Top Tips For Identifying Irrigation Problems
Sprinkler head spraying water onto the sidewalk, driveway or road:
Fix: Do not water on windy days; pull up pop-up nozzle and turn nozzle in correct direction; replace nozzle with correct pattern.
Spray nozzle missing, not operating or has reduced water flow:
Fix: Check nozzle for damage or blockage; replace nozzle.
Poor distribution pattern:
Fix: Check for damage or blockage; increase or decrease throw by turning screw on top of nozzle.
Sprinkler head bubbling or gushing water out the top:
Fix: Replace cracked or broken nozzle.
Sprinkler head no longer straight up and down:
Fix: Reset pipe.
Sprinkler creates a cloud of mist usually caused by too much pressure:
Fix: Adjust pressure regulator.
Grass, shrubbery or tree blocking distribution pattern:
Fix: Either raise or lower riser; move sprinkler head.
Dry landscape areas or poor coverage:
Fix: Correct the distribution; maintain a mulch layer on all planted beds; aerate and add about 1/2 inch of compost to lawn area.
Water bubbling, dripping or gushing all the time:
Fix: Repair broken or leaking pipe or valve.
Runoff occurs before adequate water applied:
Fix: Soak and cycle-set this station to run 2 or 3 short times instead of one long time.