Before diving into any discussion on how to resolve sheared wires, we’d like to start off with prevention tips to avoid this problem and save you any potential issues in the future.
When choosing an installer for your irrigation system, you may wish to consider whether or not the company will provide an "as-built" drawing upon completion of the system installation. At Andrews Irrigation, this is standard practice on our new installations. These drawings are drawn to scale and include the location for which all wires, piping and associated system infrastructure was installed throughout the property. This information is critical for a variety of different reasons and can be a huge lifesaver in the future, especially when you least expect it.
Anytime you plan to dig or do any construction projects after completion of the irrigation system, the as-built drawing serves as the starting point for reference when locating and identifying potential conflicts. Its helpful to keep in mind that Miss Utility typically does not include locating certain private systems such as residential irrigation, landscape lighting, or dog fences. Therefore, you want to be sure to contact your irrigation contractor directly, along with your miss utility locate request for all other general utilities. Taking the simple step to connect with your contractor before major construction projects can sometimes save a system from being totaled in extreme situations. Unfortunately, we have seen this happen before where a simple consultation appointment would have been all that was needed to avoid the loss.
If you’re reading this post and already know, or suspect the wires in your system have been cut, don’t panic. Turn your system off, and call your irrigation contractor. At Andrews Irrigation, we utilize high tech wire tracking systems designed to locate and identify cut wires that are hidden underground. Once the break has been located we will be able to splice the wiring back together so your system will be back up and running.