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How to Handle Sprinkler System Damage from Lightning

Lightning is a powerful natural phenomenon that can cause significant damage to electronic systems, including your home’s sprinkler system. If you suspect that a recent lightning storm has damaged your sprinkler system, it’s important to take immediate steps to assess and address the situation to ensure your lawn continues to receive the care it needs. Here’s what you need to know:

Step 1: Safety First

Before you do anything, ensure it’s safe to inspect your sprinkler system. Avoid checking the system during a storm or if there is standing water near any electrical components.

Step 2: Initial Inspection

Do a visual inspection of the sprinkler system’s controller. Look for any signs of burn marks or smell for any burned electrical components. Check if the display on the controller is working and see if you can access the system settings.

Step 3: Check the Power Supply

Sometimes, a lightning strike may trip the circuit breaker connected to your sprinkler system. Check your home’s circuit breaker box and reset any tripped breakers. If the system still doesn’t turn on, there might be further damage.

Step 4: Inspect Sprinkler Heads and Valves

Walk around your property and inspect each sprinkler head and valve box. You’re looking for any visible damage or signs that the system is not functioning correctly, such as leakage, not popping up, or failing to shut off.

Step 5: Professional Assessment

If your system is still not functioning properly after the initial checks, it’s time to call in a professional. A trained technician can perform a comprehensive assessment, including checking for electrical damage to solenoids and wiring that might not be apparent during a visual inspection.

Step 6: Consult Your Insurance

Some home insurance policies cover lightning damage. Check your policy details and consult your insurance provider to see if the damages to your sprinkler system are covered. Be prepared to provide any necessary documentation or assessments from professionals.

Step 7: Preventative Measures

To prevent future lightning damage, you might consider:

  • Installing a lightning arrestor in your sprinkler system to protect it from surges.
  • Regularly inspecting and maintaining the system to ensure it’s in good condition and can withstand minor surges.


Lightning strikes can adversely affect your sprinkler system, potentially leading to costly repairs or replacements. By following the above steps, you can quickly identify and address any damages, ensuring that your lawn remains healthy and well-watered. Remember, when in doubt, always consult a professional to safely and effectively handle electrical components of your sprinkler system.


If you have any questions or need any type of sprinkler system repair, the experts at Mr Sprinkler Repair will be glad to help. Give us a call or 855-695-1000 to set an appointment.