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Uncovering What's Wrong With Your Facilities Irrigation System

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

watering lawn with sprinklers An irrigation system is necessary for a commercial property’s beauty and curb appeal

Uncovering What's Wrong With Your Facilities Irrigation System

The irrigation system of your commercial property looks like a simple system of connected pipes, which it is. Still, there are several components that contribute to the effectiveness of that system. As most water damage experts in Hollywood Lakes, FL, will attest, uncovering the cause of a problem in your sprinkler system is trial and error. However, there are a few common problems that help diagnose an issue right away.

  • Electrical problem
  • Lawn sinkage
  • Flood

Electrical Problem
Widespread irrigation problems, like entire sections failing, are often the result of an electrical problem. The primary power hub for your system includes timers, valves, solenoids, and many wires, and if any of these components fail, it can lead to a widespread outage or failure.

Lawn Sinkage
Dips or sinkage in your property’s lawn is another sign of an irrigation system problem. If you notice one area not presenting with standard water pressure or spray and a small or sizable sunken area, you may have a broken pipe. Most sprinkler systems use plastic tubing to connect the sprinkler heads to the water supply, which is not the sturdiest material. Too much foot traffic can lead to breaks in the lines, which lead to underground flooding and soil displacement, causing the lawn to sink.

A flood somewhere on your property can imply a broken sprinkler head. Another common problem, broken heads can occur during routine landscape or property use. Most sprinklers lift above the grass to water and retreat underneath once watering finishes. Some heads, however, do not sink low enough, leading to lawnmowers or people damaging the heads, which then cause flooding when the system is engaged.

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