Why Do Your Sprinkler Heads Keep Clogging?

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A well-designed sprinkler system provides just enough water for your lawn without wasting resources or causing more harm by overwatering. This approach is a good way to ensure a healthy, vibrant yard, but it also means that small problems can quickly lead to serious issues. Reduced water flow from one or more sprinklers can create brown patches or cause other health problems for your grass.

Unfortunately, it's not always easy to spot clogged sprinklers. While a sprinkler that won't spray is usually fairly obvious, clogs don't always stop water flow entirely. This situation can result in inconsistent coverage, uneven watering, and an inefficient system. If cleaning the nozzles doesn't help, or if the problem keeps returning, your sprinkler system may have a serious issue.

When Should You Worry?

It's not particularly unusual for sprinkler heads to become clogged, especially if your sprinklers are relatively old or you haven't taken steps to maintain the system. If a single sprinkler head clogs up, a good first step is to remove it and attempt to clean the nozzle. This strategy should generally work, but you'll want to monitor the sprinkler head for more signs of additional trouble for a few weeks.

On the other hand, multiple clogs are usually indicative of a deeper problem. If it's only a few of your sprinkler heads, there's no harm in cleaning them and re-evaluating after a few days or weeks. However, it's time to start worrying when you notice many of your sprinkler heads clogging, nozzles clog up again quickly, or cleaning the nozzles doesn't resolve the issue.

What Causes Persistent Issues With Clogging?

Persistent issues with clogging almost always point to an underlying water quality issue, but the source of that issue may not be easy to determine. For example, hard water may cause scale and minerals to build up within the system over time, resulting in frequent clogs. Cleaning the nozzles may not help since there may be substantial mineral content in the sprinkler plumbing.

Damaged or broken sprinkler plumbing is another possible culprit. If there's an underground break in your sprinkler line, the pipes may pick up dirt or debris from the surrounding area. This debris can travel to the sprinkler heads, causing clogs or damage. Any other contaminants that enter the system are likely culprits, as well.

How Can You Address Sprinkler Clogs?

If cleaning doesn't resolve your clogs, it's best to contact an expert for a more detailed inspection and diagnosis. While you can attempt to hunt down the problem yourself, addressing the underlying issue may be more complex than you think. Finding a break in your sprinkler plumbing can often be very challenging, and without proper diagnosis, you may end up chasing something that doesn't even exist.

In the long run, working with a professional is a timely and cost-effective way to find the underlying problem causing your sprinklers to clog. Once you locate the issue, you can develop a solution to repair the problem before your clogged sprinklers cause any additional damage to your lawn.

To learn more, contact a sprinkle repair service in your area.


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