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How To Troubleshoot Your Commercial Sprinkler System

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Broken sprinkler in the lawn, water clogging. A broken irrigation system can wreak havoc on your landscape.

Troubleshooting Tips

Once you bought your irrigation system for your commercial property, you may have stopped thinking about it. You figured that the sprinklers would run smoothly and that you could focus on other aspects of your Oaklawn, MA, business.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Irrigation problems can occur. Water could stop flowing to one part of your landscape, causing the bushes and grass to die. Malfunctioning sprinklers may even cause flooding that necessitates emergency restoration services.
If your sprinklers do stop working, you can limit the water damage by fixing the problem right away. Here are some troubleshooting tips.

No Pressure
A zone failure occurs when one section of the sprinkler system no longer functions properly. Issues with any of the following could be a sign of zone failure:

  • Solenoid
  • Valve
  • Wire
  • Timer

The electrical impulse may be the source of the irrigation system breakdown. You can use a voltmeter to test this impulse. Start by checking the wires operating the timer. Then move on to the solenoid.
It is not just electrical issues that cause failing zones. A tree root could also block the pipes in one area of the property. You may have to trim the tree or kill the roots to solve this problem.
Sometimes, the entire sprinkler system malfunctions. If this happens, start by making sure all the valves are open. You should also use a wire locator to see if there are any cuts in the wires.

Low Pressure
If the water is flowing but the pressure is low, you should again check the solenoid. It could be loose or clogged by debris. The flow control valve may have also destroyed the diaphragm.
A broken irrigation system can wreak havoc on your landscape. You could end up with brown grass or a flooded building. Troubleshooting any issues immediately should limit the harm to your property.

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