How to Fix a Sprinkler Leak
Leaks from an irrigation system usually start at the underground pipes. If this is the case, you’ll need to dig into the part of your yard where the leak is originating to expose that section of the pipe. Once that’s finished, they can replace the broken pipe with a new section. Depending on how bad the leak is, entire sections of the pipe may require repair. Once the system is turned off, make sure the sprinkler heads aren’t spraying or dripping, because that’s a sign that they need repair.
How to Replace Broken Sprinkler Heads
Over time, sprinkler heads are prone to crack and break, which makes this one of the most common repairs you’ll have to do. Luckily, it’s also quite an easy repair to do. First, check all the heads for any signs of breakage or cracking on the plastic.If any heads are completely broken off, that’s usually a sign that they’ve been mounted too high, which causes them to be knocked off by lawn mowers or even people walking. To replace a broken head, you’ll need to dig in the area surrounding the head while the system is off. Make sure to save the grass so that it can be put back once the repair is done.
Removing The Sprinkler Head
Depending on the model of the sprinkler system, you may or may not need tools to remove the head. Often you can unscrew the head by hand off of the riser. From there you can replace the head and lightly tighten it onto the riser. Make sure to test the system with the new head before replacing the dirt and grass around the head.
Cleaning Clogged Sprinkler Heads
While replacing the head, you might realize that it is clogged rather than broken, but no worries, it’s also a quick and easy repair to make. When your head is clogged, you’ll notice that the sprinkler head rises but causes the water to spray irregularly or not at all.
Following the same steps as above, dig out the head and remove it from the riser. Then disassemble the head by lifting it out of the canister. Within the canister is a filter that ensures the water coming out is clear of debris. Check to see if it’s clogged and rinse it out with clean water, along with the rest of the head for good measure. Once it’s clean put the parts back together and return it to the riser.
Contact Berardi Irrigation
For any question about your irrigation system, or any repairs that need to be made, please give us a call at 781-828-2029, or contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.