23 Mar Common Causes of Irrigation System Trouble
An improperly functioning irrigation system can create issues for your crops, lawn and fields. While there are a number of potential reasons for your troubles, here is a look at a few of the most common irrigation problems and how you can fix them.
Broken Sprinkler Heads
It is not uncommon for sprinkler heads to become damaged. This may be due to faulty installation or from issues such as a lawnmower running over the sprinkler head. To prevent future damage, you may want to consider mounting the sprinkler heads on a swing pipe.
Sunken Sprinkler Heads
In some cases, the sprinkler head is not actually broken. Rather, it is simply knocked off-kilter in some way that has caused it to become tilted or sunken in such a way that it cannot properly function. Tilted heads will not evenly spread water while a sunken head may not work at all. Adjusting your mower settings can help to prevent this from happening or, once again, you may want to consider mounting your sprinkler heads on a swing pipe.
If there is no water coming out at all, the issue may be a clogged nozzle. Nozzles that have become clogged with debris can be cleaned by flushing the whole system. You may also want to consider installing screens in order to keep soil and other debris out of the sprinkler heads.
Leaks can also cause your system to run poorly. While big leaks are usually easy to find, smaller leaks can cause a great deal of damage over a longer period of time. Leaks can develop due to age, plant roots or general impact.
Leaky Wiper Seals
Over time, wiper seals will break down due to age. This results in leaking spray heads. While some spray heads can be easily unscrewed so you can replace the seal, other systems may need to have the entire head replaced in order to address the problem.