Written by Ivy
Dec 15 2022
If you have an automatic sprinkler system in your yard, chances are you have experienced a broken sprinkler head before. There are many different reasons why sprinkler heads break, but the most frequent one is when a lawnmower runs over one that is sticking out too far from the ground. Anybody can pretty much fix it because it's so simple. Read on to learn how to replace a sprinkler head.
Even though some symptoms are more obvious than others, you might not be certain that repairs are necessary. You should get a new sprinkler head if your old one is completely broken off (see the result in the image to the right), the nozzle isn't covering the desired area properly, your sprinklers don't pop up when they turn on, or any of these things happen.
It's not necessary to use a sprinkler head from the same manufacturer as the damaged one. It must, however, be of the same type: pop-up (stationary, rotor- or gear-driven rotor), or impact. The new head must also match the old head's delivery rate in inches per hour (iph) or gallons per minute (gpm). Additionally, the throw distance and spray pattern must be compatible. If you install the incorrect head, your lawn or garden may be overwatered or drowned, and other heads in the same zone may perform less well as a result. So, before you purchase a replacement, you'll need all the specifications from the damaged head.
You can find this information on the nozzle, the top of the head (if it's still there), or on a label attached to the head's body (see "Remove the Broken Head"). Find the brand and part number if you can't locate the specifications. Search the manufacturer's website for the specifications after that. If you are unable to find the specifications and part number, take the old head to an irrigation service provider and request a replacement head that matches.
Visit a home improvement store or order one online (Sprinkler Warehouse is one option). The replacement head will probably come with a variety of snap-in nozzles, allowing you to customize the delivery rate, spray pattern, and throw rate of the head to meet your needs.
You must take the necessary actions to fix your sprinkler head once you have determined that it is malfunctioning. Finding the appropriate sprinkler head to connect to your system is a prerequisite before you can even start the installation process. You can determine this by consulting your previous head, your previous parts list, or by consulting a specialist. The installation procedure can be started after you locate the necessary part. Remember that not all of the components of your sprinkler system need to match perfectly. As long as you go with trusted manufacturers, it doesn't matter if you mix and match Rain Bird and Toro, they can all work in conjunction and are built to deliver quality results for a long time. Only times and sensors (anything electronic) need to be taken into consideration when it comes to compatibility.
One of the simplest sprinkler repairs is to install a new sprinkler head. If you do it yourself, it won't take much of your time and won't cost much. You must first complete the following.
Problem: There is excessive water spraying onto the driveway, your house, or the sidewalks, or not enough water is covering the grass.
Solution: On the sprinkler's top, alter the spray pattern.
Tools needed: Small flat blade screwdriver
Solution: Replace or upgrade nozzles
Tools needed: Pull-Up Tool (recommended)
Are you liable for the cost of fixing your sprinkler heads if a lawn service damages them? Usually, there isn't a contract outlining specifics like this when a homeowner hires a lawn service. However, if a reputable lawn service feels that it was at fault for the damage, they frequently agree to pay for it.
Inform the landscaping or lawn care company you hire that you have a sprinkler system and where the sprinklers are located.
It might be beneficial to know how your sprinkler irrigation system operates. Most systems consist of the following:
Your yard is divided into irrigation zones. The front yard of a house, for instance, might have several zones for flowerbeds and grass, and the backyard and side yard might also have more zones.
When a zone valve is open, water flows through the underground pipes and into the irrigation heads in that zone until the electronic controller turns it off.
The most common problems people run into with their sprinkler system are:
You can see how simple it is to fix sprinkler heads now that you know how. Please leave us a comment if you encounter any problems so we can offer our assistance. Although it's not always simple, replacing a sprinkler head is typically a simple task. Don't let your yard's sprinkler heads go another day without functioning if you are experiencing issues with them. Discover what your yard can look like once they are fixed and learn how to properly install sprinkler heads.