You probably installed your sprinkler system for two reasons. First, you didn’t want to take the time to water your lawn any more. And second, you had some concerns about water usage and conservation, especially here in California. But what happens when your sprinkler value will not shut off and all of your efforts are negated?
Sprinklers are a complicated series of mechanics, so over time their materials will degrade or things can go wrong. If your sprinkler valve won’t shut off, here are a few tips to get you started.
- Turn off the water supply. If you’re noticing a leak, a geyser, or your sprinkler system simply won’t turn off, step one is to turn off the water supply. With most systems, there is a shut-off valve at the source. Go to where your irrigation system is connected to your water supply and look for a small switch. If you turn that, it should cut off the water supply to your sprinkler only. You don’t need to shut off the water supply to your entire home. You will also notice that most sprinkler systems have a backflow prevention device indicated by a green rectangle.
- Replace the solenoid. In many cases, the reason your sprinkler system won’t turn off is the solenoid. This is a relatively easy fix that you can probably do yourself, though we always recommend calling a professional to avoid further complications. Turn off the water supply and then the system itself from the control panel. Locate the box causing the problem and uncover it. Remove the screws and be careful not to lose any of the small parts. Then, remove and replace the solenoid.
- Speak with a professional. However, there could be a number of reasons your sprinkler valve won’t turn off, so we always recommend you contact a professional to help. You want to make sure you don’t lose essential parts of the sprinkler system or cause additional damage while you’re repairing it on your own. Once you shut off the water to the system, your next call should be to Sprinkler Repair Bay Area. Our professionals can come out to evaluate the problem and fix it without any muss or fuss from you.