Do you own a home with a sprinkler system? How long has it been since you had your sprinklers installed or just checked out by a professional? If it's been more than a year or two, it's a good idea to have a professional inspection performed. Unlike some other aspects of owning a home, it's not always easy to tell when a sprinkler system has fallen into disrepair. Thankfully, there are a few signs that you can watch for, including:

Increasing water bills: Over time your sprinkler pipes can shift and may separate due to the way the soil around them moves. When this happens, you may have no obvious above-ground signs that something is amiss, even though more water than usual is pouring into the soil surrounding the sprinkler pipes. Because of this, your first notification that you are in need of a sprinkler repair may be a water bill that is significantly higher than usual. If you've tried cutting back on the water being used in your home and you are still getting water bills that seem ridiculously high, the reason may lie in a leaky sprinkler system. 

Boggy ground: If your soil isn't a fast draining one, you may start to see a flooded lawn before you notice a serious increase in your water bill. With an excess of water and nowhere for that water to go but up, it's not uncommon for systems in need of a sprinkler repair to result in a lawn that is marshy, boggy, or just plain flooded. Unless you've been experiencing a lot of heavy rain recently, your lawn should not be muddy or overly soggy after a sprinkler session. When you notice this happening, you'll need to call in a professional to fix the issue.

Sidewalk stains: Your sprinkler system should be watering your grass, not the sidewalk. Unfortunately, sprinkler heads can become dislodged due to a variety of reasons and may no longer function as intended. If you're not at home or can't check your yard when the sprinklers are running, you may only find out that your sprinklers are misaligned due to the new stains that will appear on the sidewalk in front of your property. Since you're just wasting money if you're watering the sidewalk instead of your lawn, you're going to want to have a sprinkler repair professional, such as Noble Tree Service Inc., check out your system for faults and realign any sprinklers as soon as possible.