Mr Sprinkler Repair

Sprinkler Repair

Mr Sprinkler Repair

Sprinkler Repair


I’ve Got a Leak, How Do I Turn Off My Sprinklers?

Discovering a leak in your automatic irrigation system can quickly go from a minor nuisance to a major problem if not dealt with promptly. Not only can it lead to water wastage and increased utility bills, but it may also cause damage to your garden or lawn, and potentially even your property. Thus, it’s crucial to act fast and shut off your sprinklers to manage the situation effectively. Here’s a simplified step-by-step guide to help you turn off your automatic irrigation system and mitigate any potential damage from a leak.

Step 1: Locate the Main Shut-off Valve

The first step in stopping the water flow to your sprinkler system is to locate the main shut-off valve for your irrigation system. This valve is generally found near your water meter or where the main water line enters your home. In some cases, particularly in areas prone to freezing, the shut-off valve might be located inside your home, in the basement, or in a utility room to prevent freezing.

Step 2: Turn Off the Valve

Once you have located the main shut-off valve, turn it to the “off” position. Depending on the type of valve, you may need to either turn a lever so it’s perpendicular to the pipe or turn a handle clockwise to close it. If your system is equipped with a gate valve, be gentle and avoid over-tightening to prevent damage to the valve.

Step 3: Drain the System (If Necessary)

If your system doesn’t have a built-in method to relieve pressure or drain water from the lines after the main valve is shut off, you may want to manually drain the water to prevent any residual water from leaking through the compromised part of the system. This step is particularly important if you are shutting down the system in preparation for repair or ahead of freezing weather conditions.

Step 4: Power Off the Controller

After the water supply is shut off, it’s best to also turn off the electrical power to the irrigation controller. This will prevent the system from attempting to activate any of the valves and operate the system while the water is off. Most controllers have an “Off” or “Stop” position on the dial, but it’s also recommended to cut the power at the breaker or unplug the unit for added security, especially if repairs may take some time.

Step 5: Schedule Repairs

With the water and power to your irrigation system safely shut off, it’s time to assess the damage and schedule any necessary repairs. If you’re comfortable with DIY repairs and the issue is minor, you may be able to fix it yourself. Otherwise, it’s wise to contact a professional irrigation technician to ensure the system is repaired correctly and efficiently, minimizing the risk of future leaks.


A leak in your automatic irrigation system can be a daunting problem, but knowing how to promptly shut off your system can prevent further damage and save on unnecessary water usage. Remember, maintenance checks and regular inspections of your irrigation system can help catch and resolve issues before they become serious problems.


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.