Quick Tips for Sprinkler Repair

Over time, almost everything wears out or breaks. Your sprinkler system is no exception to this rule. Sprinklers that once evenly distributed water across your grass, may now leave parts of your lawn looking brown. Many broken sprinkler systems will need to be repaired by professionals, but the average homeowner can do several basic sprinkler repairs. Luckily some of the most common sprinkler issues are the easiest to fix. Listed below are three of the easiest tips for sprinkler repair.

#1.  Dirty Sprinkler Heads

Cause: If your sprinkler heads are spraying unevenly, not lowering after completing their cycle, or rising but not spraying, then your sprinkler may be too dirty to function properly. Over time debris can end up clogging your sprinkler heads.

Tip: Dig around the sprinkler head (if needed), and remove it from the riser. While holding the base, unscrew the head in order to take it apart. At this point you will be able to see a clogged filter screen. Remove the filter screen and wash it out in a bowl of water. You can also clean the rest of the sprinkler head by spraying it with water. Once reassembled, check the sprinkler to see if it functions properly. If the sprinkler does not work, you will need to replace the sprinkler head.

A sprinkler head working correctly in the California Drought #2 Low Water Pressure

Cause: If your sprinklers are spraying with low pressure, or not rising at all, then you may have an issue with the flow control at the backflow device.

Tip: Check the valves to make sure they are open. The valves on both the horizontal and vertical pipes need to be checked. You can do this by turning both valves to their open positions.

#3 Broken or Failing Head

Cause: If your sprinkler does not work, or sprays oddly, then then it may be broken. Look for cracking in the plastic, or a completely broken off sprinkler head.

Tip: Dig around the sprinkler head (if needed), and unscrew it from the riser. Clean out any broken debris that may be left within the riser.  Connect a new sprinkler head to the riser and twist it tightly into place with your hands.