Sprinkler System Troubleshooting

Malfunctions with a properly installed sprinkler system should be an exception rather than the rule.  Most problems are obvious and involve no more than adjusting a water pattern by twisting the pop up head.  However, with leaks or nonfunctioning zones, you may require more extensive sprinkler system troubleshooting. You can begin to troubleshoot the problem by doing the following:

  • Always proceed with the timer first and then follow the water flow.
  • It may sound obvious but be sure to check the timer for power and programming.  I have saved many customers a service call simply by asking this question.
  • Check the zone control valves
  • Check for sprinklers leaks
  • Check for plumbing leaks

The 5 most common problems that occur with sprinkler systems are:sprinkler system troubleshooting

  1. The timer not connected to the power supply
  2. Clogged sprinkler heads
  3. Lawn equipment damage
  4. Incorrect programming on timer
  5. Water supply not turned on

Your system will get a lot of use this summer, so make sure you have a basic knowledge of how to prevent problems and, in case a problem does occur, understand some of the basics of sprinkler system troubleshooting.