Sprinkler Repair and Maintenance

If your landscape has a sprinkler system, you realize the benefits to your landscape when it’s working properly and the disadvantages when it’s not. To keep a healthy, green lawn, it’s important to to make sure your sprinkler system is doing its job.

Sprinkler systems require periodic repairs and maintenance for effective irrigation. Even with regular maintenance, breaks and leaks can occur. If you’re handy, you may be able to fix leaky sprinkler heads, but it’s best to hire a professional through local leads for contractors to repair broken pipes.

Common Sprinkler Repairs

* Sprinkler Heads – Sprinkler heads have a lot of small moving parts, so they need to be checked and cleaned periodically. Sediment often clogs water flow, and the heads often get cracked or broken by lawnmowers and heavy foot traffic.

* Valve Leaks – Leaky valves will need to be replaced for proper sprinkler operation. Since valves often connect to both water and electricity, this repair should be done by a licensed contractor who knows proper safety measures.

* Broken Pipes – Since broken pipes require digging and special tools for repairs, it’s best to hire a professional contractor. If repairs aren’t done correctly, pipes can continue to leak underground, and even small leaks can significantly increase your water bills.

Broken pipes require special attention to make sure that soil doesn’t get into the sprinkler system. A professional contractor will know how to flush the system to prevent problems and make sure leaks are fixed before pipes are covered up again with dirt.

Seasonal Care and Maintenance

Spring is the perfect time to check your sprinkler system and do any necessary repairs. After turning on the sprinklers, check the spray pattern of all the heads and make sure there is complete coverage without runoff. Check for leaks and damaged sprinkler heads that need to be repaired or replaced. After you run your sprinklers for a few days, look for soggy areas in the yard that may signal leaks below the ground.

During winter, it’s important to do another sprinkler system checkup. If you live in a mild climate, you may not need to make any changes. If your sprinklers are on an automatic timer, you may need to turn off the automatic timer when winter rains begin. If you live in a cold climate, you’ll need to prevent your sprinkler pipes from freezing. A hard freeze can damage to sprinkler pipes, valves and heads.

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