Summer Heat And Brown Spots

August 4, 2023

 

Diagnosing and fixing sprinkler issues is challenging.  Fading and brown spots are the first sign the sprinklers aren’t working correctly.  Here are some steps to help you through the process:

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1. Identify the problem: Walk around your yard and inspect each sprinkler head to see if any are broken, clogged, or not functioning properly. Look for signs of water pooling, uneven spray patterns, or areas that are not being watered at all.

2. Check water pressure: Low water pressure can cause sprinklers to underperform. Attach a pressure gauge to an outdoor faucet and turn it on to measure the water pressure. The ideal range for most sprinkler systems is between 40-60 PSI (pounds per square inch).

3. Clean or replace clogged nozzles: If you notice that your sprinkler heads are spraying water unevenly or in the wrong direction, it could be due to clogged nozzles. Remove the nozzle and clean it thoroughly with water or replace it if necessary.

4. Adjust spray patterns: If some areas are being overwatered or not getting enough water, you may need to adjust the spray patterns of your sprinkler heads. Most sprinkler heads have adjustable nozzles or a screw that can be turned to regulate the spray distance and pattern.

5. Fix leaks or broken parts: If you notice any leaks or broken parts, such as cracked pipes, damaged valves, or broken sprinkler heads, they will need to be repaired or replaced. Dig around the affected area to expose the problem and make the necessary repairs.

6. Check the controller: If none of the above steps resolve your sprinkler issues, it’s worth checking the controller or timer. Make sure it is programmed correctly and that the watering schedule is appropriate for your lawn’s needs.

7. Test the system: Once you have made the necessary repairs or adjustments, it’s important to test the system to ensure everything is working properly. Turn on each zone one at a time and observe the performance of the sprinklers.

If you are unsure about any of the steps or if the problem persists, it may be best to consult a professional sprinkler technician who can diagnose and fix the issue more accurately.

Utah State University has additional great information about maintaining your sprinkler system:

 

Maitaining Your Sprinkler System – Utah State University

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