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14 Feb 2022

Sprinkler Head Won’t Pop Up

 

 

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What to do if a Sprinkler Head Doesn’t Come Up

 

Check for Debris

 

If you have a sprinkler head that won’t pop up, there might be something you can do to quickly remedy the problem. Some common problems are a leak in the sprinkler pipe, a clogged sprinkler head, dirt in

the body, a cracked sprinkler, or even just grass growing over the sprinkler head too far.

To start off, make sure there’s no grass or dirt covering the sprinkler head. Remove grass from the sprinkler head, and turn on the water to the zone with the problematic sprinkler head. Press the sprinkler 

head down while water is on, and  wiggle it around a bit to see if you can break it free from any debris. It might help to try to grab the head with your hands and pul it up as well. This helps break any debris from the sprinkler and it should get washed out by the water pressure.

If that doesn’t fix it, check the nozzle of the sprinkler head. If there’s any debris that you can obviously see, try to gently pry it out.

 

Check for a Broken Sprinkler

It’s also very common to have a broken sprinkler head. They’re pretty easy to find as well. Look for cracks in the housings, or heads, or plastic pieces around the sprinkler head. If a sprinkler head is broken, they usually have to just be replaced. We have a video linked in the description that goes over how to easily replace a broken sprinkler head.

 

 

Check for Low Pressure

If these haven’t solved your issue, it’s probably low water pressure. The easiest fix for this is to make sure that all of the valves and flow controls are completely open. If only 1 zone has low pressure, check the flow control on the automatic valve. 

Low pressure on a zone or a specific sprinkler head could also be a leak in the water line. The easiest way to see if it’s a leak and to find where the leak is, look for a place in your lawn or yard that’s wet and muddy or lower than the rest of the ground around it. Random wet or green spots in your yard could definitely be the spot where a leak is. 

 

Repair the PVC Line

Repairing a leak can be a lot more complicated, and we recommend calling professionals to repair sprinkler lines. If you want to see if Sprinkler Master offers services in your area, visit sprinklermaster.repair, or the link right here. If you’re in an area where we are, we’d be happy to come help you repair a sprinkler line.

If you want to try to replace the sprinkler line, you do it at your own risk. Contractors that are insured are the much safer option. We’re not responsible for any damages you cause to your home by trying to repair or dig out a sprinkler line. But if you’d like to learn how to repair a PVC or Funny pipe line, CLICK HERE to find videos that can help. 

 

Water Source

If none of these work, it might just be a problem with the water coming into your home. If it’s been a long-term problem, you might have to resort to using low pressure sprinkler heads, or splitting your sprinkler zones. Again, we highly recommend using a professional to install a pump for you. 

 

If the issue is relatively new and isn’t caused by new construction of homes in the town or additions or changes you’ve made to your sprinkler system, it’s possible that your pressure vacuum breaker needs to be repaired or replaced, or a main line isn’t on all the way. If it’s only one zone in your system that’s got low pressure, double check the automatic valve’s flow control is completely open, and look closely for signs of a pipe leak somewhere on that zone. Another possibility is a tree root may be squeezing one of your pipes, reducing water flow. If you know of a sprinkler pipe running by a tree, you may have to dig up the pipe around the tree and cut and splice a new piece of pipe away from the tree roots.

 

Get the Sprinkler Masters on the Job

If you want professional, licensed and insured help with your sprinkler system, Click Here to find out if Sprinkler Master offers services near you. If you need advice or help on something, comment below. We’d be happy to respond, or even make a video to help you with your problem with your sprinklers.

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11 Feb 2022

Troubleshoot Automatic Valves

How do I know if my sprinkler valve is bad?

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Sprinkler systems may seem a little complicated at first. There’s wires, and pipes, and they can all seem like they’re tangled together like spaghetti. It’s hard to make sense of it, sometimes.

 

When an issue comes up in your sprinkler system, it can be difficult to diagnose and find the problem. If you think you might have a problem with a sprinkler valve, we’ll go over:

 

  • What and where is a sprinkler valve
  • How to diagnose a sprinkler valve
  • How to fix a valve

 

What is an Automatic Sprinkler Valve?

Sprinkler valves are usually found in the sprinkler manifolds in your system. These are most often found in the green boxes buried around your yard. Inside these boxes, you’ll see an array of pipes and fittings with little black valves. On those black valves, you should see a cylinder rising out of the top of each valve, and wires running out of the cylinder. This black valve with the black cylinder is the electrically automated sprinkler valve. Complicated as they may seem, it’s usually not hard to find -and fix- the problem.

 

Diagnosing the Problem:

 

There can be a few giveaways that a problem is almost certainly your sprinkler valve. This includes:

  • Sprinkler Zone not turning on consistently
  • Sprinkler Zone not turning off
  • Water leaking through sprinklers after zone is off
  • Sprinkler not turning on at all

If you look in the valve box, there’s a few things you can look for to easily find a few problems.

 

Inspect the Sprinkler Valve

 

First, look for any leaks. If there’s water in the valve box, particularly if the sprinkler zone hasn’t been run in a while, this could mean either there’s a crack in the sprinkler valve, or in the pipes immediately around the valves. Try turning off your main water shut-off valve for the sprinkler system, and let the box drain out. When the box is mostly drained, inspect each sprinkler valve and all the pipes. Look for cracks or punctures in all the plastics. Carefully make sure that all of the fittings are tightly secured as well, as these can loosen and leak water, causing pressure issues. While you’re here, make sure the bleeder screw, pictured below, is tightened all the way.

 

If you haven’t found any visible cracks or leaks, try turning the water back on, and going back to the box. Listen and watch for water drops. If you can see any water dripping out of a pipe, make note of where, and turn off the system again to make repairs.

 

Finding problems by Actuating the Valve

 

If you still haven’t found any issues, we’ll move on to actuating the valve itself. This is a good time to grab someone to help, if you haven’t already.

First, take the flow control, that’s the screw in the picture below (not all valves have this, so if yours doesn’t, skip this step). All you’re going to do is tighten this all the way clockwise, then loosen it all the way counterclockwise. Repeat this a few times.  This can help work dirt and debris loose from the diaphragm inside. When you’ve loosened and tightened fully, loosen it all the way counterclockwise and we’ll move on to the next step.

 

Now, put your hand on the solenoid. That’s the black cylinder poking out of the top. Rotate this about a quarter turn counterclockwise. This should activate the sprinkler valve, and allow water to pass through freely. If it does, tighten the solenoid again. This should turn off the sprinkler zone again. Put your hand on the valve, and listen. If you feel or hear water trickling through the valve when the solenoid is screwed all the way in, and the bleeder screw is tightened all the way, it might be time to rebuild or replace the automatic valve.

 

If the sprinkler has worked perfectly through the tests thus far, it’s likely an issue with a sprinkler timer or wiring. These tests should have found a problem with your automatic valve, if there was one. You can still proceed to the repair section of this article to clean the valve, but the valve itself is probably not the issue.

 

If you’re not sure what the issue is, call Sprinkler Master. We’re happy to find and fix any problem with any sprinkler system!

 

Repairing and Cleaning an Automatic Sprinkler Valve

 

Sprinkler valves are often way less complicated than people think, and they’re actually quite easy to repair.

To repair a valve, we need to start with disassembly of the valve. These are pretty simple steps, but it’s crucial to keep all the parts clean and organized. As you remove pieces from the sprinkler valve, clean each piece, and keep them in a clean place while you finish cleaning and reassembling the valve. Be careful to remember exactly where each piece of the valve goes.

Here are the steps to disassemble a sprinkler valve. There is a gallery of images below for reference. Clean each part with water until visibly clean and to the touch.

  1. Remove the Sprinkler solenoid (Not necessary to clean this part, unless there is a large amount of debris on it.)
  2. Take the screws out of the top of the housing
  3. Carefully pry the top of the housing away
  4. Remove the spring from the sprinkler diaphragm
  5. Carefully remove the rubber diaphragm from the housing
  6. Clean each part, especially the surfaces between the diaphragm and the housing
  7. Reassemble

 

If any parts are damaged, you can buy most individual parts online (such as at Sprinkler Warehouse) or at your local wholesale sprinkler parts company.

 

Test the valve the same way as before, and hopefully your problem is fixed!

 

Still got sprinkler issues? We can help! Contact Sprinkler Master today!

 

 

 

12 Nov 2021

Christmas Light Installation Process

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1. Call or text for a free Christmas light installation cost estimate.

Give Lighting Master a holler so we can begin work on your free estimate!

2. Review Christmas light installation estimate

We work with you to create your holiday light dreams- all while keeping your budget in mind. We will also create a plan for things like automatic timer set-up and light take-down.

Estimate for Christmas light installation on home
Relax and enjoy Christmas Light Installation

3. Sit back and enjoy!

Let us take care of the hassle of lighting up your home for the holidays. Relax and enjoy the holidays this season!

4. We install professional-grade LEDs

We install commercial-grade supplies and materials to ensure durability and superior appearance. By using C7 LED light bulbs, you might even save a little on your lighting bill.

Sketch of Davis County Utah Christmas light install
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5. We set automatic timers

We ensure that your Christmas seasonal lights are completely hassle free by offering automatic timers to control when lights turn on and off. You’ll never have to remember whether you’ve flipped a switch or go out into the freezing weather to connect a plug again.

6. We Fix Any Problems

One of the greatest problems with hanging your own Christmas lights is that you have to deal with getting lights up and running. Between broken light bulbs, finding electrical shortages and issues, and heading to the local hardware store three different times to get supplies that you purchased last year, it’s more headache than savings.  We guarantee that any broken bulbs or problems will be fixed, just give us a call!

Broken lightbulb from Christmas lights
Light Take-down is included sketch

7. We Do Take Down

There is a reason why many of your neighbors wait until May to take their Christmas lights down. Getting out in the cold weather of late winter or early spring is difficult for everyone. You can be sure your home won’t be the eyesore on the block that still has Christmas lights up for Easter. We provide light removal at no extra charge and always guarantee your lights will be gone before you know it. No need to waste a New Year’s Resolution on decoration removal!

8. We Pack and Store

No more tangled lines or storage issues, we carefully pack and store the lights for you!

Box for storing Christmas lights

9. Everything Will be Ready for Next Year!

Let us handle everything and your lights and set-up will be ready and waiting for next year. Plus, returning customers get a discount! What more could you ask for?

12 Mar 2021

Three Steps to a Healthy Lawn & Garden Year-round with Sprinkler Master Repair

When it comes to choosing a sprinkler or lawn care provider, your choice doesn’t need to be stressful or difficult. In fact, it can be the easiest decision of your life. Life, however, is all about choices. You know that, and so do we. Fortunately, some decisions are better than others; that’s just how life works. You can make the right choice today with any one of the many locations that the Sprinkler Master Repair franchise has to offer. A growing business over the last decade, Sprinkler Master Repair is dedicated to meeting your needs. We see you as more than a dollar sign or a customer — but as a person.

Being treated as a person means that we’re here to care for your lawn care needs year-round. As a company and as a franchise, no matter where you are, we’re here to help. Each of our unique locations can help you love your lawn again. From Idaho to California, or a few places in between, find a Sprinkler Master near you today here! We service the following states and counties/cities:year-round sprinkler service

Utah

Nevada

Idaho

California

Colorado

No matter where you find yourself, Sprinkler Master Repair can help. Specifically, with three main frameworks for a healthy lawn any year and under any climate. Those three tenets are Fertilization, Irrigation, and proper Maintenance/Management. While some locations may vary with a lawn care need, know that you can find a Sprinkler Master location anywhere near you here.

1. Proper Fertilization

A key to any healthy lawn and a good general rule of thumb is that you put out what you put in. Taking care of a lawn doesn’t need to be overly complicated, but unfortunately, it can be at times. That’s why we’re here to help! Two reasons why most people don’t fertilize or fertilize the wrong way boils down to not knowing what kind to get, and not knowing how to. We’re going to clear some things up right now! Depending on where you live and what climate you reside in, it’s generally best to fertilize your lawn mid-to-late spring. As soon as the grass starts to turn a shade green again, and flowers start to bloom, that’s the jackpot. For a bit more definition, check out this Popular Mechanics article!

Now that we’ve covered the when — let’s talk about the how of fertilizing. How do you know what fertilizer to use? What fertilizer is best for your particular climate or grass-type? Does fertilizer even matter in the first place? There’s an answer to all those things, and we’ve got ’em! Like a lot of everything else, fertilizers come in all different shapes, styles, and purposes. We break things down below:

  • Want to know what lawn fertilizers to get for cool-season turf? Click here!
  • Thinking about using inorganic fertilizers? Click here!
  • Considering organic fertilizers? Check this out!
  • Want your other fertilizer questions answered? Head here!

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2. All Things Irrigation

Irrigation is defined as “the artificial application of water to land to assist in the production of crops.” In essence, your irrigation techniques are only as good as your sprinkler system. However, proper irrigation is broken down into four methods. Proper Irrigation Management is detailed on a surface, sprinkler, drip, and sub-surface level. While that may seem complicated, to a Sprinkler Master; it’s not! A general rule of thumb no matter where you live is to water deep. A lawn has more opportunity to grow and be healthy with longer, infrequent watering sessions. Instead of watering 10 minutes for 4-5 days a week, water for 45 minutes 2-3 days a week. The more moments you allow water to infiltrate deep into the root system the better.

Do you still have some questions about irrigation or sprinkler systems? Sprinkler Master Repair can help with that! Get in touch with any of our franchise locations. We can help you with sprinkler installation, irrigation repairs, fixing broken sprinkler heads, winterization, and anything else in between! Check out some other irrigation tips below:

  • For basic watering tips and tricks, click here.
  • Water Conservation tips in Nevada, here.
  • Conservation in California.
  • Saving Water in Idaho, here.
  • Water Conservation and Use in Colorado.
  • Conservation in Utah, here.

3. Lawn Maintenance and Management

The everyday “things” of life are only as good as their sustained and maintained. This is also a true principle for your lawn and lawn care needs. However, maintenance can be hard! If you hire a company, once the work is done, you’re on your own. Who or what do you turn to for help and guidance? In a world full of best practices and how-to guides, a Sprinkler Master can help you today, every day. Find a location nearest to you, and get the help you need for a healthy lawn and garden year-round!

A Sprinkler Master Repair location can help you with the following services:

  • Installation
  • Shifting Sprinkler Zone Coverage
  • General Landscaping Needs
  • Fixing Automatic Sprinkler Timers
  • Drip Irrigation
  • Solenoid Assistance
  • Irrigation Repairs
  • Winterization
  • Sprinkler Valve Replacement
  • And More!

Sprinkler Services year-roundFor more regional lawn and garden care tips, check out the following links:

Conclusion

When you need assistance in getting a healthy lawn & garden year-round, know that you can turn to Sprinkler Master Repair. Wherever you are and however you need us, we’ll be ready. Are you ready for a better lawn care experience? Get in touch with any Sprinkler Master Repair location today and see why and how we “install the best and repair the rest!”

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11 Sep 2020

Strengthening Tree Roots with Sprinkler Master Repair

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Strengthening Tree Roots with Sprinkler Master Repair

With recent strong winds in the western states, it uprooted many trees. Many of the trees could have been saved if they were watered properly.

The main cause of trees and shrubbery to be uprooted is a lack of deep-watering. Trees and shrubs carry a deeper root system than normal turf-grass and need to be watered less frequently day to day, but with longer periods of time in between. Moist soil depth should be anywhere between 18-20 inches for most trees and shrubs. Click here to understand more about the importance of a deep root system for your garden, shrubbery, and trees.   

As a franchise, Sprinkler Master Repair is here to help you with quality, timely service no matter where you reside. Contact us today on our website to find a Sprinkler Master near you or to schedule an appointment for a variety of our exceptional services — including the installation of a smart watering timer to deepen root systems. Given the current circumstances, our technicians go the extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction with every job. 

For more information about the services we have to offer, click any of the links below:

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The Sprinkler Master Repair Franchise is built to meet your needs. With years of experience, we always put the customer first while providing quality sprinkler parts and products with satisfaction always guaranteed. At every Sprinkler Master Repair location, we install the best and repair the rest.