Sprinkler Problems?

Sprinklers are a constant issue with both businesses and homeowners.  Here’s a list of common problems that occur with sprinkler systems:

  1. Sprinkler stops working and you don’t know why.
  2. Water keeps running, even when system is turned off.
  3. One of your sprinkler heads is spewing water all over the place.
  4. The power isn’t working to the control box anymore.
  5. How do I winterize my sprinkler?

The list can go on, but those are the problems we run across more frequently.

People that own homes and businesses shouldn’t have to be professional irrigation specialists to understand what their sprinkler system.  To be honest, most people don’t have the time or interest to understand them.  They just want them fixed, and that’s where we can definitely help!

Here’s a problem that occurred with a client recently.  She reported that water was constantly running when the system was shut off and an erratic display at her control panel.

Unfortunately, it’s really difficult to take photos when dealing with water, so there’s not too many photos of this job.  We found three problems, though…

Finding the “zones” for a sprinkler system can be a little frustrating. Luckily we have the tools to do so.
We found this mangled diaphragm on the customer’s “Zone 2.” After fixing this, that particular zone was operating perfectly.


So, even after this repair the customer’s yard was still getting saturated with water.


So, we traced out the “Foundational Zone,” which was Zone 1, and found this (above).  The wire somehow separated itself from the connector it was tied to.  This leaves the zone’s circuit open, so that water freely passes through the valve controlling it.  After simply using another connector (waterproof), the zone works flawlessly now.

The third problem we had was an erratic display.  After troubleshooting it for awhile, we noticed that when we threw the unit in bypass, the display worked perfectly.  The problem was the rain sensor.  We corrected the short that we found, and it now works great!

The customer is very happy with this fix!  She paid a lot to get the system completely overhauled by an irrigation company, just months ago.

While we were there, we went ahead and winterized her unit.  Since the frost line in the Houston area is only 5″, it was a quick, 20-30 minute job.  You simply shut off the water at the back-flow valve, turn the petcocks to drain the valve, and ensure that the unit is covered/insulated for the cold snaps that we have in our area.  There is no need to blow the lines out with air, so we ran the individual zones to ensure the sprinkler heads were clear of water, as well.

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