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What To Check When Inspecting Your Lawn Sprinkler System

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Each spring, it’s essential to catch leaks from your lawn irrigation system early in the season. Sprinkler systems have a life expectancy of up to 20 years when properly taken care of.

Discovering issues with your system early on will not only reduce water waste but will also save you money while helping to ensure your home is surrounded by a lush, healthy landscape throughout summer.

While more involved repairs should be left to a professional, checking your lawn sprinkler system for top-level issues is something you can easily do yourself.  Call us today to hear about your home warranty options to cover repairs or replacements: 860-288-4791

Irrigation System Inspection Checklist:

Use this 7-item checklist to make sure you don’t miss a thing when inspecting your lawn sprinkler system.

  1. Broken, clogged, or missing sprinkler heads
  2. Sunken heads that have dipped below ground
  3. High vegetation
  4. Heads that are slanted and not vertical
  5. High or low pressure
  6. Overspray
  7. Broken pipes or fittings

If you’re not sure what to look for, it may be worth calling in a local expert for a more in-depth inspection. Whether you live in warmer climates where the system runs year-round or colder states where the system is disabled during the winter months, keeping tabs on your irrigation system’s performance is one of the best ways to ensure it lasts.

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Give us a call today at Select Home Warranty to hear about our coverage on lawn sprinkler repairs and replacements: 860-288-4791

How to check your lawn sprinkler system? 3 steps.

1. Run on “test” mode with your sprinkler system.

Most irrigation systems have a “test” mode that allows you to run the sprinkler for a short period of time. After running the sprinkler on “test” mode, you may have a better idea of where an issue is occuring.

For additional help, pair with a friend and have one of you stay by the controls while the other follows the sprinkler’s lines around the property. The person standing by the controls can quickly turn it off when signaled.

2. Check your water meter to determine if there are any leaks.

If you can’t tell there’s a leak but you have a strong suspicion, you could identify the problem a different way. Whether your sprinkler system is tied to your home’s water main or operates on its own line, the water meter can tell you a lot about the state of your system. Start by disabling the system and turn off all water sources that feed it. If your irrigation system shares water with the rest of your house, make sure all water sources inside your home are shut off as well.

Next, you’ll want to record the meter reading. Come back about half an hour later to check and see if anything’s changed. If the numbers don’t match, there may be a leak. For some homeowners, the water meter will have a small indicator on the face designed specifically to detect leaks. If all your water is completely off and you’re still seeing movement with this indicator, you may have a leak somewhere along the line.

3. Inspect all valves, pipes, connection points, and sprinkler heads.

When inspecting valves, pipes, connection points, and sprinkler heads, look for things that affect the uniformity of the spray pattern or anything that is wasting water. Your system should distribute water evenly across your lawn – not over hard surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and patios. Tilted sprinkler heads can lead to significant water waste, so you’ll want to be sure they’re corrected.

You’ll also want to keep an eye out for blatant leaks, obstructions, and standing water. Standing water is often an indicator of more serious problems. If you see standing water around a sprinkler head, you may be dealing with an issue such as a cracked riser or a weeping valve.

What to do when your sprinkler doesn’t work?

Once your inspection is complete, you could find a unique problem. We often hear about leaks in pipes and sprinkler heads, but your issue may also involve the water meter, backflow prevention, or even the main controller. The decision to replace your sprinkler system can be expensive, so be sure to call on a professional to assess the problem before making a hasty and costly decision.

Not everyone knows home warranties can cover sprinkler systems as well as your pool, spa, garage door, roof, and other unique areas of your home.

With a home warranty, you’re able to submit a claim to cover the repairs or replacements of any mechanical damage according to your terms of service. Select Home Warranty will help coordinate a qualified technician to assess your problem in no time.

Did you know your sprinkler system can be protected under a home warranty? Get your free quote today and learn how much you can save while defending your home against unexpected breakdowns. You can also give us a call: 860-288-4791