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How To Troubleshoot a Commercial Irrigation System

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

A sprinkler system is a complex network of wires, pipes and water pressure, and any of these elements can malfunction

It's Time To Troubleshoot

You probably never think about the irrigation system surrounding your building in North Weymouth, MA unless you notice a problem. When it’s functioning properly, the system maintains the right balance of water to keep the landscape properly hydrated. If you ever see a dry patch or standing water, it’s time to troubleshoot.

1. Areas You Can Check
A sprinkler system is a complex network of wires, pipes and water pressure, and any of these elements can malfunction. Even so, there are a few things you can check on your own. Sometimes the problem can be as simple as a loose timer wire or an outlet that’s not getting power. Inside, visually inspect the timer, its wires and the outlet it connects to. Cycle through each zone on the timer to ensure that all its modes are functioning. Outside, observe any dry patches or areas of standing water, and note the corresponding zone. The source may be a broken head or simply a shrub that is blocking the water flow.

2. Areas a Professional Should Check
Issues beyond those mentioned above will need a professional assessment. Most irrigation problems are classified as either electric or hydraulic. A sprinkler service provider will probably start by checking one or both systems. He or she will check areas like the flow control valves, the solenoids and in-ground wiring. Your provider should also check for debris around the lines like roots, rocks and twigs. If there’s a large tree nearby, the roots may be a contributing factor as they can choke out a pipe.

3. When To Call Flood Restoration
If you discover a sudden, significant leak in your irrigation system or sublevel, call a flood restoration specialist as soon as possible. After removing the water, they will restore your belongings and repair the damage to your structure. Building materials such as drywall, insulation and carpet are susceptible to mold, so it’s important to inspect them immediately to avoid further damage.
Knowing how to troubleshoot your sprinklers yourself and when to call a professional is a valuable skill. With the right maintenance, your irrigation system will keep your commercial property looking lush — without watering your basement along with it.

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