A sprinkler system is a great thing to have if you want to control the amount of rain your lawn or garden gets at a certain time. Although a sprinkler system can be a great tool, it does not come without some problems. A sprinkler system can get hit with problems and you will then have to troubleshoot it to try to find the problem. There are some common problems you might have with your sprinkler system and here is a great guide to help you find them and repair them.
If your lawn has a standing puddle of water then there might be a problem with a line in your sprinkler system. Often times a puddle in your yard will indicate that you have a leak in one of the pipes that run down into the sprinkler system. If this happens then you need to try to fix the leak by following a couple different steps. You want to shut off the water to the sprinkler system and then remove any standing water that has filled up in the line using a pump or squeegee tool. Dig up the ground around the pipe that is leaking and cut out the section of the pipe that is leaking. Insert a new piece of PVC pipe to fit the area you cut out and then glue it into place using cement designed for PVC piping. In order to make sure that the leak is fixed you should now turn the water back on. Fill in the hole and then your system should then be fixed with no leaks in the pipe.
If the water does not turn on then you need to check a few different things to see if there is a problem in the sprinkler system line. If you have an automatic timer then you need to check it to make sure that the time on it is set correctly to either morning or evening. Make sure all of your electrical connections are secure and connected and that there is no corrosion or frays on the wires. The water flow valve should be checked to see if there is water flowing from the sprinkler pump. The water flow valve should be located somewhere near your house and should help you determine that water is flowing properly. If that does not work then you need to check the electrical fuse box to make sure that it is turned on and that it is working. The fuse box should be located in your garage on a wall and it will be gray or white in color.
If you still do not have water flowing through the sprinkler system then it might be more complex and might be a clog in the main supply line. In order to fix the clog in the main supply line you need to take the cover off of the pump first. Once the cover is off then you can feed a wire snake into the line to try to dislodge the obstruction or possibly force it out through the supply line.
If you have water coming out of your sprinkler head but it is very light then there might be hard water build up or a clog in the PVC tube. You can fix this problem fairly quickly and it will not take a lot of energy. First thing you should do is turn off the sprinkler system and then remove the sprinkler head by unscrewing it from the attachment. Get some calcium remover from the home improvement store and then soak the sprinkler head in it. The calcium remover can be bought for about 10 dollars and it is something you should always have on hand if you have a sprinkler system. Once you have soaked it for a while you can then use a wire to unclog the PVC pipe that runs to the sprinkler head. Replace the sprinkler head back onto the attachment and secure it tightly and then turn the water back on. This should solve the problem of a mist coming through the sprinkler head and it should have unclogged the pipe of the hard water residue.