Common Sprinkler Head Issues You May Face This Summer

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Common Sprinkler Head Issues You May Face This Summer

The summer heat has arrived, and for some New Jersey homeowners, that means it is time to water the lawn. Sprinkler systems or automatic irrigation systems make lawn watering easier. But, just like an appliance, device, or machine, from time to time these sprinkler systems require attention and repairs. Sprinkler heads are the most common culprit when sprinkler systems stop working properly in the summer.

Here are six common sprinkler head issue you may face this summer and how to fix them.

  1. Clogged Sprinkler Head

When water doesn’t make its way out of the sprinkler head or is uneven, it’s usually a sign of debris or dirt blocking it. Blockages can result from dirt leaking into the sprinkler head holes, a buildup of debris, or grass clippings making their way inside the sprinkler head.

The fix for clogged sprinkler heads is simple. If you can see which hole is clogged, use a piece of wire or paperclip to unclog it. If multiple holes are clogged, or you can’t see the clog, you will need to remove the sprinkler head, soak it in water, clean it with a wire, and rinse before reconnecting.

  1. Broken Sprinkler Head

Occasionally a sprinkler system will malfunction and not retract the entire way. These sprinkler heads often get struck with a lawnmower and break. Since sprinkler heads are removable, they can be replaced. Remove the broken head and take to the store to assure you buy the right replacement.

  1. Misting

If water pressure fluctuates or is too high, it can cause misting instead of sprinkling. Misting results in unequal distribution of moisture and some areas may not get proper coverage. Decrease the flow control to prevent misting or contact a sprinkler professional for advice.

  1. Leaking

Leaking can be a sign the sprinkler head isn’t on tight or damage occurred while mowing, landscaping, or during the winter freeze. If the culprit is the sprinkler head, it can be from clogs or the cap may need to be replaced.

  1. Stuck Valves

If your sprinkler continues to run even when they are supposed to be shut off, it likely due to a stuck valve. Check both valves and clear debris that may prevent it to automatically shut off by removing the solenoid, let some water flow through or use a screwdriver to clear the blockage, replace the cap, and test again.

  1. Uneven Spray Pattern

Over time, sprinkler heads settle or tilt to due to foot and mower traffic, and movement of soil from moisture and backyard activities. If they sink too far, dirt and debris fall in place around the sprinkler head and block its spray path. To correct the tilt or sinking, lift and straighten the head back into place, level with the ground.

If you are looking for professional lawn care services to keep your yard looking topnotch this summer, contact the team at Perennial Lawn Care Services today.

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