Don’t Touch That Wire!: When to DIY and When to Call a Professional
Sometimes the temptation to tackle a home repair situation is too great to resist. After all, you can save yourself some money and it’ll only require watching a YouTube video or two, right? Not so fast. If you’re having problems with your irrigation system, let us give you some words of wisdom before you do further damage to your Spring Hill Lawn.
When It’s Okay to DIY
In some cases, sprinkler system repairs are simple. If you’re handy and have the time, consider handling the following repairs on your own:
- Replacing Sprinkler Heads — If you have a broken sprinkler head (a water geyser is your first indication), remove the dud and take it to your local hardware store to ensure that you get the correct part. When you’re ready to tackle the job, simply dig up enough earth to give yourself work space then screw the new sprinkler head in. Whatever you do, make sure the head is aimed in the right direction so it hits the correct part of your lawn.
- Fixing a Broken Pipe — Broken pipes are pretty easy to repair provided that you don’t let soil get inside the pipes. As with a sprinkler head, you’ll want to take a piece of the pipe to the hardware store so you’re sure to get the correct size. If extendable pipes aren’t available, you’ll need some couplers, too. Before you begin, be sure to turn your sprinkler system off so water doesn’t flow as you work on the pipes. Use a hacksaw to cut away the broken or cracked pipe, and use logic and some plumber’s tape to install the new piece.
When It’s Time to Call Us
Broken pipes and sprinkler heads are the most common problems associated with automated irrigation systems. There are other problems, however, that are better left to the professionals.
- Repairing Leaky Valves — In most cases, a leaky valve needs to be replaced. Since doing so requires working with electricity and water, let a licensed irrigation specialist take care of it for you.
- Mending Cut Wires — This is another common problem with underground sprinkler systems. All it takes is being a little rough while you’re digging up a root; the next thing you know, you’ve got a severed wire situation. Do not — repeat — do NOT try to repair this yourself. Anything involving electricity should be handled by a professional.
Challenger Irrigation is available to help you with any sprinkler repairs, even those you can handle on your own. A good rule of thumb is to call us any time you’re in doubt. We have over two decades of helping Hernando County residents maintain their irrigation systems as well as their lush Florida lawns. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.