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July 26/2023

Replacing a Sprinkler Head

A well-maintained automated irrigation system is key to maintaining a healthy and lush lawn. However, even with routine care from a professional sprinkler repair service, you must replace the sprinkler heads when they malfunction. Homeowners should learn to identify potentially damaged parts in time before it becomes a significant problem, and Atlanta Irrigation Company can help with that. We have a team of well-trained and experienced technicians ready to help you save money on unnecessary repairs without compromising the aesthetic appeal of your premises. Replacing sprinkler heads is usually a straightforward process, but if you prefer a hands-off approach, we can help. Here are some instances to look out for to replace your sprinkler heads.

Broken Sprinklers

There are many reasons why sprinkler heads break, from being run over by vehicles or lawn mowers to high water pressure. Some signs that indicate broken sprinklers include puddles around the sprinkler head, the presence of water geysers, or water spraying unevenly or not at all. The sprinkler head is partially missing, cracked, or completely broken if you detect any of these signs. If you have children and pets, the nozzles can break when they trip on them or chew on trying to get a drink.

Heads not Popping Up and Retracting Properly

Over time, debris and dirt get stuck in the gaps between the sprinkler cap and riser stem, jamming the heads, which makes it difficult for them to pop up. A DIY solution to get rid of the dirt involves loosening the heads and flushing them by turning on the system before gently pushing the sprinkler back into the body. Once this is done, release it so it can pop back up, and then repeat the process several times to ensure all the debris is removed.

If the first solution doesn’t work, turn off the water and pull the sprinkler riser by hand. Although the retraction spring will offer resistance, the riser should move up and down without changing. The riser won't move freely if the dirt has severely scratched the riser and surrounding seal. When this happens, the only solution is to replace the sprinkler head.

Rotor Sprinklers Not Rotating

If there’s adequate water pressure, but the sprinkler head is not rotating correctly, there’s a clog. Start by disassembling the sprinkler and cleaning the debris or dirt in the heads and filter. Rotor sprinklers don’t rotate effectively when the dirt obstructs movement, and cleaning can restore function and optimize efficiency. However, if this doesn’t work, you should consider buying a new sprinkler. Our team of experts leverages state-of-the-art tools and equipment to enhance the quality of irrigation system installation and maintenance.

Low Head Drainage

This is a common problem affecting sprinklers installed on slopes or uneven terrain, which continue to drain for a while when the system is turned off. When this happens, replace the sprinkler heads in areas with the lowest elevations with those that have check valves to mitigate water wastage. After turning off the system, the check valves hold water in the pipes, preventing low head drainage problems.

If you suspect a problem with your system, contact us today at Atlanta Irrigation Company and schedule a consultation. We guarantee quality irrigation services, helping you maintain an appealing and healthy lawn at competitive market rates.