The majority of individuals do not give their sprinklers enough credit. These hidden guys are the main reason your grass stays in great shape all year. However, all too frequently, individuals fail to recognize warning indications that their sprinkler system is malfunctioning or, in some circumstances, completely damaged.

We aim to help you in keeping your grass in the finest possible condition. We have a lot of expertise with irrigation installation and sprinkler repair. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequent sprinkler problems, as well as some advice on how to troubleshoot them.

1. A Defective Sprinkler Controller

The controller is the most crucial part of any sprinkler system. It performs the following functions:

  • It turns on and off the system at the proper moments.
  • It regulates how evenly and efficiently the system covers your area.
  • It is in charge of allocating the proper amount of water.
  • It triggers all of the systems required for constant functioning.

With that in mind, it’s easy to see why you should pay attention to the component while caring for your grass. But how can you know when it’s on its final legs? Your most significant indicator is consistency or lack thereof. Suppose you discover that your system isn’t activating at the right times, is staying active for too long or not long enough, or isn’t capable of running in automated mode. In that case, you may have a broken controller or another electrical problem.

2. Water is Leaking From One or Multiple Zones At Once

The most common cause of this is a broken or loose pipe. But there are other possibilities, such as a water leak in one of the sprinkler heads or a faulty control valve. Regardless of the reason, if you can see water leaking from anywhere in your system, it only makes sense to have it repaired immediately.

3. Poor Water Pressure

A sprinkler system should never have too much pressure, but it can have too little pressure. If your system has been running for a while and you’re seeing a decrease in the amount of water it’s putting out, then you may have a problem. You may have a worn-out diaphragm or a malfunctioning PSI regulator. Either way, it’s best to contact a professional who can have it fixed immediately.

4. Fewer Sprinklers Are Turning On

If your system is activating, but only part of the sprinklers are turning on, then something is wrong with the sprinklers themselves. Check to make sure that the nozzles aren’t broken. You can also check to see if the heads are spinning correctly.

5. Pump Buzzing

Another deadly issue is pump buzzing. It’s a sign of a problem with your sprinkler’s relay system, which is a magnetic switch that turns on the system. An audible, static-like buzzing noise will reveal this problem. And, because a defective relay will result in an inert sprinkler head, you should contact us as soon as you notice the buzzing.


After reading this article, we hope you’re better prepared to deal with sprinkler issues. It’s not always easy to figure out precisely what’s wrong with your sprinkler system, but you can rest easy knowing that our team of pros can help you out.

Extreme Irrigation & Lawn offers repair and installation of irrigation systems in Tulsa. Let us replace the old system with a brand-new sprinkler system, perfect for your lawn. Contact us today!