Irrigation & Sprinkler System Diagnostics & Repairs
Diagnostic & Repair Services
Irrigation Sprinkler System Diagnostics
We offer top-of-the-line complete irrigation sprinkler system diagnostics & repairs. We have years of experience with irrigation systems and would love to help you get your system up and running properly again. Give us a call today to schedule a free estimate!
Irrigation Sprinkler System Repairs
We offer a complete Irrigation sprinkler system repair service. Our services include copper pipe repair and sweating copper pipe. We also offer timer repairs, backflow repair or replacement, manifold, and valve repairs, diaphragm repair or replacement, pipe or line breaks, loose clamps, irrigation sprinkler head repairs & nozzle filter cleanouts. Give us a call today for sprinkler repair services regarding your irrigation system and receive a no-obligation consultation and free estimate!
Irrigation Sprinkler Drip & Head Repairs
We offer all types of Irrigation Sprinkler System Repairs. If your system isn’t functioning properly give us a call. We can fix whatever the problem is fast and efficiently and get it done right the first time. Give us a call today to get your Irrigation Sprinkler System up and running again at peak performance!
Is Your Irrigation Sprinkler System Broken?
If your irrigation system is broken it can cause your lawn to die creating expensive repairs and replacement of your lawn. Our professional irrigation system diagnostics & repairs service can get your system up and running in no time. We can fix your broken irrigation system with efficient diagnostic services and repair it fast. Buried valves can get sand or soil in them causing your landscaping to not get enough water because they won’t turn on from the timer.
We offer many repair services for your existing irrigation system. From diagnosing sprinklers heads to the controller. We have the diagnostic knowledgeable skills necessary to fix broken valves in the manifold box as well as broken pipes and water main breaks at the main valve or backflow preventer. Whatever the job we have a highly skilled and equipped team of diagnostic technicians that can fix your lawn sprinkler systems fast with efficient service. Contact us today for a no-obligation free estimate if you need your system fixed fast!
Professional Irrigation Sprinkler System Services: Diagnostics & Repairs
If you are having problems with your irrigation system you need the knowledge to diagnose the problems fast and make a correct evaluation to offer a solution. It needs to be fixed fast or get it running correctly so the lawn doesn’t burn up causing expensive lawn repair. Without the proper understanding of an irrigation system and how it works, it’s hard to determine what the repairs needed could be.
This is where most homeowners rely on professional and trustworthy Irrigation system technicians so that they don’t have to worry about diagnosing the problem themselves. Usually, an irrigation service can have the problem fixed much faster as opposed to waiting days for solutions to figure out and resolve issues. This can cause high cost and expensive repairs to your yard and unnecessary money down the drain if it’s a time-sensitive repair needed. Broken heads or an entire faulty zone could potentially cause a lack of coverage resulting in extensive damage.
The spray heads must have proper coverage as well to make sure water waste doesn’t leak over sidewalks and driveways. Leaks in the water main can cause water damage and the repair cost can be a lot of money to fix if not addressed quickly. Contact our professional irrigation sprinkler system services today to receive a no-obligation consultation and free estimate.
Diagnosing & Repairing Residential & Commercial Irrigation Systems
We are here to help residential families and commercial businesses diagnose and repair their sprinkler systems. If you need sprinkler services, our company has experienced and knowledgeable repair technicians for every customer. The sprinkler repair process can be quite frustrating especially if you don’t have as much time to do it yourself. Before getting to irrigation system repair you first have to diagnose and find the problem. That’s why sprinkler repair can be a time-consuming process without technical knowledge. If you are too busy to deal with it yourself contact our professional sprinkler repair company to get the job done fast and efficiently. We offer a no-obligation free evaluation and quote for every customer.
Diagnostic Troubleshooting Tips & Tricks For Sprinkler Repair
Common Sprinkler Problems To Start With
The most common problem with irrigation sprinkler systems is the timer malfunctioning and solenoids that go bad over time. These are some of the quickest fixes for a skilled sprinkler repair technician or even a handy homeowner. If you are having trouble figuring out your irrigation systems problems and need sprinkler repair or upgrades don’t hesitate to give us a call. If the repair takes too long the lawn and landscape can suffer severe damage and it requires fast action before it creates costly repairs. A faulty controller can cause severe damage if you are on vacation and the timer malfunctions.
Irrigation Sprinkler System Maintenance & Sprinkler Repair Checklist
Your sprinkler system is one of the most important parts of your landscape, but it needs care just like your grass does. If you don’t take proper steps in maintaining your irrigation system then there could be negative consequences. Higher utility bills and even wasted water that goes towards sidewalks and driveways instead of helping your lawn thrive are never good! So be sure to perform routine maintenance checks at least every spring and fall. If we’re watering concrete instead of our plants how can they grow well and thrive properly? Contact us today to help you with your sprinkler repair and receive a free quote!
Cleaning Out Your Irrigation Sprinkler System
The key to having a clean sprinkler system is routine maintenance. Make sure you’re cleaning out the sprinkler heads and filters inside them at least twice per year, especially if there are clogs or debris from a secondary water source.
How to properly clean out your sprinkler head filters:
- Step 1: Get a bucket and fill it up with water and soap.
- Step 2: Grab the irrigation sprinkler head nozzle and pull it up.
- Step 3: Use a special sprinkler head tool or some vice grips to hold the spray head up so it doesn’t fall back down.
- Step 4: Remove the sprinkler spray head filter and put it in the bucket of water and soap to clean off any dirt or buildup preventing full spray of the clogged nozzle.
- Step 5: Repeat for all the sprinkler heads in the yard cleaning them all thoroughly.
- Step 6: Reinstall all the sprinkler head filters once they are clean restoring more water pressure to your sprinkler system.
How to properly clean out your sprinkler spray heads and their components:
- Step 1: Take the sprinkler head and twist it counterclockwise lifting out the spring and inner components from the sprinkler head.
- Step 2: Put the sprinkler spray head in the bucket filled with water and soap.
- Step 3: Scrub the sprinkler spray head and all the components with a brush to ensure that it is thoroughly cleaned.
- Step 4: Soak the sprinkler spray head and components in the bucket with soap.
- Step 5: Rinse the sprinkler spray head and all the components thoroughly with clean water.
- Step 6: Before replacing the sprinkler head use a natural lubricant safe for lawns to grease up the internal components of the sprinkler head.
How to properly clear dirt and debris from valves and pipes in a sprinkler system:
- Step 1: Identify a sprinkler head from the valve zone that you think is clogged with debris. Preferably the last head in that zone furthest from the valve is clogged.
- Step 2: Turn the sprinkler spray head counterclockwise to remove the sprinkler head from the riser and remove the sprinkler body.
- Step 3: Turn the valve with clogged debris on manually for a couple of minutes creating an old faithful geyser in your yard.
- Step 4: Repeat the steps for all the valves in the manifold to clean clogged dirt and debris from the valves.
- Step 5: Replace all the sprinkler heads that you removed and adjust the heads.
How Do I Know If My Sprinkler Controller Is Bad?
When there is a failure in an irrigation system the controller usually gets blamed. Though the problem is not always in the controller. If your having a lot of issues with your system and are unaware of the cause, take a look at these troubleshooting tips to help you determine if the controller is faulty or if something else is faulty. Start with the easiest stuff first. Check valves to see if they are broken or damaged. There could be a rain sensor telling the timer to not turn on due to a rain event or a malfunctioning sensor. Also, power to the controller from the wall outlet and power coming from the battery are two separate things. If you have line voltage coming in from the wall check the transformer next.
Sprinkler Controller Diagnostic & Troubleshooting Guide
Testing The Transformer
- Step 1: Confirm you have line voltage coming in from the outlet by removing the battery and checking the display.
- Step 2: Test the controller’s transformer with a multimeter.
- Step 3: Set the multimeter dial to 200 VAC (volts alternating current).
- Step 4: Touch the probe leads to the output wires of the transformer marked 24 vac where it connects to the sprinkler controller.
- Step 5: The transformer should read anywhere between 19 – 30 VAC if working correctly. If not verify that the incoming voltage from the wall is around 110 – 120 VAC to determine if the problem is in the transformer or the incoming voltage. Check the circuit breaker and any GFCI reset switches on the outlet to see if it is getting power. If the outlet is supplying the correct voltage and the transformer does not, replace it with the correct transformer or buy another timing controller.
Testing Station Output From The Controller
This test confirms If 24 (VAC) is happening at the controller to each station and each station is set up to run manually while it is tested.
- Step 1: Set the multimeter dial to 200 VAC.
- Step 2: Put one probe on the common terminal and one probe on the station that is running manually.
- Step 3: Repeat this test for each station.
- Step 4: If the multimeter reads in the range of 24 VAC then the controller is providing proper output.
- Step 5: If one of the stations is bad and you have no extras it may be time to replace the controller.
- Step 6: If there are extra working stations on the controller use a spare and reprogram that station.
- Step 7: If more than one station is bad and you don’t have enough stations to run all the valves replace the controller.
Testing Continuity In The System From The Controller
This tests continuity for the wire, connection, and solenoid. Continuity is the pathway of the wire through the solenoid back to the controller. For this test, no station should be running and the controller should be turned off.
- Step 1: Turn the controller off and make sure it’s off.
- Step 2: Turn the multimeter dial to the 200 ohms (Ω) setting.
- Step 3: Remove the common wire from the terminal strip and place the black probe to it while holding the red probe to the station terminal to be tested.
- Step 4: A good wire run and a good solenoid should measure between 20 and 60 ohms (Ω).
- Step 5: Some rainbird solenoids are between 35 and 40 ohms (Ω).
- Step 6: A low ohm (Ω) reading close to zero indicates a short somewhere on the wire or the solenoid insulation is starting to break down.
- Step 7: An ohm (Ω) reading of 1 or OL is considered a broken wire, an unconnected wire, or a malfunctioning solenoid. Some multimeters will show 1 and some will show OL for an open line.
- Step 8: If an open circuit or short is noted at the controller then a separate ohm (Ω) test at the solenoid coil and valve in question is indicated to determine if the short circuit is the solenoid or wire run.
Troubleshooting And Testing The Sprinkler Solenoid At The Valves
This test uses the multimeter to test the resistance in ohms (Ω) of the solenoid at the valves.
- Step 1: Turn the multimeter dial to the 200 ohms (Ω) setting.
- Step 2: Remove the wire nuts from the solenoid wires in question and disconnect them from the same colored valve wires that you tested previously at the controller running to the solenoid coil.
- Step 3: Pinch the red and black multimeter probes, one on each wire coming from the solenoid to each of the bare copper wires, these are nonpolarized wires so it doesn’t matter which multimeter probe you pinch to the solenoid wires.
- Step 4: The reading should not jump around and stay around 20 – 60 ohms (Ω). Different solenoid manufacturers have different ohm (Ω) readings, so make sure the number displayed on the multimeter is in range and not jumping around to verify if it’s good. If the resistance reading is good at the solenoid then look for faults in the wire back to the controller or replace the wire.
Why A Sprinkler Valve Won’t Turn Off Manually At The Solenoid
The most common issue as to why a sprinkler valve won’t shut off manually is debris stuck in the valve’s diaphragm. Rocks and debris can get stuck in the valve diaphragm causing the valve to not shut off. A tear in the diaphragm can also cause the valve to not work correctly causing the sprinkler valve to remain open until you shut the water off and replace the diaphragm. If there are no tears or damage to the rubber diaphragm inside the valve look for rocks or debris. If there is dirt stuck in the valve diaphragm, clean it out. Rocks and debris that are blocking the valve from closing off or opening are more common in areas running on secondary municipal water. This can happen to really old valves or buried valves that have been in the ground for a long time being buried with soil. If you think your systems watering schedule is perfectly fine and a valve isn’t opening up it can cause catastrophic damage to your lawn or landscaping. This valve failure could be many different problems but the entire zone malfunction will damage your landscaping. Open up the zones valve that won’t shut off and inspect the diaphragm. If there is a bleeder screw on the valve that is stuck on, open the bleeder screw and turn it back off to see if that shuts it off. If that doesn’t shut off the valve take the valve apart and inspect it. Some valves don’t have bleeder screws on them, if this is the case take the valve apart and inspect it to see if the diaphragm needs replaced. If you are having problems isolating the issue let us help you with your sprinkler repair and give you value by letting us take care of the job. If the valve won’t turn off contact us by phone or email and we would love to help you with your sprinkler repair.
Troubleshooting Sprinkler System Low Pressure
There are many reasons why a sprinkler system has low-pressure issues. Start with these steps to troubleshoot your irrigation sprinkler system low-pressure problem.
- Step 1: Check and make sure that the main water valve is all the way open.
- Step 2: Check that the valves on the backflow are all the way open.
- Step 3: Check for soggy sinking ground somewhere indicating a broken pipe or sprinkler system leak.
- Step 4: Check to see if the entire system has low pressure or just one zone. If only one zone has low pressure, check for large tree roots growing around that sprinkler line possibly pinching off the water supply to that zone partially or completely.
Step 5: There could be an obstruction in the water line or a clogged filter if there is a filter before that zone in the manifold valve box.
- Step 6: Dirty or clogged sprinkler heads or the filters inside the heads can also cause low pressure to that zone of the sprinkler system.
- Step 7: Increased demand on the municipal water supply can cause low pressure if everyone is watering at the same time.
Troubleshooting A Sprinkler System Not Working In All Zones
It is a common problem for a sprinkler system to not work in particular zones but for the entire system to not work in any zones can be frustrating to deal with. Start with these steps to locate and identify the issue.
- Step 1: Make sure that the main water valve is open.
- Step 2: Look for any root obstructions wrapping around the pipes pinching them off completely.
- Step 3: Low sprinkler pressure can cause all zones to not work, try increasing the sprinkler pressure.
- Step 4: Make sure the backflow valves are completely open.
- Step 5: Rule out any electrical issues with the controller and sprinkler system electrical wiring.
- Step 6: Check the controller using a multimeter to diagnose the electrical issue.
- Step 7: Check the solenoids to see if they are bad using a multimeter.
- Step 8: A cut in the common wire can cut off all zones from working properly.
How to Adjust a Rotary Sprinkler Head
In a rotary sprinkler head, there is one side of the arc that can’t be adjusted with the tool. You have to physically turn the head to the starting point and then adjust the width of the arc from there. Different rotary manufacturers have left fixed rotaries and right fixed rotaries. For instance, rain birds are left to the stopping point of the arc and hunters are right to the stopping point of the rotary sprinkler head.
- Step 1: Determine if the head is fixed to the right or left.
- Step 2: Adjust the fixed side of the arc starting point by physically turning the head to where you want the arc to start.
- Step 3: Turn the sprinkler system on and adjust the side of the arc to where you want the final adjustable stop point to be with a rotary sprinkler adjustment tool.
- Step 4: Adjust the distance of the spray by turning the adjustment tool clockwise until the screw reaches the spray stream causing the stream to get wider for better coverage.
- Step 5: If the spray isn’t far enough to cover that zone in your lawn turn the distance adjustment screw counterclockwise until it is not touching the stream of water causing the spray to lengthen to the desired distance for that head.
Sprinkler Head Replacement Services
If you have sprinklers on your landscape that are leaking and need sprinkler repair service we are equipped with knowledgeable technicians that can fix your irrigation systems sprinkler heads and replace them. Knowledge and experience are important when trying to deal with sprinkler repair because the cost to replace a lawn or landscape is much more expensive. If you need new sprinkler heads installed we keep handy tools to get the job done fast. If you are just trying to remove the sprinkler head and replace it with a new one we have tools to replace the head fast without even digging up the lawn around the head efficiently. Our technicians are professional and equipped with the best solutions to repair your installed sprinklers. If you are looking to upgrade your sprinkler system our irrigation service can remove and install all new heads so that you get the best water coverage possible for your lawn and landscape.
Replacing Clogged Nozzles In Your Sprinkler Spray Heads
If your sprinkler spray heads have clogged nozzles it will make it hard to get adequate coverage for your yard or landscape. It is important to maintain your sprinkler system regularly and check to see if it is functioning properly. If you are having a low-pressure issue or your sprinklers are very weak in the zone it could be because of clogged sprinkler head nozzles. We will clean or replace your sprinkler system nozzles so that your entire system can run more efficiently and your lawn is properly covered. Contact us by phone or contact our business and let our highly skilled experts repair your low water issue. Our company is here for you with knowledge and solutions to save you time and money as well as save your lawn.
Diagnosing and Repairing Drip Irrigation Problems
It is important to flush out the filter in your drip irrigation system to ensure that the plants on your landscape get the necessary water that they need. If the filter is clogged up it can stop the emitters from watering your plants. There is a pressure regulator inside the (y) filter and the filter needs to be flushed out to function properly. Sometimes companies install the wrong drip heads for certain plants causing them to not receive enough water or too much water. This can severely damage the root system of expensive ornamentals and decorative plants in your landscape. If you don’t have the proper drip emitters for your plants or the plants outgrow the emitters on the system it is time to add new drip emitters to your existing system. If you would like help with your drip irrigation give our experts a call. Our installers can tune your drip system in no time at all so your plants can thrive. Give our business a call today for a complete evaluation of your drip system and receive your free quote.
Troubleshooting Broken Pipes & Leaks
If you have low water pressure in one particular zone you may have a broken pipe leak. Check all the sprinkler zones for sinking ground when you step on it. If the ground is sinking in when you step on it you most likely have a broken pipe leak. There also is a possibility that the landscape wasn’t graded properly and isn’t draining properly. But if the problem was never there before and you just now are starting to notice it there’s a good possibility that it’s a broken pipe that leaks. If you need help fixing your broken pipes from improper sprinkler winterization contact us today. Broken pipes and leaks can be stressful especially if you are busy and can’t get to them. Why not let us get your job done for you so that your system and landscape are covered? We provide a no-obligation evaluation and free quote for every customer.
Our Diagnostic & Repair Process
Irrigation sprinkler system diagnostics and repairs are a type of irrigation sprinkler system service that we provide. We offer a complete Irrigation Sprinkler System diagnostics & Repair Service. Adjusting Heads so they have adequate coverage to conserve water usage. We offer tune-ups and sprinkler head adjustments to make sure you are receiving adequate coverage to meet water-wise requirements to meet local Colorado springs mandates on your lawn and landscape.
Our Diagnostic process is a fast and efficient process to figure out what is going on immediately with your system. Sometimes a volt-meter test is necessary to get a quick and efficient answer to problems with your system, whether the transformer in the timer is bad, the timer itself, breaks or cuts in the wires, bad solenoids on the valve themselves, or even if valves need to be manually taken apart to clean rocks or debris from the diaphragm or replace the damaged diaphragm.
Irrigation System Diagnostics can be a complicated process and very time-consuming if you aren’t familiar with the processes or you simply are too busy to bother with it. Let us handle all your irrigation sprinkler system diagnostic needs today! We have many years of experience with different types of systems and would love to handle it for you so you can have your time back.
Time is valuable so enjoy spending more time with your family by letting us get it fixed with efficiency for you. If there is a broken sprinkler it is supposed to be fixed within 10 days. Consider our Startups & Blowouts so we can address issues for you that need fixed after a long winter or to prepare for winter. We also provide irrigation sprinkler system installations. Our company provides irrigation sprinkler system diagnostics & Repairs in El Paso County, Colorado Springs, and works with efficiency all along the Front Range. You will never need an other company again for your irrigation systems. Contact us today to get your free Quote, we would love to handle it for you!
- Timer Repair
- Wire Repair
- Sprinkler Head Repair
- Broken Pipe Repair
- Manifold Repair
- Valve Repair
- Solenoid Repair
- Diaphragm Repair
- Nozzle Filter Cleanouts Repair
- Backflow Repair
- Maintenance Service