Repairing Your Sprinkler System

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sprinkler sprayingHaving a sprinkler system installed in your lawn is very helpful, especially if you have a large piece of property. Hand-watering can be a very tedious and time-consuming task, and with the help of a sprinkler system, there is no need for hand-watering unless you have problem spots that need to be watered for longer than the rest of the lawn. Along with every great invention, there are possibilities of something going awry and the great invention must be fixed. We provide you with a how-to guide to do sprinkler system repair on your own.

Where's My Problem?

There are two places where your sprinkler system can break: the sprinkler head or along the main line. Breaking sprinkler heads is a very common thing and can be fixed easily. You can break a head by accidentally running over the grass in your car or with a lawnmower. If you have a break along the main long, it is certainly a more expensive and involved process. A break can occur during aeration, or from a frozen pipe, or a faulty installation. Once you have determined where your problem is, you can follow this guide accordingly.

Main Line

  • Determine where the line is broken. There's usually no problem in finding this part; there's usually a fountain of water spewing from the area.
  • Shut off the main water source!
  • Dig around the area so that there will be room for you to maneuver your arms around the pipe.
  • Carefully cut the broken area of the pipe. Make sure that your cuts are straight and even!
  • Clean and dry off the area because you will be applying an adhesive.
  • You will need to purchase glue specific for piping. You should get the kind that has primer and glue so that you won't need to buy them separately.
  • You will also need to purchase an expansion repair coupling. Some people choose to buy just regular PVC piping, but the coupling enables you to expand the piping to better fit your sprinkler line, and you'll only need to cut out a smaller part.
  • Apply the glue to the cut ends of the pipe, in addition to inside of the coupling where it will be joining the pipe.
  • Quickly put all the parts together and hold them together to ensure that they fuse properly. Allow the glue to dry for about 15 minutes.
  • Turn the water back on to make sure that there are no more leaks.
  • If there are no leaks, congratulations! Celebrate by filling in the hole that you dug.

Sprinkler Head

  • Dig a hole around the sprinkler head so you'll have room to work with it.
  • Unscrew the sprinkler head, but make sure that you don't take the riser along with it.
  • Clean the area of any dirt.
  • Set the old head aside and screw in the new one on the riser.
  • Turn on your sprinkler system, and your problem should be fixed.
  • Fill in the hole that you created.

Sprinkler Riser

  • Dig a hole around the sprinkler to give yourself some room.
  • Take off the head.
  • Since the riser is broken, you'll most likely need pliers in order to remove the whole thing.
  • Make sure the sprinkler is clear of any dirt.
  • Install the new riser.
  • Turn on your system, and it should work properly.
  • Fill in the hole.

Repairing your sprinkler does take a bit of time and effort, but if you do it correctly, then it should be fairly simple. The most important thing that you can do is to make sure that everything is clean before you replace any part. Having the slightest bit of dirt could cause damage to your system. If your system is still not working after you've followed the instructions, then you'll need to call in a professional because there could be something else wrong with your system. In fact, you can call a professional if you feel intimidated by any aspect of repairing it on your own.


If you need assistance with your sprinkler system, call us at (407) 378-5366.