Houses with in-ground irrigation sprinkler systems benefit from consistent and regular watering for their lawn and gardens. Without these systems, manual watering with a sprinkler hooked up to a hose would be required. While these systems can work flawlessly for years, a little maintenance at the beginning of each season can help keep the water flowing.
Follow the below steps to repair your system will help keep it running smoothly. Stocking up on basic supplies, which are listed at the bottom of the page, will help you avoid running to Lowe’s to find the right part.
- Run each sprinkler system zone and mark any sprinkler heads that need attention with a yard flag.
- After marking each sprinkler head, determine what repairs are needed. For nozzles that rotate, adjustments may need to be made to the height of the spray and the amount of rotation. Changing these settings will require a tool, which are available for under $10 in a sprinkler repair toolkit.
- Remove the nozzle and screen. If reclaimed water is used in the system, which is common in Florida, the filter is most likely clogged up and will require cleaning. Simply spray the filter with a hose to clean it off.
- Replace factory nozzle heads with adjustment nozzles. During construction, most developers buy cheaper nozzles that do not allow for any adjustments. As the landscaping changes and you want more control, replace these with 360-degree adjustable nozzles, which only sell for a few dollars.
If you’re struggling with larger repairs or have questions, simply ask your neighbors for assistance. They most likely have the same system and may have encountered the same problem. Also, professional providers can also do annual maintenance or one-time repairs for a cost.
Sprinkler System Supplies: