A sprinkler system is a great thing to have. It’s convenient and out of the way, but like many other fixtures around your home, it can start presenting problems. And a sprinkler system doesn’t have to be old to have issues. In fact, a newer but improperly installed system is just as susceptible to damage as one that’s been in the ground for a decade. So, whether due to damage or typical wear and tear, it’s crucial that you figure out what the problem is fast to avoid costly repairs and replacements—either case may warrant a professional inspection.
With that in mind, here are five signs you might need new automatic sprinkler installation in Burlington County, NJ:
- Squishy spots and crunchy patches: For your lawn to get full coverage, your sprinkler system must remain balanced. In other words, if the sprinkler heads are off-kilter, then your grassy yard is likely to show brown patches as well as heavily soaked spots. Problem with water flow or leaks in the system are also possible contributors to the problem.
- Possessed sprinkler heads: The sprinkler heads are the components that bring water from the piping to your lawn. So, when the heads seem to be sputtering in every direction other than where you want the water to go, there’s a chance the problem is with the valve or water pressure. Damage like cracks, chips and bends cause heads to shift the spray in the wrong direction, hindering sprinkler performance. A debris clog is another possibility for a seemingly possessed sprinkler system.
- Dripping control valves: Enough pressure is needed in order for water to make it all the way up to the sprinkler heads. This is the job of valves. But if the valves are not operating as they should—such as experiencing leaks or drips—then pressure will lack. Look for water puddles or damp areas around the pressure regulator and filters, as these are signs you need to get your automatic sprinkler system inspected.
- Water pressure problems: There are several reasons why you may have water pressure that is too high or too low. Low pressure doesn’t allow the system to properly water your yard, while high pressure can drown grass and wear out system components. Between natural occurrences—like the ground shifting and invasive tree roots—irrigation pipes can move around, even loosen or crack.
- Jaw-dropping water bills: Each of your water bills should be similar in cost or water usage. If you open up a bill that’s suddenly way above your household average—and you know your indoor water use has not changed—it’s time to investigate. Check all outdoor faucets and sprinkler system valves for leaks and drips, and keep an eye open on sprinkler water pressure. The problem could also be a leaky in-ground pipe, in which case you should consult a professional.
If you need repairs completed or require an inspection of your automatic sprinkler installation in Burlington County, NJ, feel free to contact the experts at Star Sprinkler Systems Inc. Our team of sprinkler geniuses is ready to help!