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Fix a broken sprinkler: You can do it!

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Problems with sprinkler systems are less troublesome to fix than you may think. Two areas that commonly require repair are the sprinkler heads (where water sprays out) and the main pipe line (the underground plumbing). Let’s start with the easier of the two:

Sprinkler Heads usually break from being chopped by a lawnmower. Follow these 5 simple rules to swap out a broken head:

  1. Look at the broken head and note the manufacturer, model number, and size of nozzle so you can purchase the right replacement head.
  2. With your new replacement head in hand, you’re ready to get those hands dirty: dig around the broken head with a spade to make room.
  3. Unscrew the nuts holding the broken head on, and remove gently. Make sure no dirt falls into the riser.
  4. Fit the new head back on, and screw it down.
  5. Finally, run your system to test. If it’s working correctly, simply fill in the hole!

Main Pipes can break due to anything, from a shovel to tree roots. Follow these 5 simple rules to repair them:

  1. Start by answering these questions: Where is the leak? (where the pool is gathering) Which is the main line? (the underground one – not the one going to the home) How do I close off the water source? (look for a valve connected to the main line)
  2. After closing the water source, dig in the area of the leak until the damaged pipe is reached.
  3. Next, cut off the broken section of pipe using a hack saw or pipe cutter.
  4. Measure a new length of pipe to bridge the gap.
  5. Connect the ends tightly using couplings and apply adhesive.
  6. After 15 minutes of drying, run your system to test. If it no longer leaks, simply fill in the hole!

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2 Comments

  1. Jane Taylor Says:

    October 27th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    This sound/looks like my problem. I have the pop-up and riser out. I just can’t get all the dirt out to screw the new one in. Wish someone would invent a small suction vac so I could find the place to screw new one in.

  2. Neighborhood Gnome Says:

    November 21st, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    That seems like a common problem Jane, maybe this article will help you http://www.familyhandyman.com/landscaping/sprinkler-repair-how-to-unclog-sprinklers/view-all