a variety of factors however, only in very rare cases should you ever see a rotor "misting" in order to cover the area specified. 98% of the time this is not a good situation. The problem with this is that a small set screw in the rotor head is separating the water stream as it exits the head & nozzle. What happens is much of the stream is knocked down and hits the area directly in front of the rotor and even has a lot of water running down the head itself. The rest of the water is oxidized and that causes the misting effect. Thereby releasing much of the water into the air. This is especially true when there is a breeze. less than 40% of the water coming from that nozzle is not being applied correctly.

SOLUTION:
Usually replacing the rotor with a smaller rotor will do the trick. This gets very tricky and probably should be handled by a professional. The problem with simply putting a smaller rotor is exactly what size is required to keep an equal precipitation rate for that specific zone. More on precipitation rate on the facts/contact us page in the navigation bar. But it is essential for not only for saving water but for proper watering that the precipitation rate remains within 5% of each area and head in that zone. The professional can calculate precipitation rates required and adjust anything that requires it accordingly.


CONTROL PANEL ISSUES: or as they are often referred to "Timers" can be complicated to the person unfamiliar with operating such.
The best thing for trouble shooting your specific controller issues is to determine the make and model of your controller (Timer) and go the manufacturers website to find their troubleshooting and operating manuals documents.
Each respective company has pdf manuals for operating and troubleshooting. It is recommended that you use Youtube. and search for a good tutorial on operating and troubleshooting your specific controller/timer. This way you get a visual instruction that is easier to follow than a written manual.
Still having trouble, call us. We can troubleshoot all your irrigation problems.

DO IT YOURSELF SYSTEM INSTALLATION:

If you are real handy and have the time and patience, you may be able to install your own system saving you half the cost or more of a professional.
Check out the Popular Mechanics article outlining this process at:
http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/lawn-garden/how-to/a724/3044261/