Imagine waking up one morning, grabbing a cup of coffee, and taking your first step outside only to find large puddles in your lawn where there should be thin and tidy arcs of water flowing from your sprinkler heads. It goes without saying that your sprinkler system has a problem. If you find that your sprinkler heads won’t pop-up, you could be dealing with a host of different issues. Fortunately, there are things that you can check on your own to try and identify the issue.
Check Your Sprinkler Head Valves
If your sprinkler heads won’t pop up, you could have pressure issue on your hands. If it’s the start of the year, you may just need to readjust your main pressure valve after having it off for most of the winter. Make sure to open the valve slowly to avoid water hammer- a leaking of air into the pipes that can cause severe damage within your system. Many of these valves open and close automatically. Additionally, a screw or nut is usually located on the valve, but be sure not to remove it as you open the valve.
If your main pressure valve is completely open and your sprinkler heads still won’t pop up, you’ll need to keep troubleshooting. If you can access them, check the individual valves for each sprinkler line, checking a functional line first to get an understanding of what to look for, then moving on to the line with the damaged sprinkler heads. Ensure this valve is open and not clogged with debris.
Check Your Sprinkler Heads for Debris
Your sprinkler heads are, after all, in the ground and the ground contains dirt! Sand, rocks and soil can all make their way into your sprinkler system, despite even our best efforts to keep it out. Having your system flushed each winter and spring is the best way to keep your system clear.
Don’t be fooled though, checking for and removing debris is something that you can do yourself. If you notice that there’s only one or two sprinkler heads that won’t pop up, there’s a good chance that you’re dealing with debris in the sprinklers themselves. If they are only partially out of their inlet with the system on, gently push sprinkler down with your foot. Repeat this four or five times or until the sprinkler pops all the way up. Sand and debris can be easily flushed from the system doing this.
Check the Mechanics of your Sprinkler Heads
Sprinkler systems and heads are definitely hardy, but a lawnmower blade will still do some serious damage! A damaged head or inlet, the area where the head retracts to after watering, could cause your sprinkler heads not popping up. Ensure that plastic or components are not missing or damaged in these areas.
Sprinkler Heads Not Popping Up Can Be Caused By Overall Water Pressure Drop
Contact your local water utility and ask if the water pressure has changed in your area. Perhaps they are doing some construction that has temporarily changed your pressure. Are you using well water? Well, there’s the added chance that the pump for your well could be overwhelmed or even damaged. If you’ve tried all of these things and still can’t get your sprinkler system in working order, call us today and we’ll send out one of our professionals, eager to help you with all of your sprinkler servicing needs.