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Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair –  Have your seen something like this in your yard?

We service all sprinkler head problems.  If the top of your sprinkler Head has weed eater damage, we can install a new one for you.  If your sprinkler head is working OK but is spraying in the wrong place, we can adjust them too.  If something changes in your yard and a sprinkler head needs to be moved to a better location, it’s no problem.

Experience counts with sprinkler repair.  It is very easy to waste time and money.  There are many mistakes that can easily avoided.  We recently took over a sprinkler repair in Moore from another sprinkler repair company.  The customer had spent a large amount of money replacing their Sprinkler Valves because nothing was working.  We showed up and discovered that the ground wire in the sprinkler controller had accidentally plugged into the zone one outlet.  It took us 30 seconds to fix the problem.

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair has provided Expert Sprinkler Repair for broken sprinkler heads like the one shown above for over 25 years.

 

 

 

Above ground Back Flow Valves many times have problems.  They easily freeze and break during the winter.  When they break, they leak, and usually its a lot of water.  Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair has replaced them since 1993.  We also can provide solutions to keep back flow valves from freezing in the first place.

 

 

Sprinkler Valves are a source of Sprinkler Problems.  Sometimes they stick open and won’t shut off.  Even if you turn off or unplug the sprinkler controller.  Other times a sprinkler valve won’t come when its suppose to.  Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair has decades of experience adjusting or replacing sprinkler valves.

 

Broken Sprinkler Head took about an hour to fix.

 

 


Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair –  Expert Sprinkler Repair for all Residential Lawn Sprinkler Systems

Emergency Service – After hours and Weekends

We service all of Central and Western Oklahoma

Since 1993 we have:

 

Fixed leaking sprinkler pipes in Edmond

Replaced Sprinkler Valves in Norman

Adjusted Sprinkler Heads In Oklahoma City

Installed A New Back Flow Valve In Lawton 

and over 2000 other Sprinkler Repairs in Central and Western Oklahoma.

Broken Sprinkler Head took about an hour to fix.

 

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair

We can provide expert Sprinkler Repair in the following areas

1.  Sprinkler Controller Problems

2.  Leaking Back-Flow Valves

3.  Leaking Sprinkler Pipes

4.  Shorted or disconnected  Sprinkler Valve Wires

5.  Sprinkler Zones or Sprinkler Stations that won’t work

6.  Broken Sprinkler Heads

7.  Sprinkler Head Adjustment

The Sprinkler System Problems listed above are the most common Sprinkler Problems that we deal with.

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair – can help if you need to re-design your Sprinkler System.  If for example you are adding a swimming pool in your back yard, we can move the Sprinkler Heads and Sprinkler Pipes to fit the new dimensions of your yard.  We can redesign or add-on to sprinkler systems where the home owners needs change.

Fixing Leaking Sprinkler Pipes is a common occurrence for Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair.  Most recently we had a service call in Lawton.  We got a call from a lady who had water pouring out from under the edge of her driveway.  After shutting off the water at the back-flow valve, we were able to determine that the leak definitely was coming from the sprinkler system.  A cracked sprinkler pipe was the problem and to make matters worse, the sprinkler pipe ran under the driveway.

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair had the solution.  Instead of trying to fix the broken sprinkler pipe, it was a much better idea to replace the entire pipe.  The Sprinkler Repair took about three hours.

 


Sprinkler RepairLeaking Sprinkler Pipes, Broken Sprinkler Heads, Back-Flow Valve Problems, Moving Sprinkler Heads, Adjusting Sprinkler Heads, Sprinkler Wire Problems, Controller Programming Trouble, Sprinkler Valve Problems.  We do it all.

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair 405 203 9419

 

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair provides Emergency Sprinkler Repair Service, After Hours and Weekends.  405 203 9419

Sprinkler Repair is an ongoing issue for any sprinkler system.  Folks in Central Oklahoma are turning on their Sprinkler Systems and discovering problems.    We fixed several leaks in a Sprinkler System in Edmond.  The sprinkler pipes were leaking in several places.  Each leak had to be cut out and replaced.  The Sprinkler System was fairly new.  It was installed last summer by a Pool Company that also installs cheap sprinkler systems. All the joints in the sprinkler pipes were glued together with clear PVC Cement.  That part is OK, But they cut some corners and didn’t use PVC Primer with the glue.  As a result the joints didn’t bond very well and many of them blew apart this spring when the sprinkler systems was turned on.  (Thus all the leaks)  I suspect we will have to go back several times to fix additional leaks.  We can only warranty the PVC joints that we have replaced.   Cheaper isn’t always better.

Broken Sprinkler Head took about an hour to fix.

Today we did a sprinkler repair in Norman.  The sprinkler system needed a checkup.  We went through each sprinkler zone and identified several different problems.  Zone 2 had a cracked sprinkler pipe in a flower bed.  Zone 4 had a broken sprinkler rotor on the edge of the driveway that had been driven over and broken.  Zone 6 and 7 each had a couple of pop-up spray heads that were worn out and would not pop-up.  The diagnosis and the repair took less than two hours.  Now their  sprinkler system is running great!

Recently we fixed a sprinkler system that was poorly installed.

  The Sprinkler System Company that installed it didn’t know what they were doing.  There was no Master Valve installed in the Sprinkler System.  As a result, The Sprinkler Pipe between the water meter and the Sprinkler Valves stayed pressurized all the time.  This is bad during a cold snap in Oklahoma.  If a Master Valve and In-Line Pipe Drains had been installed originally, there would be no broken sprinkler pipes when it got too cold.    The Sprinkler Pipes would drain automatically.
Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair also installs French Drains and Drainage Systems

If you live in Oklahoma City and need a French Drain installed in your yard, or along your driveway, or near your foundation, give us a call.  If you live in Edmond or Norman and need a Surface Drain installed in the concrete in your sidewalk or driveway, we can help.  If you live in Mustang or Yukon and would like to protect your trees or flower beds from standing water with a French Drain,Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair specializes in just that!

Emergency Sprinkler Repair Service — — Drainage SystemsFrench Drains Surface DrainsSump Pumps  Scheduled Sprinkler Repair

Servicing all of Central and Western Oklahoma

Spring is just around the corner.  Now is a good time to consider a Sprinkler System Checkup by Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair.   We have been in business since 1993.

  Drainage Systems for Home owners and businesses including:  French Drains, Surface Drains, Channel Drains, Trench Drains, Basement Drains, Basin Drains, and Sump Pumps.

 


Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair –  We have provided Drainage Solutions and Expert Sprinkler Repair since 1993.

If you need a Sprinkler Valve Replaced in Moore, or if your Sprinkler Controller is not coming on at the correct time, we can help.  Servicing all of Central and Western Oklahoma.

Just like a home or a car, a Sprinkler System requires repair or adjustment from time to time.  We at;Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair, take great pride in the Sprinkler Repair Services that we provide.  In almost 26 years of service,We have solved virtually every Sprinkler Repair Problem possible.  We solve Sprinkler Repair Problems that other companies can’t handle.

This week we completed a Sprinkler System, ” Pool-Makeover.”  This is a common situation.  When a home owner installs a new swimming pool, a back-hoe is used to dig the hole for the pool.  Typically the existing Sprinkler System ends up in a pile with several tons of dirt.

Unfortunately,  Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair was not the first choice for the home owner on the above mentioned, “Pool Makeover.”  The initial sprinkler company quit after two days.  They could not figure out which pipe went where, or what parts of the sprinkler system needed to be saved or replaced.

WE were called to step in and handle the Extreme Sprinkler Repair.  It took us 4 days but we solved all the Sprinkler System ProblemsThe Sprinkler System now works, and the water coverage is better than before the pool installation.

If you live in Oklahoma City and have Broken Sprinkler Heads, or if you live in Norman and have Leaking Sprinkler Valves, or if you live in Edmond and your Sprinkler Controller quit working, give us a call.

Lawn Sprinkler Repair is one of our business focuses.   We can help with:

1. Sprinkler Controller Problems

2. Leaking Back-Flow Valves

3. Leaking Sprinkler Pipes

4.  Shorted or disconnected valve wires

5. Sprinkler Zones or Sprinkler Stations that won’t work

6. Broken Sprinkler Heads

Trenching a Sprinkler Systems in Moore Oklahoma
Trenching a Sprinkler Systems in Moore Oklahoma

The above are the most common problems that we deal with.

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair can help if you need to re-design your sprinkler system. If for example you are adding a swimming pool in your back yard, we can move the sprinkler heads and sprinkler pipes to fit the new dimensions of your yard. We can redesign or add-on to sprinkler systems where the home owners needs change.


Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair — Installing – French Drains – Surface Drains – Channel Drains – Sump Pumps

Providing Expert Sprinkler RepairBroken Sprinkler Pipes Sprinkler Head AdjustmentSprinkler Valve Replacement

Servicing all of Central and Western Oklahoma since 1993.

Edmond Oklahoma Sprinkler Repair —  Do you have trouble with leaking Sprinkler Valves?  Are your Sprinkler Heads in the wrong place or are they spraying in the wrong direction?  Do you have an “Above Ground” Back-Flow Valve that is leaking after our last cold snap?  Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair can help.  We provide solutions for all Residential Sprinkler System Problems.

Sprinkler System Repair  Broken Sprinkler Heads — Sprinkler Controllers — Sprinkler Valves — All Brands

Sprinkler RepairLeaking Sprinkler Pipes, Broken Sprinkler Heads, Back-Flow Valve Problems, Moving Sprinkler Heads, Adjusting Sprinkler Heads, Sprinkler Wire Problems, Controller Programming Trouble, Sprinkler Valve Problems.  We do it all.

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair provides Emergency Sprinkler Repair Service, After Hours and Weekends.  405 203 9419

Sprinkler Repair is an ongoing issue for any sprinkler system.  Folks in Central Oklahoma are turning on their Sprinkler Systems and discovering problems.    We fixed several leaks in a Sprinkler System in Edmond.  The sprinkler pipes were leaking in several places.  Each leak had to be cut out and replaced.  The Sprinkler System was fairly new.  It was installed last summer by a Pool Company that also installs cheap sprinkler systems. All the joints in the sprinkler pipes were glued together with clear PVC Cement.  That part is OK, But they cut some corners and didn’t use PVC Primer with the glue.  As a result the joints didn’t bond very well and many of them blew apart this spring when the sprinkler systems was turned on.  (Thus all the leaks)  I suspect we will have to go back several times to fix additional leaks.  We can only warranty the PVC joints that we have replaced.   Cheaper isn’t always better.

Broken Sprinkler Head took about an hour to fix.

Today we did a sprinkler repair in Norman.  The sprinkler system needed a checkup.  We went through each sprinkler zone and identified several different problems.  Zone 2 had a cracked sprinkler pipe in a flower bed.  Zone 4 had a broken sprinkler rotor on the edge of the driveway that had been driven over and broken.  Zone 6 and 7 each had a couple of pop-up spray heads that were worn out and would not pop-up.  The diagnosis and the repair took less than two hours.  Now their  sprinkler system is running great!

Recently we fixed a sprinkler system that was poorly installed.

  The Sprinkler System Company that installed it didn’t know what they were doing.  There was no Master Valve installed in the Sprinkler System.  As a result, The Sprinkler Pipe between the water meter and the Sprinkler Valves stayed pressurized all the time.  This is bad during a cold snap in Oklahoma.  If a Master Valve and In-Line Pipe Drains had been installed originally, there would be no broken sprinkler pipes when it got too cold.    The Sprinkler Pipes would drain automatically.

Wow, we have a new twist on sprinkler repair.  Broken sprinkler pipes occur for all kinds of reasons.  Sprinkler Pipes break because:  1.  They freeze (usually due to poor installation)  2.  Cars or trucks drive up in yards and break them.  3.  They blow apart under pressure (usually because primer was not used when the pipes were glued together).

This year we have had a lot of calls to fix leaking or broken sprinkler pipes due to Earth Quake Damage.  I would expect that in California, but Oklahoma?  Since 1993 Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair has fixed sprinkler systems for all kinds of reasons.  Earthquake damage is something new.

Since that time Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair has successfully completed over 2000 drainage systems, and sprinkler repairs.

 


Fixing Leaking Sprinkler Pipes is a common occurrence for Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair.  Most recently we had a service call in Lawton.  We got a call from a lady who had water pouring out from under the edge of her driveway.  After shutting off the water at the back-flow valve, we were able to determine that the leak definitely was coming from the sprinkler system.  A cracked sprinkler pipe was the problem and to make matters worse, the sprinkler pipe ran under the driveway.

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair had the solution.  Instead of trying to fix the broken sprinkler pipe, it was a much better idea to replace the entire pipe.  The Sprinkler Repair took about three hours.

 

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair has been solving all types of Sprinkler System Problems since 1993.

We provide:

1.  Sprinkler Valve Problems

2.  Sprinkler Wiring Problems

3.  Sprinkler Controller Problems / Sprinkler Clock Problems

4.  Sprinkler Head Problems

5.  Sprinkler Pipe Problems

6.  Sprinkler Coverage Problems

7.  Sprinkler Redesign Problems for new fences or swimming pools.

 

Many times sprinkler repair needs arise at inconvenient times. Water lines can break in the middle of the night.  Back-Flow Valves Freeze and break at night too.  Sometimes things go wrong when we are away from our homes as well.  Sprinkler Systems coming on at the scheduled times but not shutting off is common and has several possible causes.  Sprinkler Valves can “stick” open while running from lack of water pressure, or is not getting enough electrical current to shut it off from the sprinkler controller, or even a small piece of debris is stuck in the sprinkler valve and won’t allow the sprinkler valve to close.


Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair – 405 203 9419

We service all types of residential sprinkler systems.  If you have a Sprinkler Zone or Station that isn’t working, or if your backflow valve leaks, we can help.

We service all of Central Oklahoma including Oklahoma City, Edmond and Norman.  Now we are expanding to include Western Oklahoma including Lawton and Altus.

Before the start of 2019 we provided:

331 Sprinkler Repairs in Norman

704 Sprinkler Repairs in Oklahoma City

251 Sprinkler Repairs in Edmond

114 Sprinkler Repairs in Moore

Numerous Sprinkler Repairs in Central and Western Oklahoma

Sprinkler Repair – Swimming pool make over.

Many times sprinkler systems are installed and later the dimensions of the yard change and the needs of a homeowner change as well.  Sprinkler Heads need to be moved for many reasons.  A swimming pool is added to the back yard for example, or a deck or side walk.  The number of sprinkler heads needed can change along with type and focus of the sprinkler head.  New landscaping can change things too. A new flower bed where grass use to be requires many changes to the Sprinkler System.

Since 1993 Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair has made every possible change or adjustment to an existing Sprinkler System.  We have even ordered special protection Shrouds from “Rainbird” that were designed to protect Sprinkler Heads from Dogs biting them while the Sprinkler System Was running.

Adding a New Sprinkler Head Before New Sod is Added.

Before we replaced the valves

After the valves were replaced

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair Servicing all of Central and Western Oklahoma.

Providing Sprinkler Repair, Emergency Sprinkler Repair, and French Drain Installation.

405 203 9419

Recently we fixed a sprinkler system that was poorly installed.

  The Sprinkler System Company that installed it didn’t know what they were doing.  There was no Master Valve installed in the Sprinkler System.  As a result, The Sprinkler Pipe between the water meter and the Sprinkler Valves stayed pressurized all the time.  This is bad during a cold snap in Oklahoma.  If a Master Valve and In-Line Pipe Drains had been installed originally, there would be no broken pipes when it got too cold.    The Sprinkler Pipes would drain automatically.

 


This week Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair overhauled a flowerbed Sprinkler Zone in a Sprinkler System in East Norman.  The homeowner had an existing Sprinkler System that was in good shape for the most part, but had problems with the flowerbed Sprinkler Zone.  It had a Drip Sprinkler Zone installed.  The Drip Sprinkler System was installed correctly but was not practical for the flower bed.  The flowerbed was very sandy and could not retain water very well even with good mulch.  Plus the surrounding brick walls increased the amount of heat the plants had to endure in the summer.  The Drip Sprinkler Zone could not provide enough water fast enough for the plants.

We provide:

1.  Sprinkler Valve Problems

2.  Sprinkler Wiring Problems

3.  Sprinkler Controller Problems / Sprinkler Clock Problems

4.  Sprinkler Head Problems

5.  Sprinkler Pipe Problems

6.  Sprinkler Coverage Problems

7.  Sprinkler Redesign Problems for new fences or swimming pools.

If you have water running down the street in the middle of the night because your sprinkler system is leaking or won’t shut off, give Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair a call.  405 203 9419

 

Broken Sprinkler Head took about an hour to fix.

Sprinkler Repair is a central focus for Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair.  Just like any car or home, a lawn sprinkler system must be updated and maintained.  Typically people wait till spring to get the kinks worked out of their sprinkler system.

 

I can tell you this, DON’T WAIT TILL MARCH TO GET YOUR SPRINKLER SYSTEM IN SHAPE.  BY APRIL THERE WILL BE A  FLOOD OF PEOPLE TRYING TO GET BROKEN SPRINKLER HEADS FIXED OR NEW SPRINKLER CONTROLLERS INSTALLED OR LEAKING BACK-FLOW VALVES REPLACED.

CONSIDER GETTING YOUR SPRINKLER REPAIR WORK DONE ANY TIME OTHER THAN THE SPRING.  FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NO CHOICE AND MUST HAVE WORK DONE IN THE SPRING, SCHEDULE AS EARLY AS YOU CAN.

OUR SPRINKLER REPAIR WORK IS TOP QUALITY AND OUR PRICES ARE FAIR.  IT IS OUR GOAL TO GET TO CUSTOMERS QUICKLY IN MARCH AND APRIL, WHILE MAINTAINING OUR QUALITY OF WORK.

Oklahoma drainage and Sprinkler Repair can help with:

1.  Sprinkler Controller Problems

2.  Leaking Back-Flow Valves

3.  Leaking Sprinkler Pipes

4.  Shorted or disconnected Sprinkler Valve Wires

5. Sprinkler Zones or Sprinkler Stations that won’t work

6. Broken Sprinkler Heads

7.  Sprinkler Head Adjustment

The Sprinkler System Problems listed above are the most common Sprinkler Problems that we deal with.

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair  can help if you need to re-design your Sprinkler System.  If for example you are adding a swimming pool in your back yard, we can move the Sprinkler Heads and Sprinkler Pipes to fit the new dimensions of your yard.  We can redesign or add-on to sprinkler systems where the home owners needs change.

Maybe you don’t need a large part of your sprinkler system redesigned.  You May just want a few heads moved to new locations.

What ever your Sprinkler needs may be, Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair can help.  Give us a call at : 405 203 9419

 


EMERGENCY SPRINKLER REPAIR — 405 203 9419

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair recently provided an Emergency Sprinkler Repair for a long time Edmond Customer.  Last year we installed a French Drain for them on the side of there house.  This time they called us on a Sunday Afternoon.  Their son drove his truck across their yard and crushed their Sprinkler Valve Box.  Water was going everywhere.  By nightfall we had the valves fixed and their water turned back on.

When it gets cold, above ground “Back Flow Valves” can have trouble.   An above ground Back Flow Valve is required to meet code for all Cities in Central Oklahoma.  Unfortunately they freeze and bust very easily.  They are actually designed to break on top when it gets cold.  Water goes everywhere.  If you have a broken back flow valve in the middle of the night, or on a weekend, Give us a Call.  Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair has been providing solutions for Back Flow Valves since 1993.

If you don’t have an emergency, but would like to make changes to your Sprinkler System, So it won’t freeze and break in the first place, we would be happy to schedule an appointment to meet with you.

Above Ground Back-Flow Valves Often Freeze and Leak in the Winter!

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair also provides all other aspects of Residential Sprinkler Repair.  If you need Sprinkler Heads moved or are having trouble with your Sprinkler Valves, Give us a call.  Sprinkler Controllers or leaking pipes are no trouble either.


Oklahoma City Sprinkler Repair

Recently we helped some folks with their sprinkler controller.  They had a lightning strike melting their sprinkler controller and all the connecting wires. Changing the Sprinkler Controller took a little time, but the larger problem was changing out all the sprinkler wires that ran underground form the controller to the sprinkler valves.  This part took a while and required quite a bit of attention to detail.

SPRINKLER REPAIR IN OKLAHOMA CITY

The sprinkler valve in the picture was replaced by Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair. When the Sprinkler Valves were originally installed, they were not put inside a “Valve Box” to protect them. The company that installed them just dumped dirt on them and got paid and left. The Sprinkler System ran ok for about two years before the sprinkler valves failed. We replaced the valves and added a valve box to protect them so this time the Rain Bird valves should last much longer. If you need help with your sprinkler system, give us a call at 405 203 9419. Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair has been solving sprinkler problems since 1993.

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair – 405 203 9419

Do you need Sprinkler Repair?

Winter is a time when a lot can go wrong with a Sprinkler System.   Sprinkler Pipes can freeze and break.  Sprinkler heads can crack or bust.  Above Ground Back-Flow Valves can crack or leak even during a warm winter.  Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair can help.  Give us a call at :

Sprinkler Controller Trouble Shooting

Having Installed Several Thousand Sprinkler Systems over the past several years, here are the most common mistakes made by homeowners who are not comfortable with their Sprinkler Controller.

Most Sprinkler Controllers have a knob or a digital touch screen.  Either way, the basic functions are the same.

Sprinkler Controller with Rain/Freeze Sensor in Oklahoma City

Sprinkler Controller with Rain/Freeze Sensor in Oklahoma City

1.  Sometimes some brands of Sprinkler Controllers won’t work because the ” Time and Date,” have not been set correctly.  If you select time/date and the screen is blank with no time or date then you have a problem.

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2.  The most common reason that a Sprinkler Controller won’t work is because the breaker has been tripped for the electrical plug that the controller is plugged into.  People assume that because the LED screen on the controller has power that the controller is receiving power.  THIS IS NOT THE CASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  ALL CONTROLLERS HAVE BACKUP BATTERIES IN THEM TO MAINTAIN THE CONTROLLERS PROGRAMMING IF YOUR ELECTRICITY GOES OFF.  THE BREAKER CAN BE TRIPPED TO THE ELECTRICAL OUTLET AND THE DIGITAL DISPLAY WILL STILL RUN OFF THE BATTERY MAKING IT LOOK LIKE IT HAS POWER WHEN IT DOES NOT.

TEST YOUR OUTLET BY CHECKING YOUR BREAKERS OR PLUGGING SOMETHING INTO THE SOCKET SUCH AS A LIGHT OR A POWER TOOL.

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Another very common mistake is that people confuse “Start Times,” with “Run Times” on the controller.

A Run Time is how long you program each Sprinkler Zone to run.

(Zone 1  5 minutes, Zone 2 8 minutes, Zone 3 25 minutes and so on.)  You program how long you want each Sprinkler Zone to run.

A Start Time is a time that you set on the controller to start zone one running.  All other zones automatically follow zone one in order lowest to highest.  Zone 2 knows to always follow zone 1 when it is done.  Zone 3 knows to follow Zone 2 and so on.  Let me repeat this.  Start Times are only for zone 1.  Again, a “Start Time,” is a time that you would like your Sprinkler System to come and run through all the zones.

Sprinkler Controllers have the ability to run more than one start time.  This is to allow your entire Sprinkler System to run more than once in a 24 hour period.  You can have a Start Time of 1 PM.  Zone 1 comes on and runs until its programmed time elapses.  Zone 2 automatically comes on next and runs.  Then zone 3 and so on.  You might have a 2nd Start Time several hours later to start and run your entire system again.  (2nd start time at 8 PM)  The Sprinkler System has had plenty of time to run through all the zones when it started at 1 PM.  At 8 PM the controller turns zone 1 on again and all the zones run their programmed amount of time.  THE MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE IS THINKING THAT YOU MUST PROGRAM A START TIME FOR EACH ZONE. ( YOU CAN NOT PROGRAM A START TIME FOR ZONE 2,3,4 etc.)  This is also apparent by the fact that most Sprinkler Controllers have a limit of 4 start times but can run more zones than 4.  Most Sprinkler Controllers can run 10 zones or more.

What causes a big problem is a when person programs a Start Time at 1Pm.  Thinking incorrectly that they need to program a Start Time for zone 2.  They enter a second Start Time for 1:15pm, and a third start time for zone 3 at 1:30 PM.  So here is what happens.  Say each zone is programmed to run for 10 minutes each.(Run Time)  Zone 1 comes on and runs at 1 PM.  At 1:10 PM Zone 1 stops and zone 2 comes on.  At 1:15 PM the second start time kicks in and tries to turn on zone 1 again while zone 2 has only been running for five minutes and the other subsequent zones have not run at all.  This is called an “Overlapping Start Time.”  With an Overlapping Start Time, Different brands of controllers do different things.  They are all bad regardless.  Some will run zone one over and over and over causing a flood.  Others will not run at all.

Most people only use or need one Start Time.

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The “Water Budget Feature,” found on most controllers can cause problems with your Sprinkler Run Times.  Water Budget is a quick way to quickly change all your Run Times for all your zones at once.  Example  —  Out of the box, your new Sprinkler Controller will be set to 100%.  If you program zone 1 to run 10 minutes and zone 2 to run 15 minutes then if your water budget is 100% then that is exactly what they will run.  If you change your water budget from 100% to 200% now zone 1 will run 20 minutes and zone 2 will run 30 minutes and any other zone’s run time will run double of what it was programmed at 100%.  This is a great feature until you accidentally change your water budget to 900% and don’t realize it.  (or 5%)

IF YOUR RUN TIMES ARE RUNNING MORE OR LESS THAN WHAT YOU PROGRAMMED THEM FOR THEN CHECK THE WATER BUDGET.

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Some of the older digital Sprinkler Controllers have an “Enter” button.  Any programming you do must be followed by hitting the Enter Button.  If you don’t hit it then programming that you think you keyed in is lost.  This is why the newer controllers don’t have an Enter Button.