The modernization of sprinklers today is amazing. We have moved from the old mechanical system to fully digital systems that will tell your sprinklers what time to turn on, how long to run, and when to turn off. However, how would you know when it’s time to replace your sprinklers?
You will usually know when a sprinkler needs to be replaced by the lawn or flora it is feeding, but examining the sprinkler can tell you if part of it needs to be replaced, or there is more involved. For example, sometimes it is just the sprinkler head that needs replacement. You will notice a cracked or broken casing, water that sprays in only one direction, or at times the head has popped off because it was set too high to begin with.
Sprinkler repair can involve heads that become clogged, especially if they have been in use for a long time, and replacing them may be an easier route then to try to unclog them. When a new head has been installed, the pattern will need to be reset, and this can be done with a screwdriver, or sometimes a special key that comes with the head. An expert will know exactly how many degrees the head needs to be turned to fine tune the area that the sprinkler head will be watering.
When looking over the sprinkler system, sometimes you will need to check if the piping around the sprinkler heads needs to be replaced. When sprinklers appear to be running low, it could be low water pressure, but it also might be that there are leaks in the pipes.
An expert will identify the area that is being affected by the leak, and dig down to find the cracked or broken pipes that can then be replaced. However, the entire pipe does not necessarily need to be replaced, as your repairperson can cut the damaged section out and refit it with new piping to replace the damaged section.
In addition, your repair person will double-check all the electrical fittings and wiring that run your system, to make sure that everything is running properly before assuming that all of the sprinklers need to be replaced. They can check out the various zones and make sure that each one is running as it should, based on the programming cycle of your sprinkler system.
Sometimes an entire sprinkler replacement will need to be done, and this will involve the pipes, the head of the sprinkler, and all the attachments connecting it to the entire zone it is placed in. Contact Miller Landscaping if you need sprinkler repair or new sprinkler installation.