Sprinkler and Irrigation Repairs
A well-designed sprinkler system should run with a minimal amount of service outside of seasonal maintenance. However, particularly on older systems, repairs may be necessary from time to time. It’s important to take care of these issues when they arise, as broken or leaking components will cause increased water waste and can lead to more serious problems down the line. Nature’s Helper offers sprinkler repair in Omaha and beyond. Even if we didn’t install your system initially, we can provide service for any repair or performance issue. We have undergone extensive training on all popular sprinkler brands and models. We are recognized as a Certified Irrigation Contractor (CIC) by the Irrigation Association (IA) and an EPA WaterSense partner. Through these and other associations, we offer smart and proactive service that will keep your sprinkler system working its best for longer.
How to Tell If You Need a Sprinkler System Repair
In most homes, the sprinkler system is something that’s considered “set and forget.” Modern programmable controls have made irrigation automatic, and beyond seasonal checks, there’s little for the homeowner to worry about on a day-to-day basis. The downside is it can be difficult to notice when something isn’t performing the way it should. A little education about how your system works and what to look for is one of the best things you can do to keep your lawn and garden healthy with a properly functioning sprinkler system. Here are some common warning signs that you may need sprinkler repair service from Omaha’s Nature’s Helper:
- Your water bill has increased suddenly with no apparent other cause.
- You begin to notice wet spots or marshy areas on your lawn.
- You see clear evidence of physical damage to your sprinkler heads or other system components, such as corroded wires or cracks.
- Your lawn isn’t thriving the way it should — large areas of yellow patches of dying grass may indicate that your sprinkler system isn’t doing its job.
- Water is shooting up in the air in streams or pooling around the edges of your lawn.
If you notice any of the above signs and want to investigate further, there are steps you can take before calling in a repair professional. Turn your system on and take note of any inconsistency in the spray pattern or the volume coming from the sprinkler heads. Try to locate any obvious leaks and when our technician arrives, inform them of the issue. Some sprinkler repairs require nothing more than a few adjustments or new parts. Others are more involved. For this reason, a thorough inspection is required before providing an estimate. Don’t trust any company that offers you a quote over the phone. Instead, call Nature’s Helper to arrange a consultation at your convenience. We’ll send a qualified technician who will assess the issue and give you an honest, accurate estimate for the necessary repairs.
The Most Common Sprinkler System Issues
Some of the most common problems you may see with your home sprinkler system include:
- No water coming out of a head and the head does not rise: This is commonly caused by clogged heads when debris fills up inside the head filters. You can clean the filter yourself when the water is turned off by lifting the pop up riser and removing the filter and nozzle to clean it. If this does not help, call us about sprinkler repair and maintenance.
- Spray heads popping up and spraying water everywhere: This can indicate a broken head, most commonly caused by a vehicle running over them. You may also have a broken spray head if the head does not pop up.
- The controller does not work: Your dial may not turn, the system may fail to keep time or your system may not work in auto or manual mode. Valve repair services or technicians should check your wiring, valves and possibly rains sensors.
- The system makes a strange noise: If there is a chattering noise, you may need a 14 gauge relay coil or a larger transformer for the controller. In situations where the pump makes a buzzing noise, your relay could require replacing.
- Pools of water on lawn: Broken or leaking pipes can cause this. Damage to pipes may occur from incorrect winterization, installation problems or even the pressure of heavy cars or vehicles rolling over the ground.
- No water coming out: If nothing happens with your system when you turn it on, or if the system is simply refusing to work on manual or auto mode, you may have an electrical problem. You may also have a problem with your water source as the system can get clogged with silt and other debris. Contact a sprinkler systems repair technician for a diagnosis.
- Water pressure suddenly drops: A sudden decrease in water pressure can be caused by a pipe leak, broken pipe, valve problem or pump issue.
- Uneven water in zones: If you notice puddles of water around a sprinkler head or patches of wet and dry, one or more of your sprinkler heads may be loose, cracked or blocked. You may need to clean, adjust or even replace the affected heads.
- A sudden increase in water bill: If your water bill goes up suddenly, check to see whether any appliances in your home are at fault. If you suspect your sprinklers and irrigation system, the likely culprit is a leak or burst pipe. Your system may also be nearing the end of its life cycle and becoming far less efficient.
- Multiple zones get water at the same time: This may be from not enough water getting pushed through the valve to close it properly. You will want to speak to a lawn sprinkler repair professional to determine the cause of the issue and the solution.
Why Hire a Professional Sprinkler System Repair Technician?
If you need sprinkler repair in Omaha, you may want to tackle the job yourself. Unfortunately, this can turn into an expensive error. Hiring professional sprinkler and irrigation repair services for most jobs gives you the most benefits. Professionals can ensure your broken sprinkler gets fixed correctly and honors your warranty while keeping it intact. Licensed, experienced professionals can also advise you on steps to prevent further damage to your system. They have the tools and know-how to get the job done quickly, saving you time.
Unfortunately, when homeowners try to fix their own irrigation and sprinkler systems, they sometimes use the wrong parts, which can exacerbate the problem. In some cases, they cause damage to the system, which can also result in even more expensive repairs. When you take on the job of repairs yourself, you may not always be able to diagnose the problem. A broken part of your sprinkler, for example, may stem from a bigger issue. A professional can accurately diagnose the concern and offer solutions that meet your needs.
If you need sprinkler repair in Omaha, Nature’s Helper has more than 20 years in the business so that you can rely on the knowledge and experience of Nature’s Helper professionals. In 2020, Nature’s Helper was chosen as #1 Best of Omaha for lawn sprinkler and irrigation systems. We’ve made the “best of” lists for sprinkler repair for more than nine years in a row. When you need honest prices, quality repairs and installation, full service and courteous professionals, you can depend on Nature’s Helper for repairs, installation and maintenance.
Nature’s Helper stocks the parts needed to service not only the sprinkler systems we install but ALL brands old and new. We also offer the latest in accessories to extend the life of your irrigation system AND save money on your lawn-watering energy bill. We can help you with: Service Calls: If your sprinkler system is acting up due to broken heads, leaks or other issues, we can help. If you need to move your sprinkler heads due to changes in your yard, we can do that, too. Call us today. We’ll be right out. In most cases, you don’t even need to be at home. Seasonal Service Checks: An underground sprinkler system requires various seasonal adjustments throughout the year in order to maintain water-efficiency and prevent leaks and broken pipes. At each visit, your entire system is checked for any needed repairs.
- Spring Start-up (April & May)-Water is turned on, controller is reset if needed and all sprinkler heads are inspected for proper adjustment for complete lawn and landscaping coverage.
- Mid-Season Checks (June-Aug)-Performed during the heat of the summer, irrigation watering times are adjusted as needed for hot, dry weather to account for increased evaporation and to protect your lawn. We also run through your system to ensure all sprinkler heads are adjusted for proper coverage and in good working order to eliminate accidental water waste.
- Winterizations (Sprinkler System Blow-out)(October)-Sprinkler system water is turned off, drain valves are opened, backflow is drained down and an air compressor is used to blow all of the water out of the sprinkler lines to prevent freeze damage during the winter months.
Find out why winterization is imperative to keep your sprinkler system running efficiently year after year. Save money and get priority service on your seasonal visits by signing up for one of Nature’s Helper Service Plans. You’ll receive discounts on each visit AND on parts and service.
Nature’s Helper offers the sprinkler repairs you need fast. But that’s not all. When it’s time for a new system, our professionals can help you choose the lowest-maintenance system designed to help you save on your water bill. We can install it for you, so it works at its best from day one. Our technicians are trained in all irrigation system brands and regularly receive training to ensure we are up-to-date with the latest models.
We offer sprinkler system service plans at different price and service levels to match your needs. Instead of worrying about your next repair bill, you can get proactive with a smart maintenance schedule to keep your system working at its best and reduce the risk of emergency repairs. We even remind you when it’s time for maintenance, so you don’t have to keep tabs on your irrigation system.
Since we’re committed to keeping your property gorgeous, we have several additional services. Nature’s Helper can assist you with everything from commercial services for your business to a six-step fertilizer program as well as holiday lighting and aerating and overseeding. Give us a call to make your property look its best!
We also offer New Homeowner Instruction
If you’ve just moved into a new home, we’d be happy to check your sprinkler system for leaks or broken parts; set your controller and explain to you how to use it. We can also make recommendations for possible future service and repairs, and offer solutions to improve the water-efficiency of your sprinkler system.
Nature’s Helper is pleased to help if you just moved into a home with an existing sprinkler and irrigation systems. Since you did not install the system yourself, you may have multiple questions, such as how to use it correctly, how it will impact your water bill or how to maintain in. Manuals may be outdated or missing, and the system could have “quirks” you don’t know about.
We know you want to enjoy your new property and keep it looking lush and beautiful. The professionals at Nature’s Helper will come to your home and review your system with you. Our experts will make sure everything with your irrigation is working properly and can offer a demonstration to help you use your system correctly. If you have questions, Nature’s Helper will provide answers.
If you moved to the area, call the service ranked #1 in Omaha for sprinkler repairs and installation for eight years in a row. You can reach out by filling out our contact form or request service form today. You can also request an estimate or call us at (402) 334-2625 to speak to one of our sprinkler experts.