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Water pressure is a critical factor that affects the performance of a sprinkler system. A sprinkler system with low water pressure can lead to uneven watering, resulting in dry spots in some areas of your lawn or garden and overwatered areas in others. Therefore, it’s essential to understand the causes of low water pressure and how to diagnose and fix the problem.
One of the most common causes of low water pressure in a sprinkler system is clogged or damaged sprinkler heads. Over time, sprinkler heads can become clogged with dirt, debris, or grass clippings, preventing water from flowing freely. Additionally, sprinkler heads can become damaged due to lawn equipment or severe weather conditions, which can also cause water pressure issues.
To check for clogged or damaged sprinkler heads, start by examining the heads for any visible signs of damage, such as cracks or chips. Then, remove the head and check for any debris or blockages that may be impeding water flow. If you find any debris, clean it out and replace the head if it’s damaged.
Another cause of low water pressure in a sprinkler system is a malfunctioning valve. A valve that isn’t fully open can restrict water flow and reduce water pressure. To check for a malfunctioning valve, start by locating the valve and ensuring it’s fully open. If the valve appears to be working correctly, move on to check the system for leaks.
A leak in a sprinkler system can cause low water pressure as well as other issues, such as water waste and higher utility bills. To check for a leak, start by turning off all of the sprinkler heads and watching the water meter for any movement. If the meter continues to run, it’s an indication that there’s a leak somewhere in the system. You can then inspect the system for any visible signs of a leak, such as standing water or soggy ground.
If you’re unable to locate the source of the low water pressure in your sprinkler system or if you’re not comfortable working on the system yourself, it’s best to call in a professional. Our professional sprinkler technician at Sprinkler Master Reno can quickly diagnose and fix any issues with your sprinkler system, helping to keep your lawn and garden healthy and green. (775) 387-0519