Are you a homeowner? Does your lawn currently have a sprinkler system? If you answered yes to both of these questions, something that you should be considering is how long it's been since you last had your system checked out by a professional. As with any other system, a sprinkler system isn't going to last indefinitely. Things like being stepped on or simply having the ground settle around it can lead to troubles in the future. But, since most of this type of system is buried beneath the ground, it can be hard to tell when repairs are needed. Some things that you should be watching for include:
Water stains: If there is enough water hitting the sidewalk or your fences to create one or more large stains, this is a massive sign that you are in need of a sprinkler repair. In some instances, this simply means realigning the sprinkler heads so that they are directed towards your lawn, but it could also mean that the sprinkler heads need to be completely replaced. After an inspection, a professional will be able to let you know what needs to be done and then perform the necessary actions so that your system works well once again.
Soggy areas: After your sprinklers have been on, there should be no areas that are soggier than any other areas. If you come home from work and most of your lawn is dry except one patch that appears to have a puddle in it, you probably need a sprinkler repair. There's a good chance that you have a leak in your sprinkler system that is allowing too much water to flow into the ground around the soggy area. Right now, it might not be too bad, but the excess moisture could also wind up killing your grass in the long run.
High water bills: Another sign that you might have a broken pipe somewhere in your sprinkler system is that you're getting higher water bills than normal. The ground above doesn't always get soggy when you are in need of a sprinkler repair; sometimes the ground is porous enough that the water goes straight down instead. Because of this, you might not notice anything amiss until you start getting water bills that are significantly higher than they used to be. Once you've ruled out leaks within your home, the next thing to do is to have a professional inspect your sprinkler system.
For more information about sprinkler and irrigation system repair, contact a company in your area like Noble Tree Service Inc.