Tips for Irrigation Repair

Part of your landscape maintenance should be to keep your irrigation system in good working condition. Your irrigation system is important because it helps to keep your plants healthy while saving you time and money. After a long period of non-use or anytime you find that part of your irrigation system is broken, follow these tips for irrigation repair.

Test Each Zone

When it’s time to put your sprinkler system back on a normal routine, or you suspect that part of your system is damaged, you will want to test your system before you fully run it. To do this, you will want to test each of your sprinkler system’s zones. Set your sprinkler system zones to run for one or two minutes and walk through each zone as the water flows through the system.

Mark For Repair

During the test time, you might notice a few problems with your irrigation system. The best thing to do during the test is to mark each problem for repair. Problems that you might notice include:

● Sprinkler head spraying the wrong way

● Sprinkler head broken

● Sprinkler head not spraying

● Pooling water in your yard

● Zone not working

As you walk through the zones you will want to have a system so that you know which repairs need to be made and where. You can do this by taking a notepad with you and making notes, or using color-coded flags at the place of each problem. How you note the need for repair is up to you.

Gather Tools and Supplies

Once you have made your notes about the issues you are experiencing with your sprinkler system, it is time to gather the tools and supplies you need to make the repairs. Depending on the repairs needed, you might have to make a trip to your local hardware store.

Potential tools and supplies that you need for a broken sprinkler head include:

● Garden shovel or trowel

● Work gloves

● Sprinkler heads

● Pipe tape

● Pop-up sprinkler tool

Soften Ground

After you have all of the tools and supplies necessary to make your repairs it’s recommended that you soften the ground where the repair is going to be made. To do this, simply water the ground so you aren’t digging in hard dirt.

Remove the ground around the broken sprinkler head or suspected pipe. Be careful not to dig into any electrical lines or plumbing lines. Work slowly so that if you bump into something that you shouldn’t it doesn’t cause any damage. You will be able to make the repair when the area around the broken sprinkler head or broken pipe is exposed.

Repair & Test Your Work

Once you have removed the broken equipment and secured the new piece in place make sure to test your work by running your sprinkler system again. Do this for each area that you have to repair. Only after you have tested your work and are satisfied with the results should you fill in the area around where you made the repair.

Now that all of the repairs have been made across your entire irrigation system don’t forget to go back and program your settings to the day, time, and duration that you want your system to run.


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