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What to Do If One of Your Sprinkler Zones Isn’t Working


The whole idea of sprinkler zones is pretty cool.

Each area of your yard gets divided into sections called zones, set up so each area gets the perfect amount of water for its unique needs. A variety of sprinkler heads, just the right spacing, and everything from your grass to your shrubs to your flower beds gets the right amount of water, without waste.

Genius, right?

But what if one sprinkler zone isn’t working? If you have eight zones, does it really matter?

It absolutely does. If one sprinkler zone won’t turn on, that area of your grass will turn brown and could die.

Yikes. What now?

Feel Like Playing Detective?

If you want to try to diagnose the problem yourself, you could roll up your sleeves, head to the YouTube how-to videos, and set aside your weekend.

If one irrigation system zone isn’t working, the problem could be an electrical issue. Or a controller problem. Or a defective solenoid. Or a broken line. Or a lightning strike.

Hmmmmm.irrigation technician adjust sprinklersSure, those YouTube guys will walk you through it. They’ll say stuff like, “Use a multimeter to check the voltage to the non-working zone by touching the leads to the common terminal and zone terminal.”

Or, “If the valve works when turned on manually, the problem is most likely with the wiring from the controller to the valve, the wiring at the valve, or the solenoid. Check for any loose or damaged wires and reconnect, repair, or replace them.”

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Or they might tell you to do things like “check the resistance ohms.” Or “dig until you find the damaged pipe.”


Or, Pick Up the Phone
Don’t you have better stuff to do? Like, just about anything else?

irrigation team adjusts irrigation controller Meanwhile, when one sprinkler system zone isn’t working, your grass is getting brown. Those expensive plants are dying.

Time to call irrigation repair.

The irrigation specialists at RainMaster in Minneapolis, MN and Eau Claire, WI are experts at things like resistance ohms, zone terminals, solenoids and other weird foreign terms.

Sprinkler Zone Isn’t Working? Call RainMaster in Minneapolis, MN or Eau Claire, WI

Then, how about preventing problems like this in the first place? Invest in a sprinkler system maintenance plan so you’ll have peace of mind that a skilled irrigation specialist will discover issues like sprinkler zones that aren’t working and fix them before your precious lawn suffers.

In addition to catching sprinkler system problems early and keeping things running smoothly, professional irrigation specialists offer great advice for saving water and money.

It’s in your hands.

Choose from our three irrigation maintenance programs to make sure everything is running smoothly.

With regular sprinkler system maintenance visits, you don’t have to wait until something breaks, call us, and wait for a service call. Or pay for a costly emergency visit. Our technicians will already be on top of any needs.

You get skilled, efficient irrigation repair; continued attentive maintenance; and friendly customer service that takes away the stress and makes things easy.

When you’re ready to put your trust in us, we can’t wait to meet you — and help you make the best choice for your lawn.

Want to be confident about your choice for Minneapolis or Eau Claire irrigation repair services? Request a quote today! We’ll review your lawn care options together so you can make a great choice. Then, you can finally enjoy your lawn and stop worrying about it.

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