Tips to quickly spot (and fix) 6 irrigation system problems

Irrigation system problems are often visible before conducting a formal irrigation audit. We’ve compiled some of the prevelant issues that can be easily identified during a walk-through and how to solve them.

PROBLEM #1

Missing coverage

SOLUTION #1

Verify proper nozzle pattern or arc adjustment.

PROBLEM #2

Fogging

SOLUTION #2

Install a pressure regulator in individual sprinklers or at the zone valve.

PROBLEM #3

Bubbling sprinker

SOLUTION #3

Indicates a missing nozzle or cracked or broken riser.

PROBLEM #4

Sunken sprinkler

SOLUTION #4

Raise the sprinkler and pack dry soil around the body of the sprinkler.

PROBLEM #5

Flooded valve box

SOLUTION #5

Could indicate a leaking valve, or a cracked or broken fitting/pipe nearby; if not reduce run time and frequency.

PROBLEM #6

Tilted sprinkler

SOLUTION #6

Reset sprinkler to be plumb and at proper grade.