Irrigation Kelowna - Most the irrigation system is buried underground. Thus, fixing any kind of irrigation system will surely be very difficult. It is common to have to do some digging when trouble shooting and repairing irrigation problems. Knowing the basics of how the system works as well as troubleshooting the simplest parts first could save both time and money. This can even help keep the digging to a minimum.
The first part of the repair process, is to find out where the irrigation system is failing. Typically, lawn sprinkler systems have 3 main parts: the controller, the sprinkler heads and the valves. Fixing the sprinkler head and controller are usually the easier steps along with the trouble shooting. First, check the controller to make certain that power is being received. Normally, the issue could be solved by replacing the batteries in the controller. Sometimes it is as simple as repairing the outlet which it is plugged into. Then, you should inspect the sprinkler heads. These are usually very vulnerable to damage as they are exposed regularly to lawn equipment and foot traffic.
Prior to carrying out any type of irrigation system repair, it is recommended to cut off the supply of water. The majority of irrigation systems include a double check valve which is situated between the source of water and the home. This particular valve has two purposes: to stop water from flowing in the wrong direction, which can potentially flood the home. Secondly, the valve acts as a shut off for the water supply to the sprinkler system without disconnecting the water to the house.
When a damaged sprinkler head has been located, after the water has been shut off, the next step is to utilize a small hand trowel to gently get rid of the dirt surrounding it. The sprinkler head is connected to a connector piece which is round in shape called a riser, which is typically 2 to 6 inches in length or 5 to 15 cm long. Then, the riser is attached to the PVC pipe which the water flows through. Both the riser and the sprinkler head should easily screw off. The riser may not have to be replaced if it is not damaged. Next, screw a new sprinkler head in the riser. Finally, try out the system by turning on the water. If the new sprinkler head works with no issues, the irrigation system repair is officially done.
If the sprinkler heads don't seem damaged and the water controller is working fine then extensive digging might be considered necessary. The problem might be situated in the electrical lines that run to the controller from the valves, or the valves themselves. Make certain to turn off the water prior to trying any of these irrigation system repairs. Moreover, make sure that the controller is disconnected from its power source in order to avoid the dangerous possibility of electric shock.
As instructed by the controller, the valves are utilized to turn the water off and on. The valves are normally located strategically all around the yard. The sprinkler wires are electrical lines that run to the controller from the valves. These wires are typically buried. In order to check for breaks in the line, they should be dug up. Some of the main damage which occurs to these lines is because of underground critters such as gophers which chew through the insulating coating and expose or damage the wires. You should utilize caution when digging up sprinkler wires because they can easily be damaged with sharp-bladed shovels.
If upon checking, all of the wires appear to be intact, the valves are the next item that needs to be inspected. Valves are also buried underground. They also are covered with PVC pipes. Once the valve box has been removed, the valve must screw off the PVC pipe rather simply. In the valve, you can locate the solenoid. The solenoid acts as the valve's electric brain. The solenoid can be replaced in the valve by wiring it to the sprinkler wire if the valve itself appears to be undamaged. This is much more difficult than buying a replacement valve with the new solenoid already enclosed. Once the valve or solenoid has been replaced, turn the water and the power back on. Test the system to make certain it is working. When any issues continue, it may be better to consult with a plumbing expert.
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