Do you use sprinklers to water your lawn during the summer months? How long has it been since you had your sprinkler system inspected by a professional? A lot of people assume that they can just have a sprinkler system installed and then they can forget about the whole thing but this simply isn't the case. As with everything else in life, sprinkler systems eventually fall into disrepair and need to be fixed before they function properly once again. Simply knowing that the grass is being watered is not necessarily indicative of a system with no faults. Some potentially overlooked signs that something may be amiss are as follows.

Patchy or uneven grass: All of your lawn should grow at roughly the same rate across the property. When it does not, this typically indicates something is awry. For instance, small yellowed circles across the lawn often indicate that a cat or a dog has been using your lawn to relieve themselves and that's killing the grass. But when the problem is more widespread and some sections of your lawn are growing significantly faster than others, then this is a good sign that you are in need of a sprinkler repair. There may be sprinkler heads that are misaligned or partially clogged, causing uneven watering which will then result in uneven grass growth.

High water bills: Sometimes, everything seems fine above ground, but then you get a water bill and it's many times what the normal amount should be. This is a good indication that a section of pipe below ground has become damaged in some way and is allowing extra water to seep into the ground while your sprinkler system runs. It may have simply worn out or burst due to pressure, or it could have been damaged by tree roots. Only a professional sprinkler repair professional will be able to remedy the issue and get your water bill back to a more reasonable size.

Stained cement: In general, sprinklers should not be watering sidewalks or walls because this is just a waste of water. If you see discolored patches on your walls and/or sidewalk & driveway, there's a good chance that one or more of your sprinkler heads have become misaligned over time. You may be able to realign the head(s) yourself, but you should also seriously consider having a sprinkler repair professional check out your system just in case. They'll be able to let you know if there is anything else that needs to be fixed now or in the near future.

For more information, reach out to companies like Noble Tree Service Inc.