If your lawn’s appearance seems to be suffering, it can be an indication that your sprinkler system isn’t operating at its full potential. With all the moving parts in these complex systems, it pays to have a professional assess the situation. Correcting small issues now can help prevent major repair or replacement costs in the future.

What is a Sprinkler System Inspection?

Sprinkler systems are incredibly convenient. They save time and effort, sparing you from dragging hoses around the yard on a daily basis. However, when something goes wrong it can be difficult to pinpoint the problem. Between multiple zones, underground lines and sprinkler heads scattered all over, deciding where to start is a challenge. These are some of the signs that your system might be in need of a checkup:

  • Uneven watering leading to dry patches or pooling water
  • A lack of water pressure
  • Overspraying or misdirected sprinkler heads
  • Dripping or leaking valves
  • System not running as programmed
  • An unusually high water bill

Certified AmeriSpec inspectors are experienced in the numerous components of a sprinkler system and can help pinpoint specific issues that are leading to wasted water and inefficiency. The first step in a sprinkler system inspection is to run through the watering cycle for every zone. Common problems inspectors look for include:

  • Cracked, broken or clogged sprinkler heads. These are some of the easiest to identify. A damaged sprinkler head may result in sputtering, inaccurate spray patterns or even water shooting straight up in the air.
  • Tilted or sunken sprinkler heads. Sometimes even a small change in the trajectory of a sprinkler head can have large impacts on your lawn. Inspectors are trained to spot these subtle differences and adjust accordingly.
  • Leaking pipes and valves. A thorough examination of all connection points helps determine if the water is going where it should be and nothing is getting lost along the way.
  • Leaks in the line. Even underground lines can be tested by monitoring your water meter. If you turn off all household water sources and still see unusual activity on the meter, it’s a strong indication there’s a significant leak somewhere in the system.
  • Disconnected wiring. If you’ve looked inside your sprinkler box, you know it can be a mess of wires. In some cases the solution to a non-operational system can be as simple as making the right connections.
  • Obstacles and overgrowth. Sometimes the system does its job too well and thriving plants can block the stream leading to issues elsewhere in the lawn.

Why a Sprinkler System Inspection is Important

For a sprinkler system to be most effective, all components need to be operating in sync. This includes everything from the controller and moisture sensors to the backflow preventer and shut-off valve. If one element is off, it can lead to bigger issues down the line. These are some of the biggest benefits you can get out of annual sprinkler system inspections.

  • Longer lifespan. With proper care and maintenance, a sprinkler system should last as long as 20 years. Repairing small components will support overall system health and longevity.
  • Healthy lawn and garden. Ensuring your sprinkler system works as a fine-tuned machine will keep your yard looking lush and save you time and money in additional landscaping work.
  • Less water waste. A healthy sprinkler system will reduce both your water bill and your environmental impact through less wasted water.

Benefits of Choosing AmeriSpec for Sprinkler System Inspections

When you choose AmeriSpec for your sprinkler system inspection, you can count on a highly-trained, professional inspector that will listen to your concerns and perform a comprehensive analysis of all key components.

AmeriSpec inspectors work around your schedule to minimize disruption to your daily life. After identifying any issues, our inspectors will provide a report and make recommendations on next steps for repairs to get your system running at full capacity.

In addition to sprinkler system inspections, our certified inspectors are qualified to help you with general home inspections and other specialty inspection needs. We evaluate more than 400 different points during the home inspection process to provide a comprehensive understanding of the property’s condition.

Find the Certified AmeriSpec Inspector Near You

If your sprinkler system isn’t living up to its full potential, it’s easy to find a certified AmeriSpec inspector near you who can perform a detailed inspection. We want to keep your lawn and garden looking green and help you protect the value of your property.

To learn more about sprinkler system inspections in your area, please get in touch and we will gladly answer all of your questions.