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What Should I Do With A Damaged Sprinkler System?

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Common Causes for Damaged Sprinkler Systems

There are a variety of things that can happen to your sprinkler during the winter. While this winter provided plenty of warm spells to Somerset County, you could still find issues when you turn your sprinklers on for the first time. Here are some of the things we find when we do irrigation maintenance and how you can potentially identify these issues. With any of the issues below, it’s best to call a professionally licensed company like us to handle repair.

Broken Sprinkler Line

How to Identify Broken Sprinkler Lines

Broken sprinkler lines can be caused by compacting soil putting pressure on the line. This can be from animals getting into the line, or growing roots from a tree. Look for a reduction of water pressure between two sprinkler heads or no water coming out from them. This means that there is a leak somewhere between them.

If you do see lower water pressure, put caps on your sprinkler heads in that zone and run them again once your grass dries. If you notice extremely soggy and muddy soil where the pipe is, this could mean you have a broken sprinkler line.

Stuck Valves

Stuck Sprinkler Valve

You notice that one or more sprinkler heads are still running after the rest of your system is shut off. Debris like small rocks may be blocking the valve from closing and shutting off the water flow. You’ll want to ensure that your water is turned off to avoid further damage to your sprinkler system before we come in to fix it. We’ll typically open the valve and clean it with a small cloth. Valves usually won’t need to be replaced unless there is damage to the spring or the diaphragm. If you prefer to do this yourself, Hunter offers instructions on how to clean your own valves.

Burst Sprinkler Pipe


Most of the time, this is caused by an improperly done sprinkler winterization. It’s best to call us for a burst pipe, as it can be a hefty repair. You’ll know if you have a burst pipe when you notice ponding and puddles forming around the area where the pipe burst. Next fall, hire a professional to ensure that your sprinkler system is blown out using compressed air. This is what we do to ensure that no water gets left behind and freezes during the winter. Should you need to replace your current system with new products, we can help you find the best ones to fit your needs. 

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