Sprinkler System Leaking From Top Valve?
If you have ever had a problem with your sprinklers not working properly or even malfunctioning completely, then you might be aware of the fact that there are several types of sprinkler systems. Sprinkler valves are one such type of sprinkler system components which may fail due to various reasons. These include: water pressure loss, water temperature rise, water flow rate increase and so on.
In most cases, these problems are caused by the sprinkler valves being damaged or defective. If they are faulty, then it will cause your sprinklers to stop functioning altogether. However, if they are damaged, then it may lead to them bursting into flames when activated. This could result in severe damage to your home and possibly even death!
The following article discusses how do you fix a leaking sprinkler system from top valve. You need to make sure that the sprinkler system is not leaking from its main source. A broken sprinkler valve box is usually the first thing you should look out for.
How Do You Fix a Leaking Sprinkler System From Top Valve?
There are many ways of fixing a leaking sprinkler system from top valve. One way would be to replace all the parts involved in repairing it. Another method would be to install new ones which are made specifically for this purpose. The sprinkler system leaking from top valve is a common problem which occurs when the sprinklers are installed incorrectly.
How Do You Fix A Leaking Sprinkler System From Top Valve?
There are many ways to fix a leaking sprinkler system from top valve. Some of these methods include: replacing the broken or damaged sprinkler valve; repairing the damaged or defective sprinkler valve; installing new sprinklers; or using other types of solutions like fire extinguishers and water cannons.
Sprinkler Valve Repair:
Sprinkler valves are installed at the top of your sprinkler system and this is where it gets its name from. The purpose of a sprinkler valve is to regulate the water pressure which comes from your pipes. When water from your pipe hits a sprinkler valve, it gets split up into multiple different directions which reach all of your different sprinklers. This helps to ensure that all of your plants receive an equal amount of water.
Regardless of the method you choose to use, you need to determine first the location of the leaking sprinkler valve. This is important because it will help you know where to direct your efforts in fixing the problem. There are usually three common places where a sprinkler valve is likely to leak: underground, inside the house, and on top of the house. If it is underground, then you should look for an easy access point where water can enter your yard. If it is inside the house, then you need to find the parts of the house where water has settled or collected.
If it is on top of the house, then you need to look for any signs of roof leaks.
You need to take extra care in locating the exact position of the leaking sprinkler valve if you live in an area where there is a low water pressure. This is because such low water pressure makes it more difficult for water to reach your sprinkler heads. This means that if there is a problem with your sprinkler valve, then it will take much longer for you to notice it and fix it as a result.
Once you have located the exact position of the problem, you can then choose to repair or replace it. A broken sprinkler head can easily be repaired by replacing its rubber washer. However, you can also choose to buy and install a new one if you want to.
Make sure that you turn off the water supply before you begin working on the sprinkler system. If at all possible, you should also turn off the power source of your house’s electricity as well. This is to make sure that you are safe from any potential electrical shock hazards. Once this is done, you can now begin removing the broken piece and installing a new one in its place.
Remember to be very careful in handling sharp objects like broken pieces of metal when doing this. It is always a good idea to have gloves and safety goggles handy while working with such objects. If you do not have them, then it would be a good idea to buy a pair just for this purpose.
After everything has been replaced, turn on the power supply and check if the sprinkler head works properly. If it does, then your job is done. However, if for some reason, it is still not working, then you will have to look further into the problem. Check all of the connections and look for any signs of loose nuts or bolts. Make sure that every component of your sprinkler system is tightly fastened in place so that no water can leak from it.
This should do the trick.
For additional reference, you can also check your owner’s manual. It might contain some helpful tips and guidance on how to fix minor sprinkler system problems like the one you are experiencing.
Is Using a Sprinkler Timer Easier?
Sprinkler timers are another commonly used method of watering lawns and gardens. They work in a very similar way as your home’s central heating timer.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Method and apparatus for repairing lawn sprinkler systems (S Brodie – US Patent 4,810,008, 1989 – Google Patents)
- Residential water management system (RWMS) (L Smith, T Villeneuve, D Kizzire – US Patent App. 10/757,118, 2004 – Google Patents)
- Corrosion and sludge prevention in automatic sprinkler-fire protection systems (RK Talley – US Patent 5,803,180, 1998 – Google Patents)
- Wireless water flow monitoring and leak detection system, and method (WW Jeffries, DW Parsons, DC Parsons – US Patent 7,360,413, 2008 – Google Patents)