How To Identify & Fix A Faulty Sprinkler Head On Your Own

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Sprinkler systems are a wonderful and Eco-friendly way to irrigate your lawns. But what happens when your system is faulty? The following is a guide that can help you identify a bad sprinkler head and how you can fix the issue:

Signs Of a Faulty Sprinkler Head

The following should help you identify an issue:

  1. The simplest thing to look for is a missing head. This could happen because a vehicle, lawnmower, or bike damaged the sprinkler head. 
  2. The sprinkler head might begin to sprinkle the water erratically, or it might not spread any water at all. 

The aforementioned are a few symptoms to look for, although there are others. You can talk to your sprinkler installation system specialist about any other signs to look for. 

How To Replace Your Sprinkler Head

You will need the following for your small project:

  • A small square shovel
  • You will need a wrench
  • Gloves, as you will be working with dirt
  • A new replacement sprinkler head for your system. You can get this at your local hardware store or with your sprinkler specialist.

To replace your sprinkler head, just follow the steps below:

  1. The first thing you should do is contact your local municipal department to find out where any important underground cables and lines are. You can contact the city by calling 811 or by talking to your sprinkler specialist, as he or she can help you identify power lines and such.
  2. Turn off your system completely.
  3. You can begin to dig around the damaged sprinkler head with your shovel. The hole around the sprinkler head should have a 2 feet diameter of the sprinkler head. 
  4. You will have to dig around 8 to 12 inches before you reach the riser. The riser is the connection between the sprinkler and the main pipe or water pipe.
  5. Make sure you dig carefully, as you do not want to damage the water pipe that is usually made of plastic. 
  6. Twist and turn the sprinkler head counterclockwise. You should be trying to pull the head off at the same time. Use the wrench if you are having a hard time twisting the sprinkler head. 
  7. Do not let dirt get into the riser after you removed the sprinkler head. 
  8. Simply replace it with your new sprinkler head.
  9. Turn the water on to see if there is a leak, as you might not of installed the sprinkler head tight enough.
  10. Turn off the water, and refill the hole. 

Remember that this is to fix a minor sprinkle head issue. If your sprinkler head is not the issue, then you might have a larger problem that requires a professional's opinion. 

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