Sprinkler Repair | Sprinkler System Repair Colorado Springs
Since 1985, Peloquin Sprinklers & Landscaping has been Colorado Springs’ local family-owned and operated sprinkler repair service provider. Our team of experienced and insured technicians provides high-quality residential and commercial lawn sprinkler system repair services and is committed to keeping your sprinkler system running smoothly all year.
Our comprehensive repair services include sprinkler head replacement, pipe and valve leaks, vacuum breaker fixes and installation, new timers and controllers, and more. We work with well-known brands such as Rain Bird, Hunter, and Orbit and partner with professional part suppliers to ensure our customers receive the highest quality. With an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), over 38 years of experience, and being named one of the best Colorado Springs sprinkler providers by Exptertise.com, we are the repair professionals people can rely on. Call us at (719) 330-1451 to schedule your sprinkler repair appointment today.
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Common Sprinkler Problems in Colorado Springs
Due to Southern Colorado's dry climate and unpredictable winters, residents rely on sprinkler systems to keep their Kentucky (Pikes Peak) bluegrass lawns healthy and lush. However, even the most well-maintained systems might need help occasionally, similar to a car.
Common sprinkler problems Colorado Springs' homeowners encounter include lawn sprinklers refusing to turn off, faulty valves or timers, broken sprinkler heads and pipes, dry spots, insufficient water pressure, and the #1 issue, winter freeze damage since sudden weather changes could warrant winterizing the system at a moment's notice.
Why Is My Sprinkler System Not Working Properly?
Your sprinkler system may malfunction for various reasons, such as broken sprinkler heads or pipes, poor water pressure, blocked nozzles, defective valves, and wiring issues. Additionally, the system may have been installed incorrectly or maintained improperly. To troubleshoot the problem, it's best to start up the system and analyze while it's running. For example, a puddle of water in the yard after running the system for several minutes could indicate a sprinkler line leak.
Peloquin Sprinklers' technicians are trained to efficiently identify why your system is not working properly, which can save you time, money, and headaches on sprinkler system repairs.
Troubleshooting Your Sprinkler System
The troubleshooting process will look a little different for each system component. However, the process generally includes noting symptoms like low water pressure or leakage near a zone valve. Once you’ve isolated the issue, we recommend marking it with a utility flag or something similar and taking photos on your phone. Sharing these photos in advance will expedite the repair process if you hire a sprinkler professional to fix the problem. With our experience and expertise, Peloquin Sprinklers can quickly troubleshoot and address any issues with your sprinkler system to ensure your landscaping stays healthy and green.
If you're turning on your system for the first time this year (usually in the spring, around late April or early May for Colorado Springs residents), check out our sprinkler startup service page for more helpful information.
Sprinkler Head Replacement
Clogged sprinkler heads are a common reason why they’re not rising or spraying properly. Since heads are exposed to UV rays and outdoor elements, they will wear and corrode with time, especially value brands. Lawnmowers and dogs looking for a new chew toy can also result in a damaged irrigation head. Whatever the reason, fixing a broken sprinkler head as soon as possible is essential to avoid lawn dry spots or higher utility bills.
How to Replace a Broken Sprinkler Head
Here’s how to install a replacement sprinkler head by yourself:
For hard ground, soak it one or two days before you start digging.
Locate the valve that controls the water supply to the sprinkler system and turn it off.
Cut out the grass around the head and place it upside down so it doesn’t dry out. Use a trash bag or tarp to place the dirt on for easier cleanup. Dig the hole larger than you need and be extra careful not to get dirt in the sprinkler line, which could travel to other heads and cause more problems downstream.
Remove the old sprinkler head from the riser (plastic part that connects the head to the sprinkler line) counterclockwise until it comes off. If the head is hard to grab, you can use pliers.
Screw the replacement head into place and ensure it's fastened well to the riser.
If you accidentally get dirt in the line, remove the nozzle and screen from the head furthest away on the same sprinkler zone and turn on the water slowly to flush out any dirt and debris. Clean sprinkler heads are imperative.
Slowly turn on the water to test the new head. If necessary, adjust the spray pattern and the arc and distance. You can do so with a small screwdriver or special tool available from your local home improvement store.
While it's possible to replace a sprinkler head on your own, it's recommended that you hire a professional to do the job. Peloquin Sprinklers has the knowledge and experience to identify the correct type of sprinkler head for your system and ensure that it's installed at the proper height and angle for optimal coverage. Additionally, we can check for and troubleshoot any additional issues during the replacement process, saving you both time and money by avoiding potential mistakes and ensuring the sprinkler system functions properly.
Sprinkler Pipe Repair
PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and Polyethylene (Poly) pipes are popular options for sprinkler systems. PVC is typically white, and poly pipe is black, adaptable, and immune to corrosives. It's also a fantastic choice for colder climates because of its flexibility, which allows it to tolerate colder temperatures. Yet if water is still inside the pipes during a hard freeze (below 32 degrees Fahrenheit), it could expand and rupture. That's why properly winterizing your system is crucial to avoid expensive sprinkler line repairs.
How to Find Broken Sprinkler Pipes Underground
If a sprinkler pipe breaks underground, there are a few indicators that will help you pinpoint the problem. First, look around the lawn for puddles or wet and muddy areas. If a pipe is broken, water will pool in the soil around it. Second, check the sprinkler heads to see if they aren't working right. If they aren't, this could mean that a pipe is broken. Third, listen for hissing sounds coming from the ground. This could mean that water is escaping because of the pressure. You can also hire a professional sprinkler repair service with tools and experience to find the exact location of the broken pipe quickly.
How to Fix a Broken Sprinkler Pipe
PVC pipe is primarily used to build the sprinkler valve manifold in residential systems. This is where the water supply is split into different zones, each with its own sprinkler valve so that each zone can run independently. Meanwhile, poly pipes are made of soft and bendy plastic and transport water from the valve box to the sprinkler heads.
How to fix them: With a PVC pipe cutter, primer, and solvent cement, you can cut out and replace damaged sections of PVC pipe with special couplings. For a poly pipe, you can use compression fittings, which don't need glue, to join a new section of pipe to an old one.
Because PVC pipes and fittings are more expensive and require more time to install than poly materials, the repair cost is typically higher.
Sprinkler System Leak Causes and Detection
Damage to sprinkler heads, pipes, valves, fittings, freezing temperatures, and high water pressure can cause sprinkler system leaks. If you suspect your sprinkler system is leaking underground, look out for these above-ground signs: a gushing water spout, flooded areas between heads, or a sprinkler that doesn't spray as far as it used to. Other signs of an irrigation system leak include taller or darker grass around a sprinkler head, water dribbling over the curb, slimy fungus formation on the adjacent curb, or a fan-shaped sediment deposit on the sidewalk.
Smart irrigation systems can monitor for high and unexpected flow events and send you mobile alerts, which can help you act quickly by contacting the irrigation professionals at Peloquin Sprinklers to inspect your system and fix any leaks promptly.
Sprinkler Valve Replacement
A properly working sprinkler valve plays a significant role in controlling water flow to specific zones within an irrigation system. One of the leading causes of valve replacements in Colorado is improper system winterization which results in freeze damage. Signs of a bad valve include low water pressure, weak sprinkler head spraying, or standing water in or around the valve box.
If you notice any of these issues, addressing them promptly with a trusted sprinkler provider like Peloquin Sprinklers can help avoid further damage and higher repair costs.
How to Replace Sprinkler Valves
Unless your sprinkler system has freeze damage, you most likely don’t need to replace an entire valve, just the diaphragm or the solenoid. However, if you do need to install a new one, consider these tips:
Purchase the same brand and model. If your system is older, it may be difficult to find an exact match, in which case, consider contacting a sprinkler company for assistance.
Disconnect the wiring from the old valve and note where the low-voltage wires are attached.
Remove the old valve by cutting the PVC irrigation pipes below the old adapters.
Prepare the new valve by installing new PVC male adapters, tightening them with pliers, and applying PVC primer and solvent glue. If the new valve inserts are threaded, Teflon tape is also recommended to prevent leaks.
Once installed, connect the wiring to the new valve, turn the water back on, and check for leaks.
How to Replace a Sprinkler Valve Solenoid
A sprinkler's water pressure is controlled by a part called the sprinkler valve solenoid. By transmitting electrical signals to the sprinkler solenoid, sprinkler controllers modulate the water flow through the valve, allowing just enough water to pass to produce the required pressure. How much water comes from the sprinkler head and how far it goes depends on the pressure. When a solenoid isn't functioning correctly, it can cause several issues, including an endless supply of water, leaks, or low water pressure, which can cause brown patches on your lawn.
Below is a general guide on how to replace a sprinkler valve solenoid:
Switch off the sprinkler system's water source. This is a crucial step to avoid water leaks while replacing the sprinkler solenoid.
Carefully unplug the two wire connectors that are attached to the old solenoid.
Turn the sprinkler valve counterclockwise to remove the old solenoid. You might need a wrench to complete this, depending on how securely the solenoid is fastened.
Bring the faulty solenoid to your neighborhood home improvement store or sprinkler equipment provider for an exact replacement. Make sure you purchase the exact model and brand.
Install the replacement solenoid by rotating it clockwise onto the valve until it is hand-tight or snaps into place.
Attach the new solenoid's wires to the system wires as you did before using wire connectors. We recommend using waterproof wire connectors due to the snowfall in Colorado Springs.
Gradually restart the water supply to check the valve's functionality. If the sprinklers turn on and off as they should, you're done.
While replacing a sprinkler valve solenoid may appear straightforward, it's best to leave this task to a licensed and insured professional like Peloquin Sprinklers. We can ensure the job is done correctly and safely, preventing further damage to your sprinkler system.
Sprinkler Vacuum Breaker (Backflow Preventer)
Sprinkler vacuum breakers and backflow preventers prevent the backflow of water, which can contaminate a property's water supply. Residential sprinkler systems commonly use vacuum breakers due to lower backflow risks, but leaks can still occur due to damage, clogging, corrosion, improper installation, or wear and tear. They have internal parts, such as the bonnet and poppet, which can wear out, but improper winterization can also cause freezing and cracks.
If your sprinkler vacuum breaker is gushing water, repair it straightaway to prevent water waste and compromised backflow prevention by scheduling a service with our sprinkler experts today.
Sprinklers Won't Turn on With Timer
There are several possible reasons why sprinklers won't turn on with the timer. For one, it could be a power supply issue, so it's important to check if the controller is getting power and ensure that it is properly plugged in and that the circuit breaker for the sprinkler system is not tripped. Another possible reason is faulty wiring: inspect the wiring connections to the timer and the sprinkler system, check for any damaged or loose wires, and verify they are connected securely. Additionally, the timer itself could be malfunctioning or not programmed correctly: check the settings on the timer, check that it's programmed correctly, try a reset, and test it again.
If your sprinklers still don't turn on, contacting a professional sprinkler repair service may be best. Peloquin Sprinklers & Landscaping can diagnose and fix any issues with your sprinkler system, including power supply, faulty wiring, malfunctioning timer, etc.
Adjusting Sprinkler Heads
A poorly functioning sprinkler system can lead to uneven water distribution, dry patches, or, even worse, flooded areas and costly utility bills. We want your lawn to thrive, and that's why we are here to help. Our team of experts is ready to assist you in adjusting your sprinkler heads to ensure optimal water coverage for your yard to ensure your lawn is beautiful all year round, even as the weather changes. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, and let us help you achieve the perfect lawn you deserve.
How to Adjust Sprinkler Heads
You need to know the make and model before you can adjust the sprinkler heads, as there are many types, including impact/multi-trajectory sprinklers, pop-up sprinklers, rotor sprinklers, gear-driven rotors, and stationary sprinklers. No matter which kind, using the appropriate equipment, such as a rotor nozzle adjustment tool, slotted screwdriver, rotor screwdriver, or hex wrench, will make the adjustment process smoother.
The spray radius adjustment screw is at the top of the nozzle on stationary heads. The water spray directed at your grass may need to be adjusted. If the spray head releases too much water, turn the screw counterclockwise to reduce the pressure.
You might need to modify the radius and spray arc for rotor sprinkler heads. A set screw secures the rotor heads in place. Turn the spray head to the left, look for the "plus" and "minus" marks, place the adjustment tool into the keyhole, and turn to change the arc for gear-driven rotors. You can also examine your manufacturer's instructions to modify the head since they vary by brand and model.
Pop-up sprinkler heads must be adjusted while the sprinkler is in operation. The nozzle's adjustment screw can be turned by using a flat-head screwdriver. Turning the screw in a counterclockwise direction will widen the spray pattern. Turn the screw clockwise to reduce the spray pattern's width. If the nozzle is variable, you can change the stem and arc pattern to cover the necessary spray distance.
For pulsating sprinkler heads, adjust the speed of the water output by pushing the tabs on the nozzle. Turn the sprinklers on to be sure that they are all working. Adjust the spray distance on each head, considering sidewalks and driveways. Rotary sprinklers may go full circle, so adjust how much they turn.
Be careful changing nozzles because if you exceed the system’s water volume, the heads won't spray as far because the system’s water distribution is unbalanced.
How Much Does a Sprinkler Repair Cost?
When it comes to the cost of sprinkler repairs, it's essential to understand the factors involved. With their specialized expertise, reputable sprinkler companies typically charge per hour for labor and the cost of parts. Charging a one-time service fee in the final bill is common, covering overhead expenses such as insurance, travel time, and fuel. While it may be tempting to hire technicians without insurance to avoid these fees, it is not advisable. Reputable businesses prioritize ethical practices and maintain insurance coverage to protect their employees and homeowners.
The duration of a sprinkler repair can vary, with basic repairs typically taking 1-2 hours. However, it's worth noting that the problem may be underground, such as a burst pipe, requiring additional time to pinpoint. Experienced technicians rely on a calculated process of elimination to expedite the repair process. Major repairs, especially those resulting from winter freeze damage, such as replacing a backflow preventer and soldering copper pipes, are more expensive due to the increased labor and cost of parts involved.
Our company is one of the longest-standing sprinkler companies in Colorado Springs, known for our exceptional expertise and experience. While our services are competitively priced, the cost of sprinkler repairs ultimately depends on the type and extent of the repair needed. Similar to car repairs, it can range from as little as $149 to $1,000 or more.
For more information or questions, please call us at (719) 330-1451.
Benefits of Working with Peloquin Sprinklers
Peloquin Sprinklers & Landscaping is fully licensed and insured, and we're proud to have earned an A+ BBB rating. Our team of experts has extensive knowledge and experience in sprinkler system repairs, and we're committed to providing the best possible service in Colorado Springs. We pay close attention to detail throughout the repair process and are always available to answer questions and advise on properly maintaining your system. By choosing our family-owned and operated business, you can expect excellent customer service and craftsmanship to help keep your lawn well-watered and happy.
Ranked Top 10 in Local Irrigation and Sprinkler Companies
We are thrilled to have been selected as one of the top 10 Best Irrigation & Sprinkler Companies in Colorado Springs by Expertise.com. Out of 87 companies, we demonstrated exceptional performance in availability, qualifications, reputation, experience, and professionalism. Our years of practical know-how and education in the industry have made us masters of our craft, and we are honored to be recognized as leaders in our industry.
Emergency Sprinkler Repair
Are you facing an emergency sprinkler repair problem and worried about potential damage to your property? You can count on Peloquin Sprinklers for all your emergency sprinkler repair needs. We understand the urgency of the situation and will do everything in our power to provide you with immediate assistance. If you have an emergency repair, please call us at 719-330-1451. Until our team arrives onsite, we recommend turning off the water to your system and manually watering until the repair can be performed.
What is a sprinkler irrigation system?A residential sprinkler irrigation system is a network of pipes and sprinklers that water lawns, gardens, and landscaping. Controlled by a timer or controller, they offer several benefits, including water conservation, convenience, and increased plant growth. Residential systems include stationary, rotating, and drip systems, which can be customized to meet specific watering needs and automated for ease of use. To install or maintain a residential sprinkler irrigation system, it's best to consult with a professional irrigation specialist or landscaper in your area.
How much does the sprinkler irrigation system cost?A quality residential sprinkler irrigation system in Colorado Springs costs $4,000 - $5,000 on average, while commercial systems can cost upwards of $10,000. Factors that affect the cost include the size of the area to be watered, the number of sprinkler zones, the type of system, sprinkler heads, controller or timer, water efficiency, labor costs, and obstacles, such as limited access or rocky terrain. Although the cost may seem high, a sprinkler irrigation system offers long-term benefits such as water conservation, increased property value, and healthier lawns and plants. Request a free estimate from our irrigation specialists for a more accurate estimate based on your property's specific needs.
How to protect my sprinkler system during the winter?To protect your sprinkler system during the winter in Colorado Springs, follow these steps: Turn off the water supply: Before the first freeze, turn off the water supply to your sprinkler system. This will prevent water from freezing in the pipes and causing damage. Drain the system: Once you've turned off the water supply, drain the system completely. This includes draining the main valve and any backflow prevention devices or other components. Blow out the sprinkler system: To remove any remaining water from the pipes, use a compressor to blow out the sprinkler system. This is a critical step for most sprinkler systems, as even a small amount of water left in the system can cause pipes to freeze and burst. Insulate the pipes: If your sprinkler system has copper or PVC pipes above ground, consider insulating them to protect them from the cold. You can use foam insulation sleeves or wrap the pipes with heat tape. Shut off the controller: Make sure to shut off the controller that operates the sprinkler system. This will prevent it from turning on accidentally during the winter. Keep an eye on the weather: Check the weather forecast regularly and be prepared to take additional precautions if temperatures are expected to drop significantly. By taking these precautions, you can prevent costly damage to your sprinkler system and ensure it functions properly in the spring. Feel free to contact our knowledgeable team for more detailed information on protecting your sprinkler system during the winter.
How much does it cost to repair a sprinkler system?The cost to repair a sprinkler system in Colorado Springs can vary depending on several factors, such as: Type of repair: The cost will depend on the type of repair needed. A simple repair, such as replacing a broken sprinkler head, will be less expensive than a major repair, such as fixing a broken pipe or replacing multiple sprinkler valves. Labor: Labor costs depend on the repair's complexity and the contractor's hourly rate. We charge an hourly rate, service fee, and parts and materials. Parts and materials: The cost of parts and materials will depend on the type and quality of the components used in the repair. We only use high-quality products from our local suppliers for residential and commercial irrigation systems. Size of the system: The size of the system will also affect the cost. Larger systems will generally be more expensive to repair. System age: The age of a sprinkler system can be a factor in the cost of a repair in Colorado Springs. Older systems may require more extensive repairs and may have outdated components that are more difficult to replace, increasing the overall cost. Conversely, newer systems may have readily available replacement parts and require less extensive repairs, resulting in lower costs. As a rough estimate, the cost to repair a sprinkler system in Colorado Springs can range from $149 to $1,000 or more.
Is a sprinkler system more effective than drip irrigation?The effectiveness of a sprinkler system versus drip irrigation depends on the specific needs and conditions of the area being watered. Sprinkler systems are generally best suited for larger areas and can cover more distances than drip irrigation. They are also useful for watering lawns and other areas where water needs to be distributed evenly. Drip irrigation, on the other hand, is more efficient and water-saving than sprinkler systems. It delivers water directly to the root zone of plants, minimizing evaporation and runoff. Drip irrigation is ideal for small areas, such as gardens, and for watering individual plants or rows of plants. A combination of both is common in residential sprinkler systems, depending on the specific needs of the area being watered. Our professional irrigation specialists can help determine which system or combination of systems is best suited for a particular area.