Frequently Asked Questions

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How do local water restrictions affect my sprinkler system and watering?

Local water restrictions can be extremely powerful but are often obscure and unknown to many homeowners until they get into conflict with one of them. These regulations can be enforced by a local water agency, a homeowner’s association, or by a lawsuit. In most cases, water violations are notified by a notice first for correction, written to move the homeowner into correcting the matter and get back into compliance. Afterward, additional notices typically tend to start a penalty phase in the form of some kind of fine or fee, again to act as a deterrent and push a behavior change.

Why is it important to have my sprinkler inspected and if so, how often?

Because many jurisdictions penalize a homeowner based on total water consumption over a given period, such as a month, a bad sprinkler can have real effects over time. The amount of water loss from overwatering can add up into real dollars. And, with many public agencies running tiered water charge systems for consumers, higher consumption triggers movement to higher tiers and higher charges. So sprinkler inspections are extremely effective in proactively finding issues and getting them replaced quickly.

How does drip irrigation help prevent foundation settling and shifting?

The difference in drip irrigation versus regular sprinkling is the amount of water being moved over time. Drip irrigation is far slower and far more focused. As a result, the ground does not get saturated so fast, creating water runoff and erosion. That also means the soil has plenty of time to dissipate the water versus sprinklers. With traditional sprinkling, the water tends to pool quickly, and that can then move to lower locations such as a compressed point a foundation sits on. That water moving in allows further compression, and enough will cause parts of a foundation to sag, causing cracks in walls in turn.

What is the best way to maintain my sprinkler system?

green grass watered with sprinkler systemProactive maintenance and seasonal checks by a professional technician is really the best way to keep a sprinkler system working with a long life. Quick, qualified checks and tests will find problems that, if found early, are easy to fix. They also end up costing far less than more serious problems and system failures down the road if the problem gets bigger.

What should I do if I notice my water is losing pressure?

Loss of water pressure essentially means somewhere along the line there is a leak. If the water is strong coming out of the main water supply of the home, then it’s time to walk the irrigation system looking for a big leak. Large leaks will be noticeable by puddling water, soil bubbles with strong pressure, and gushing water out of a giving tube or sprinkler head.

Is it important to find a licensed irrigation specialist to work on my system?

While any homeowner can attempt to do repairs on his own, a professional technician makes a huge difference in the success of a repair and how permanent the fix will be. That’s because experienced technicians have been doing the work regularly on a daily or weekly basis. So they know exactly which equipment works best for conditions versus others. The average homeowner doesn’t have this technical depth and often has to make guesses based on personal research. These guesses frequently end up triggering mistakes in repairs, creating solutions that fail far sooner than expected.

What if a pipe breaks and the water won’t stop running?

First, note where the leak is and get a good idea which part has broken. This is most obvious where the lead or break has occurred and water flow is gushing out. The second thing to do is cut off the water flow by turning off the water pressure at the house’s water main. A special tool may be necessary for this, but hardware stores typically have it in stock. With the water off then the problem can be fixed by removing the broken or leaking pipe and installing a new section.

What steps are involved in winterizing my sprinkler system?

Winterizing is a systematic approach to making sure that exposed parts of a sprinkler system are protected from freezing. When water freezes inside a line, it expands and that can break the pipe or cause leaks. But wrapping and insulating exposed sections, the water inside doesn’t freeze and the system is protected. The other option is to turn off and drain the system so that water is not sitting in the lines when things get cold.

What steps are involved in turning my system on the spring?

Spring preparation gets the system ready for heavy water flow again. That involves removing and letting pressure build up in the system again, and then testing every sprinkler to make sure it works properly. Some sprinkler heads can be shifted or change position, so tuning of each one achieves optimum performance. Again, a trained technician is the best person to do this work, seeing issues before they become big due to training and depth of experience. Giving our trained technicians a call is one of the best ways homeowners can make sure their sprinkler system is kept in top shape and performance.