How To Replace Sprinkler Head

How To Replace Sprinkler Head. It’s pointless to try to repair a damaged sprinkler head if the pipe beneath it has to be replaced because only a broken head or pipe will allow extra water from the system to seep around the sprinkler.

It’s conceivable that ahead is leaking inside, however, the most likely cause in this scenario is a broken or damaged pipe.

Sprinkler system piping above ground can be troublesome due to damage from lawn mowing equipment and other heavy gear, but you should constantly check for leaks beside subterranean lines where tree roots or faulty construction could cause harm.

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How to replace a sprinkler head is discussed here.

Step 1

Cut a 2-4-inch wide circle of grass with a serrated knife, trowel, or garden spade. To remove the grass, dig at least an inch below and around the head of your plant.

The first step is to remove any loose material around your plant’s base, such as mulch or gravel.

Step 2

Dig an 8-10-inch deep hole around the sprinkler. Placing dirt back in the hole is easier if you layer it on a waste bag or in a bucket.

When replacing the pipe in the ground, make sure it doesn’t leak since holes are commonly filled with water from sprinklers after they are removed.

Step 3

Grab the riser that connects the sprinkler to the water pipe from underneath the sprinkler head. Turn the sprinkler counterclockwise to remove it from the riser.

If unscrewing the riser is difficult, use slip-joint pliers to keep it from falling loose. Examine the riser for any damage or leaks, and keep dirt out. Cover it with a plastic bag or a towel.

Step 4

If you notice the head of your present sprinkler is damaged, take it to the store for comparison and buy an appropriately sized replacement.

Purchase a variety of nozzles while you’re at it. Flush out dirt from where the riser attaches by turning on the water to the zone. Turn off the water and hand-tighten the new head to the riser.

Hold under the faucet while putting it together to guarantee there are no leaks once it’s finished. Plastic fittings that do not require seal tape should be included.

Step 5

To check sure the zone’s pop-up sprinkler is operating properly, turn it on. Fill the hole, straighten the sprinkler, and compact the soil around the sprinkler body.

A pop-top-up should be 1/4 to 1/2 inch above the soil level. For a continuous green landscape, cut new sod.


Is it possible to turn off a sprinkler head?

Make every effort to turn off the sprinkler head. With a screwdriver, spin the screw in the center of the head counterclockwise until it is snug, about 1/4 or 1/2 turn.

When tightening this screw, take care not to overtighten it, since this might make its function less effective under typical operating conditions.

What is the lifespan of sprinkler heads?

If properly cared for, a decent quality head with a strong construction will last you between 10 and 15 years.

A cheap head unit will only last 2 to 3 years and will need to be changed within that time frame, depending on the water quality and the climate in the area where it is installed.

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