I have a Rachio 3 in California.
I struggled all summer with various settings (installed in May) and am running up against a problem I can’t figure out.
I have fourteen zones, a mix of grass, plants and trees: the grass are sprinklers and the rest are mostly misters/sprayers. All zones have been underwatered, according to both my keen ability to notice plants and grass die, and our gardeners – who keep complaining. I have tried to adjust many advanced settings to increase watering beyond out-of-the-box settings, but to little avail.
Here’s the bigger problem: Rachio is using 60% more water than it thinks. Our water bill has been out of control, and we’ve isolated it to irrigation after many rounds of testing with the City. Over the past few months, here is what Rachio thinks, and here is what actually has been used (in irrigation only):
- Oct: Rachio reports 12,400; actually used 21,000 in irrigation
- Sep: Rachio reports 10,500; actually used 17,000 in irrigation
- Aug: Rachio reports 19,200; actually used 33,600 in irrigation
- Jul: Rachio reports 13,300; actually used 27,000 in irrigation
How do I best go about troubleshooting this? Clearly something is massively off if Rachio thinks 12,400 gallons is sufficient for October, but 21,000 are being used – and the grass is still dying.
Is it possible that I have a substantial leak in our irrigation system, only while the system is running? (There is no leak while irrigation is disabled.) I would think something this significant (60%+ usage) would affect the behavior of the actual watering.
2b. How would I go about resolving/finding something like this?
Thank you for your help,