For many Florida homeowners in West Palm Beach, having the convenience of an automated irrigation system is a cost-effective and time saving solution for maintaining an attractive and healthy yard. However, an aging system or one that is not properly maintained can create harmful impact to your lawn, causing your water bill to skyrocket.
While some irrigation problems can be easily fixed by a homeowner, it’s often wiser (and easier) to seek a professional to help maintain the integrity of your sprinkler system. While the DIY approach cuts down on the expense of fixing your sprinkler system, issues dealing with electrical components or a lot of digging are extremely labor intensive, and if not treated with care, can potentially lead to injury.
Listed below are three instances that mean it’s probably time to give your local sprinkler contractor in West Palm Beach a call:
Valve leaks – Eventually, the seals in the piping of your system become worn with time. If water continues to flow from a sprinkler head long after the system has been off, the cause is more than likely a leak in the valve. Be on the lookout for moss or algae growth on the sidewalk or standing puddles of water near the lowest portion of your lawn as an additional sign of a valve leak. Professional contractors have the knowledge and expertise to deal with the electrical/water components of a compromised valve.
Broken Pipes – This problem is often harder to detect than most, especially if the pipe is located under plant material or bark. These covered areas may appear washed away, or a small hole may form where water is accumulating. You may also hear a hissing sound, indicating a leak. The complicated aspect of replacing a pipe is ensuring that soil does not enter the sprinkler system, as it can clog and damage the sprinkler heads. Coupled with an excessive amount of digging and the need for some specialty tools, this job is best left to a professional.
Design problems – Whether you are modifying the landscape of your yard, or there was an initial flaw in design with your previous contractor, it is best to seek out a professional to help accommodate the necessary changes to your automatic irrigation system. From repositioning the location to adjusting the length of the sprinklers, a reputable contractor will prevent any blockage caused by plant life and ensure that your yard is completely covered when watered.