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3 Common Reasons Your Sprinklers Aren’t Working June 24, 2019

Antelope Park, Lincoln
3 Common Reasons Your Sprinklers Aren’t Working, Lincoln, Nebraska

Sprinklers keep your lawn fresh, green, and healthy—increasing the curb appeal of your home while freeing up the time you would otherwise spend watering it yourself. However, as useful as they are, they are exposed to the elements, which can damage the system. If yours aren’t working as they are supposed to, the following guide looks at possible causes.

Why Are Your Sprinklers Malfunctioning?

1. Pipes

Sprinklers rely on an underground network of PVC pipes to draw water from. If you’re experiencing low water pressure or no water flow at all, it’s possible your PVC pipes are damaged somewhere. Tree roots can puncture them or they can corrode over time. Driving heavy machinery over sprinkler system piping too close to the surface can crush them, too.

2. Heads

sprinklersEach section of sprinkler is topped by a “head” that can become clogged with debris and grime, preventing adequate water flow or hindering complete coverage of the yard. They can also become broken in lawnmower accidents or as a result of being tripped over. Therefore, if there is one particular part of your system that isn’t working, inspect the head carefully and arrange for repairs as necessary.

3. Pests

Thirsty pests are problematic, too. Rodents and similar animals will eat away at various parts of your custom sprinkler system to get at the water. Their hair and the dirt clinging to their bodies can also clog the heads. After repairs are completed, set up animal deterrents around your property to keep away moles, voles, rats, raccoons, and other problematic animals that live in your area, so the problem doesn’t recur.


In need of a skilled sprinkler system repair? Call on the experts at Whittemore Sprinkler Company in Lincoln, NE. For over 55 years, they’ve provided high-quality installations and maintenance services to area homeowners and businesses. They work across all brands, including Toro® and Hunter®. Learn more about these offerings online, or call (402) 476-8552 to schedule service today.

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