When you own a home with a sprinkler system and have had a home without one, you can appreciate the benefits of having a sprinkler system. A sprinkler system is a difference between having a dead lawn versus a green one. A sprinkler system reduces your water bill, water used, and time that you would have spent moving the hose around in the back. There really is no way going back once you have had a sprinkler system. I had a neighbor with a corner lot that I always saw out in his yard watering his lawn. He was always there. I asked him if he thought about getting a sprinkler system to save him some time. He said he enjoyed the extra workout he gets from moving the hose around. If you are like me, that is just insane. My time is precious and much better spent doing other things.
Now, what about sprinkler problems after a while? Yes like everyone else, I have needed a sprinkler repair time or two. The best thing about these sprinkler systems is that they make them so durable that they rarely need any repair. I bought my sprinkler system over eight years ago, and they have only had to repair it two times in those eight years. I do get my spring tune-up every spring allowing my sprinkler technician to check every aspect of my sprinkler system from zone to zone to ensure no leaks, appropriate spray, not clogged heads, soggy spots, or any other symptom my sprinkler system was acting a fool.
The only extra thing I have done is sprinkler winterization. I get this done when the weather starts to drop and the grass is in hibernation mode anyway. The best time to winterize your sprinkler system is before temperatures are below freezing. A sprinkler guy will come out and blow all the water out of my system to ensure no water is left to freeze, expand, and break those pipes. That would be a nightmare to fix and fortunately never had my pipes burst. This is one service I would never forget.
The two sprinkler problems I have ever had was a clogged sprinkler head on two different occasions. This problem was presented with what they call a sprinkler head cold. Get it?! The sprinkler head acts like it has a cold and has signs of coughing and sputters as it tries to operate in that zone. A clogged sprinkler head occurs when dirt and other debris migrate into the sprinkler head. When the system is running, it is unable to bypass this obstruction and results in a reduced spray, decreased grass watering, and a sputtering sound when trying to function. When this was occurring, I let it go on for a couple of weeks. My grass by that sprinkler head started to die. The sprinkler guy told me the sprinkler head is clogged and was underwatering my lawn in that area. It was just one patchy area where the sprinkler head should have sprayed. Once he cleared the obstruction in the sprinkler head, my sprinkler system was back to functioning the way it used too.