How to Replace a Broken Sprinkler Head

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Hi! I’m Sean Mullarkey with TriState Water Works: your professional and prompt lawn sprinkler service and repair company.

Today I’d like to show you how you can replace a lawn sprinkler that’s gone bad. You might ask, “What happens to them? Why do they go bad”? Well, as they get older they wear out. One of the major areas they wear out if right here at the wiper shield. So if your sprinklers running and you go up and look at it closely and you see water bubbling up out of the ground, probably should replace it. Other things that happen to lawn sprinklers are lawn aerators.

So if you have your lawn aerated, good chance that you might get holes poked in the top of your sprinkler from the lawn aerator. Another problem that can happen is if they get frozen and there’s water still in them, the case can crack.

So, this is a Do-It-Yourself  job. You can do this yourself or can call us and we would be more than glad to come out and fix it in a prompt, professional manner for you. So let’s take a look at how we replace one of these sprinklers.

This is a sprinkler that needs to be replaced. So, the sprinkler would be the center of my hole. I want to dig a hole that the radius is the same size as the sprinkler I’m going to use to replace it. So basically I need to come out this far from the sprinkler and just work my way around, dig up the sprinkler and replace it.

This is the best type of shovel to use. A little rounded nose spade works real well is cutting out the side and developing a nice round hole. So, using the sprinkler as our measuring stick, (pause) we slowly work our way around the sprinkler head (pause), cutting out the side (pause), and digging up the sprinkler. Now I use my spade as like a pry bar and pry up the side and soil. Next, I’ll just use my hands to pull that up and there we have an exposed sprinkler head.

If you look at the sprinkler we haven’t installed yet, you’ll notice at the base are female pipe threads. That is where we will screw it on to the existing pipes for the lawn sprinklers. First, we need to remove the old. Simply take the sprinkler in your hand, turn it counterclockwise to remove the sprinkler. Once it comes unscrewed, set it aside, take your new sprinkler head (pause) and screw it onto the pipe.

It’s important that the sprinkler lines up with the hole that’s in the sod. So gently and easily, guide the sprinkler head back down into the sod, then take your feet and step the sod down to make it nice and smooth and level.

One last thing we need to do is replace the nozzle. Here’s a nozzle we’re going to put back into the new sprinkler body. Simply pull up the sprinkler, unscrew the flesh cap, drop your new nozzle into the sprinkler, twist it on until it stops turning.

See how simple that was to replace a sprinkler head? Some of the benefits of doing that too: you’re gonna save water and you’re also have better and healthier looking plants and lawn. So if you need us to come out and take care of that, please call TriState Water Works: your prompt and professional lawn sprinkler service and repair company.

2017-12-10T05:47:10+00:00September 2nd, 2014|Sprinkler System Service and Repair, Videos|

About the Author:

Graduating from the Ohio state University in 1981 with a degree in Landscape Design and Construction Sean has worked in the green industry his entire adult life. Sean has been designing and installing efficient irrigation systems since the late 1980’s. Sean is certified with the Irrigation Association in the following areas: • Certified Irrigation Designer • Certified Irrigation Contractor • Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor • Certified Golf Irrigation Auditor • Certified RainXchange professional Sean is also registered with the EPA as a “Water Sense Partner” having demonstrated the ability to conserve water through proper design and management of irrigation systems. Sean is the owner of Applied Water Technologies an irrigation design and consulting firm and the operator of TriState Water Works the hassle free irrigation service provider Sean is also an Adjunct teacher at Cincinnati State Community College teaching the various irrigation classes and sustainable energy use in the landscape. Sean’s irrigation design work has encompassed Golf Course Irr., Sports Turf Irr. As in Baseball, Soccer, Football, Residential Irrigation., Light Commercial Irr., Large multi-family developments as in condominium complexes, apartment complexes, housing developments, agricultural irrigation as in field crops, pasture, vegetable farming, livestock operations, Irrigation for LID projects as in green roofs, bio-retention, natural area remediation, Industrial irrigation for temperature control, material cooling, and dust control, Nursery irrigation for both greenhouse crops, field crops and pot in pot operations, Waste water treatment for effluent dispersion, and odor control.

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