Sprinklers just as any other type of system tends to breakdown due to over usage or due to common problems. There are two main types of sprinklers: irrigation sprinklers and fire sprinklers. From these two, irrigation sprinklers are those that tend to breakdown the most due to being placed on the ground.
Irrigation sprinklers just like fire sprinklers tend to break down mostly on the heads. Usually some part of the head gets damaged or locked due to dirt or debris from the ground. Other very common types of problems sprinklers face are: leaking valves, pipes, broken controllers, heads and backflow problems.
To repair a sprinkler backflow problem you must first determine what caused it. There are two main things that cause it: a freeze or hardwater. In the freeze situation the internals are frozen, broken or the case itself has split. In the hardwater scenario after years of use the calcium and sediments have built up and have locked the parts in place and they can no longer function as a backflow.
The solution in the case of a blackflow problem is for you to disassemble the piece if possible by hand, if too tight with a hammer and chisel or by any other means, without removing any extra pieces besides those that need replacement. If the problem was broken parts try to replace them. If it was hard water you’ll have to just clean the piece then reassemble it.
One problem that is common to both irrigation and fire sprinklers are electrical problems. In this scenario controllers, valves or wires can be damaged under which case you’ll have to perform an electrical troubleshooting to know where’s the problem.
In irrigation sprinklers it’s very common within the controller for the rain sensor to start to malfunction under which case the sprinkler will not turn on. But also, installing them improperly will cause the system to not be well used.
Most homeowners that attempt to install their irrigation sprinkler controller on their own have to be aware that they cannot install this equipment under their patio, under a tree, basket and specially where your sprinklers will hit it. Usually it comes with 25 feet of wiring under which case its best to install it by your house’s side with nothing above it. It can be also on an edged fence.
So as seen in the latter type of sprinkler controller problem, you must always be sure that you have properly interpreted the guidelines and installed your sprinklers correctly. Recently installed sprinklers that have problems might have something in between that may be stopping them from working properly. Now, older sprinklers that have been around your house for long might have backflow problem among other of the most common types of problems. So be reasonable and pay attention to the details in order to know what’s causing the trouble in your sprinkler’s system so you can repair it. Visit Oahu Sprinkler’s website for more information about sprinkler repair.