Investing in a sprinkler system for your lawn helps keep your yard green and healthy all season long. However, if there are problems with the system’s water pump, lines, or sprinkler heads, it won’t work as it should, and it could do more harm than good for your lawn. Learn more about a few common signs that your sprinklers need professional attention with this guide.
When to Call for Sprinkler Repairs
1. The Water Pump Won’t Turn On
If the water pump doesn't turn on at all, the sprinklers won’t work. Sometimes, this issue is caused by a tripped breaker switch, which is easy to correct.
However, if the switch continues to trip, the problem could be with the wiring or an electrical component within the pump itself. These repairs are best left to professionals to ensure they’re completed safely.
2. The Pump Is Noisy
If your water pump sounds like it has rocks in it when it turns on, there’s a suction problem that’s causing pump cavitation. This will cause permanent damage to the device. Sometimes, moving the pump closer to the water source can help, but more often, the pump will need repairs to solve the suction issue.
3. Higher Water Bills
If your water bill suddenly increases without any other obvious cause, your sprinkler system could be the reason. Often the source is a leaking valve or pipe, but loose parts, water pump issues, and damaged sprinkler heads can also lead to excessive water usage.
If you notice an increase in the utility bill, it’s worth having your system inspected to uncover any issues that are driving up costs.
4. Water Pressure Changes
If the sprinklers have lower water pressure than usual, or the pressure appears to fluctuate, something is wrong with the pipes or pressure valves.
Inconsistent pressure can keep your grass from getting the water it needs, leading to dead or yellowed spots. Excess water pressure can cause the components of the system to break down faster. Pressure problems are typically caused by a clog or leak, which will require repair.
If your lawn irrigation system isn’t working properly, call the professionals at Quackenbush Water Systems in Warwick, NY, for help. They have more than 30 years of experience working on water wells, water pumps, and irrigation systems, and can diagnose and repair any problem. Learn more about their services online or call (845) 986-1900 to schedule a consultation.