If your sprinkler system isn’t working as efficiently as you think it should, it might be time for a checkup. By examining your system and making adjustments as needed, you can ensure that it’s running efficiently.

If your sprinkler system is set up wrong, it can cause a lot of problems. Here are some signs that your sprinkler system is set up incorrectly:

1) Getting a Lot of Runoff

If you’re getting a lot of runoff, your sprinkler system is set up wrong. Runoff is when water flows off your lawn and onto your sidewalk or driveway. This happens when your sprinkler system is watering your lawn for too long or when the water pressure is too high.

Overwatering your lawn can also lead to runoff. When you water your lawn, you should only be applying enough water to wet the root zone of your grass. The root zone is the area of soil where the roots of your grass grow. Applying more water than necessary can lead to a runoff because the water will not have time to soak into the soil and will instead flow over the surface of the soil.

2) Sprinklers Run in the Rain

If your sprinklers are programmed to come on automatically, they may turn on during a rainstorm. This can lead to your lawn receiving too much water, causing runoff. If possible, disable your sprinklers on days when it is raining.

Watering your lawn when it is already raining is a complete waste of water. Having a rain sensor installed on your sprinkler system will stop this from happening.

3) Sets Off in the Middle of the Day

If your sprinkler system is coming on during the middle of the day, this is a clear indication that your timer needs to be adjusted. During the hottest part of the day, your lawn will be losing the greatest amount of water due to evaporation.

If your sprinkler system turns on during the hottest part of the day, this water could be completely wasted.

4) The Sprinkler Heads Shoot Water Outside of the Yard

If your sprinkler heads are shooting water outside of your yard, this could be due to a clogged or broken head. It could also be due to a broken pipe.

To fix this problem, you will need to check each head to make sure that it is clean and in good working order. You may also need to have a professional come out and check your system.

5) The Sprinkler Heads Don’t Pop Up

If your sprinkler heads won’t pop up, it is possible that the heads are plugged. This could be due to the heads being covered in dirt or grass. It may also be possible that the heads are frozen.

In order to fix this problem, make sure you clean out the heads and check for any debris that is blocking them.


If you notice any of the above signs, your sprinkler system is likely set up wrong. By correcting the issue, you can save water and ensure your lawn or garden is getting the hydration it needs.

Extreme Irrigation & Lawn can help you out. We are among the best irrigation system installation companies in the industry. Get in touch with us today to learn more.