Sprinkler systems are a wonderful addition to any lawn. They make it so much easier to keep your grass and your plants freshly watered and looking great with minimal effort on your part. Nowadays, you can even set your sprinkler system up to work on a timer, so you never even have to bother with it; it will just do its job when it's supposed to, unless, of course, something goes wrong. Unfortunately, even the best sprinkler systems can develop problems from time to time, and if you're never near your sprinkler system, it can be hard to notice these issues. This is why it's important to know the warning signs of a sprinkler system that isn't working correctly and to make the effort to check on your system from time to time.
Leaks and Drips
The only water that should be coming from around your sprinkler system is the water it's designed to spray out! If you notice any leaks or puddling near the sprinkler system that shouldn't be there, this is a good indicator that your sprinkler valve is broken and will need to be replaced.
When you do find a leak, follow the water to see where the leak is coming from. This will help you to determine if it's just one valve that needs to be replaced or if you've got a bigger problem on your hands and will need to do multiple replacements.
The whole point of having a sprinkler system is to make your lawn look its best. Unfortunately, it's not going to look its best if it takes on a patchy appearance, with some spots bright green and fresh and others brown and dead.
If you find that your grass looks very different in some places than others, this is a clear indicator that's something is up with your sprinkler system. The most common culprits of a patchy lawn are non-working sprinkler heads that keep water from being distributed to certain places, sprinkler heads that been placed too low in some parts, or even an improperly set up timer or automatic sprinkler system.
You'll have to do some troubleshooting and trial and error to get to the root of this problem, but the sooner you do, the sooner you can fix it.
Also keep in mind that you're not alone when it comes to sprinkler system problems. If you know something is wrong, but you can't figure out what, you can always call on lawn care professionals like T & J Landscape Services or the company that installed your sprinkler system for some expert assistance.