One of my sprinklers is eroding my grass by puddling. How can I fix this? I already replaced the sprinkler head.
Sounds as if there is a leak below the head or perhaps the threads? Where do you live on this planet? Do you have winters? Freezing soil? If so then do you have a company blowing out your irrigation system before freezing starts. Irrigation pipes are not that deep and will most certainly fail if allowed to freeze with water in the pipes.The same company comes back in the spring to recharge and check for any errant problems or leaks.It would be easy enough to dig out that pipe and its connectors. Gotta turn the water off at the street. While you are doing that check on the state of your back flow devices. While the pipe is laid bare, turn the water on for one instant to see the results. Leaks at the fittings or a hole by a rock beneath a pipe with weight applied over that pipe?When you replaced the head what if any change occurred? Do you have the contractor available who installed the irrigation system? They are kind of responsible. This is why hiring someone to blow out your pipes before winter and having that same outfit come back to recharge and check for leaks. Every year.This is for cool season grasses with real winters. If you are in California or the southern states with warm season grasses…blow out your pipes for winter makes no sense.You could possibly have a minor leak in your MAIN water line/s. A very big deal if using city water.I would call 3 irrigation companies to get bids on ‘renovation/upgrading‡ and existing irrigation system. The company comes out to have a look see and you have to BE there, the wealth of information is precious. Like it or not you just might be persuaded to pay one of these companies for their services. Also, your home owner’s insurance will demand you do your due diligence to prevent ‘flooding‡ or water damage. Need to show you use the licensed, certified, experienced experts or…iffy to get a claim.Water is an expensive item for homeowners no matter what. A tiny leak could equal many hundreds of dollars without any other indication than a bit of a puddle and a huge water bill.How old is your system? What State is it you live within? Washington State demands all construction to have 6 years for discovery and 6 years to get the problem fixed that the contractor is most certainly responsible for, 12years?? Unless they have a proper contract with a clause, specifically stating, “In Lieu of Washington State Warranty Law RCW blah blah blah we will only offer a one year warranty”…in Washington State that means all contractors without this stipulation in their contracts are liable for their construction for 12 YEARS. Just an idea. Not many contractors or subcontractors know the laws of the state in which they work.This is to protect homeowners!