If you enjoy a round of golf, watching a game of football at the local high school or picnicking on the lush grass of a public park, then chances are you’re enjoying the fruits of a good sprinkler system.
If you’re the owner of one of these sprinkler systems—or are a homeowner with a similar but less elaborate system installed for your own lawn––you know how important a role it plays in keeping your grass healthy throughout the year.
Here’s a closer look at some of the most common issues with irrigation systems in Burlington County, NJ and how to fix them.
The causes of pooling water
If you notice pooling water in your yard, it’s probably one of two main issues. Most likely it’s damage to the pipes of the irrigation system. It’s common for pipes to get crushed during the winter when they’re below snow and cannot be seen directly. If pipe damage is small and localized, this may be something you can fix on your own. However, if you see extensive pooling, you probably need to call a professional.
The second most likely cause with pooling is an issue with your drainage system. Again, this is easier to diagnose than to fix. You can find where the issue is, but fixing everything to the most precise extent likely requires a professional.
The causes of patchy grass
If your grass is growing unevenly––green and beautiful in some places, brown and sparse in others––this is symptomatic of issues with some of your sprinkler heads. It’s common for sprinkler heads to crack and clog during the winter months, and until this is fixed, this can cause uneven sprinkler coverage of your lawn. If replacing filters and sprinkler heads on your own does not fix the problem, it’s time to call in a professional.
If you’ve fixed the issue and it keeps coming back, consider common “invisible” problems
If you continually fix problems with your sprinkler system only to encounter additional issues, you could have an “invisible problem” on your hands. The most common invisible problem is skipping on regular maintenance. When you wait for a problem to arise before you begin checking and updating parts of your irrigation system in Burlington County, NJ, you’ve waited too long. It’s important to stay ahead of the curve, checking all parts of your system at least twice a year.
Another common invisible problem is mineral deposits in your line and sprinkler heads. This might present itself in the same way other problems do—patchy grass and pooling water—but you’ll find the problems come back even when you fix them. The minerals are totally invisible to the human eye, and you don’t realize the lines are clogging until they clog. If you’re running into this issue, the best solution is to install a water filtration and treatment system to your irrigation system.
Get help with your sprinkler system in Burlington County, NJ
To fix your damaged sprinkler system so it works even better than before, simply give us a call at Star Sprinkler Systems Inc. We service residential, commercial and public sprinkler systems, putting our nearly 40 years of expertise to work to keep Burlington’s lawns beautiful and green.