Let’s take a look at some of the most common sprinkler system repair problems that our customers run into. Over time, parts of the system may wear down or stop working correctly. More often than not, these are a simple fix – as long as you know how to spot the issue.

Sunken Head

One of the most common sprinkler system problems is a low or sunken head. The sprinkler head may start to sink into the soft ground or can get tilted from being stepped on or hit by a lawnmower. This will cause the sprinkler to spray water at odd angles or become blocked.

Control Valves

Another common sprinkler system repair issue is leaky control valves. This could cause water to leak out from the sprinkler heads constantly, even when the system is supposed to be turned off. It may also decrease the water pressure of the entire irrigation system.


If you notice any water pressure changes or changes in the spray pattern of your irrigation system, this could be caused by a clogged sprinkler head or blockage within the pipes. Sometimes, mud or grass clumps block the water flow, causing the entire sprinkler system to act up. Thankfully, this is usually a quick and easy fix.

Common Problems That Require Sprinkler System Replacement

There are several warning signs that could point to issues requiring a full irrigation system replacement.

Utility Spike

First, if there are any unexpected increases in your water bill, it may be caused by efficiency issues with your system. The average sprinkler system uses about 12,000 gallons of water per month if it runs 3 times a week. If this usage suddenly increases, this is a warning sign that something is wrong with the irrigation system.

Recurring Issues

Second, if you are requiring frequent repairs to your sprinklers beyond just routine maintenance or part repairs, then it may be time to replace your system. The piping may not be installed correctly or changes to your landscape could have affected the layout. For instance, tree roots could grow and block or shift underground pipes, causing problems with the sprinkler system.

Poor Coverage

Finally, uneven coverage to your lawn can be a sign you may need a sprinkler system upgrade. If you notice that some spots are dry while others are getting ample water, the layout of your system needs to be re-evaluated.

If you’re interested in having a lawn irrigation system installed, contact Maxum Irrigation & Plumbing in Waterford, CT. This family-owned offers high-quality products to homeowners throughout Connecticut. They specialize in drip irrigation and sprinkler system installation and repair. Learn what their clients have to say about them on their website, or call (860) 525-7000 to schedule an irrigation system installation.