Common Irrigation Repair Tips and Tricks

Identifying issues with an irrigation system, for the most part, isn’t easy. Many people may only notice that there is something wrong until their plants and lawn start to dry up. However, by then, it is too late. You always want to observe your system when it is operational, making sure it isn’t sprinkling too little or too much water. That said, if you spot an issue, then its time to take on some DIY irrigation repair.

Dealing with Broken Equipment

Let’s face it; even the best irrigation system can be faulty. Though it is a relatively easy issue to spot since the equipment will not be working as it should. The equipment includes the sprinkler heads and the timer. Irrigation equipment can break for a myriad of reasons like physical impact, wear, and tear, or improper maintenance. Regardless the only way to fix the problem would be to replace the faulty parts.

Irrigation Repair When Water is Pooling, or There is Run-Off

Ideally, you want all the water dispensed through the system to be absorbed by the lawn. At times there may be a myriad of reasons like the type of plants you own or soil conditions,which may lead to pools of water or run-offs.

Some plants generally need more water compared to others. That said, overwatering results in plants that don’t need as much water, not absorbing it, and that leads to pooling. The issue can be fixed relatively simply by adding a timer. A timer will help you adjust how much water is dispensed.

Another way to fix the issue is to replace the nozzles or heads of the irrigation system. It isn’t exactly irrigation repair, but it does affect how water is delivered by minizine its quantity within a given time set by the timer.

Damaged Heads

Diagnosing a broken or damaged irrigation head is difficult. However, if the head isn’t dispensing water or does not pop up, then you know there is a problem with it. The good news is that it is a relatively easy irrigation repair job that requires you to dig up the head, examine it for damage. If damaged, replace it with a new one. If the head isn’t damaged, then open it, take out the filter, clean and replace. For the most part, this should fix the issues you’re having with it.

Dealing with Busted or Blocked Pipes

Irrigation repair when it comes to diagnosing issues with the pipes can get highly complex, depending on the system installed. Generally, if there is a blockage in the pipe for whatever reason, you will not see as much water being dispensed by the system. If the pipe is busted, you might see pools of water forming on parts where water is leaking.

The best way to fix the problem is to dig up the pipe and replace it. While it isn’t the type of irrigation repair we recommend homeowners undertake on their own, the alternative is hiring a professional.


Irrigation repair for the most part can be handled by most homeowners with relative ease. However, at times hiring a professional makes a lot more sense, especially when it comes to diagnosing a problem. 

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