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29 May 2020

Pop-up Sprinkler Heads — How to Fix them with Sprinkler Master Repair

With Sprinkler Master Repair, we understand our expertise. When you choose us in any location, you choose quality service that doesn’t cut corners and quality parts that’ll last in the long run. However, we’re also aware that expertise doesn’t stay that way if knowledge isn’t shared. When considering sprinklers in your yard or lawn, there is a lot to measure and think through. Will installing sprinklers in the first place even save me time and money? Which type of sprinkler head uses water the most efficiently? How can I save more water and more money over time? Sprinkler Master Repair can answer these questions and more. Today, we’ll be looking at the Pop-up Sprinkler Head and what they mean for you and your yard!

ITS PURPOSE

A Pop-up Sprinkler Head does what it’s called — it pops up out of the ground. It connects to the main pipe by a nipple or a 90-degree funny pipe that usually connects under the sprinkler head. The Pop-up Sprinkler Head uses water pressure to push up the center shaft, which then connects to the nozzle that sprays water. It also has a rubber seal and a spring that helps slide the center shaft up and down with ease. The nozzle on top can spray a radius from 0° to 360°, depending on the type of nozzle used. Nozzles can either regularly spray a fan of water, or spray in small streams that slowly rotate. A Pop-up Sprinkler Head is usually attached to a lateral line and can connect underneath, or on the side if it’s a longer style head.

Click here and here for some video overviews on the Pop-up Sprinkler Head.

Pop-up Sprinkler Head

Names of Parts:

Pros and Cons of the Pop-up Sprinkler Head:

  • Pop-up Sprinkler Heads are relatively cheap.
  • They can be raised or lowered easily.
  • They can be connected to all kinds of sprinkler pipes.
  • The nozzles can be interchanged throughout most sprinkler heads.
  • They can be turned on and off if they have a filter.
  • The sprinkler heads are low profile and are installed underground.
  • However, because of the underground installation, they are more prone to get stuck up or clogged.
  • With them being underground when not in use, they can move up or down from underground, turn easily, and need semi-frequent adjustment.

Common Problems:

Pop-up Sprinklers most commonly get broken from being stepped on, ran over, chewed on, or getting cracked from severe weathering. They can also clog anywhere from the line that feeds them up to the nozzle they spray out of. It is a common misconception that if a sprinkler constantly leaks it’s the sprinkler head’s fault, but the real issue is the sprinkler valve that feeds the head. The nipple or 90-degree funny pipe that connects the sprinkler head to the pipe can easily break or crack. Pressure can be low from too many heads on one line, or valve.

How to Diagnosis Problems:

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  • When the sprinkler head is not spraying correctly, the nozzle is either broken or clogged.
  • If the sprinkler head stays up after watering, the rubber seal on the top of the sprinkler is going out and may need to be replaced.
  • If water is coming up from underneath the sprinkler, the connection is probably broken.
  • However, if no water or little water is coming out, there is a clog anywhere from the feed line to the head.
  • If a sprinkler is above the grass/dirt line before turning on, it is too high and must be lowered, or vice versa if they are too low.
  • When pressure across all heads is low check the flow control on the valve. If they are still low, consider replacing nozzles with low-pressure nozzles, taking heads off, then adding them to another line, or adding a new valve.

How to Install/Repair:

  • If a nozzle is broken or clogged, it as well as the filter underneath, will need to be replaced. This is done by unscrewing the nozzle/filter and screwing a new one in.
  • If the sprinkler head is staying up after watering, the top of the head or the entire head can be replaced, as they are usually the same price. If water is coming up from under the head, carefully dig a circle of dirt out from around the head, use a nipple extractor to unscrew the broken nipple if possible, if not possible, cut the fitting out of the pipe and put a new one in. Once this is done, blow out any debris by turning the valve on and then screw a new nipple and head on.
  • However, if the head is clogged, try unscrewing the nozzle first to see if debris comes out. You may find that no debris comes out, and if that happens, then the pipe controlling the head may be clogged and needs to be blown out. Unclogging a system can be troublesome. As that happens, try hooking a hose to the head, undoing the fitting right before the valve, and back-blowing it out.
  • If a sprinkler head is too low you can unscrew the head and either unscrew the nipple it’s attached to, add a nipple extender, or lift the pipe (if it’s connected to funny pipe). Your sprinkler head may also be too high. As this is the case, you will need to unscrew the sprinkler head and either unscrew the nipple it’s attached to, reattach a lower one, or connect the head to the funny pipe and move it so it can go lower than the feed pipe (if not already attached to funny pipe).
  • If pressure across all heads is low check the flow control on the valve. However, if they are still low consider replacing nozzles with low-pressure nozzles, taking heads off, then adding them to another line, or adding a new valve.

Tips and Tricks:

  • If a nozzle is clogged, try unscrewing it and blowing out the debris, or using a small screwdriver.
  • A sprinkler nozzle can turn on and off by screwing the center screw (Only if a filter is underneath).
  • Some Pop-up Sprinkler Head nozzles can only be adjusted with special tools.

Conclusion:

With any type of sprinkler concern you may have, know that you can rely and depend on Sprinkler Master Repair to get the job done right. We are sprinkler masters in all that we do! Click here to find the nearest location to you, and remember that wherever you go, Sprinkler Master Repair installs the best and repairs the rest!

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20 May 2020

How to Repair Rotor Sprinklers with Sprinkler Master Repair

Rotor sprinkler heads are quite common today. That’s why Sprinkler Master Repair is going to help you solve your own problems when it comes to these types of sprinklers. It’ll be important to understand and distinguish the components that make up a rotor sprinkler before diving into fixing problems. At any Sprinkler Master Repair location, we’ll be able to help solve and fix any sprinkler repairs or issues you may have! Click here to find a Sprinkler Master Repair service nearest to you!

A Rotor Sprinklers Purpose

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This gear-driven sprinkler head pops up out of the ground and uses internal gears that rotate the head back and forth. The rotor sprinkler head uses water pressure that pushes the head out of the ground, as well as rotates the gears. Water comes in through the bottom of the head, then comes out through the nozzle toward the top. The nozzle is a small, interchangeable, cylindrical object with a hole in the middle than can fluctuate in size, depending on how much water you need to come out. The side of the shaft that moves up and down contains the nozzle.

Springs are then used to help lift the shaft up and down when water pressure is applied. By simply unscrewing the top, the shaft can be replaced or repaired. Rotor sprinklers are also unique because the nozzle can also be removed by unscrewing the screw directly above it. Spray distance is adjusted by turning a screw located directly above the nozzle, while rotation distance is adjusted by turning a screw on the top of the head, opposite the nozzle. Most nozzles, as well as the rotation, can be adjusted with a small flat screwdriver.

Click here to watch a further overview of the rotor sprinkler head.

Names of Parts:

Pro and Cons:

Rotor sprinklers are typically very resilient. They can be used on culinary or secondary water because of the filter built into the bottom of the head. However, Orbit heads turn radius can only be opened more counterclockwise, while Rainbird’s turn radius can only be adjusted clockwise. Because of this, the whole head must be turned to match the turn radius on the stationary side.

For help in fixing or replacing Rainbird heads, click here.

Common Problems:

The gears can wear out making them not turn, or only turn one way. Over time, they can get stepped on, ran over, chewed on, or cracked. If the water pressure is not good enough they will not spray very far, or even pop up. Adjustment screws can come out or they may no longer adjust the head. The nipple or fitting they are attached to can break or crack, or the pipe leading up to the head, or the actual head can clog with debris.

How to Diagnosis Problems:

If water is bubbling up from underneath the fitting or pipe, connected to the head is broken. As the head is not popping up out of the ground, it is either clogged, or there is not enough pressure. If the head is not shooting very far, the nozzle is too big or there might not be enough water pressure.

How to Install/Repair:

If the head is broken, or will not adjust, it is easiest to replace the whole head, though they can also be repaired. The pipe or fitting leading up to the pipe might be broken, and if it is, it may need to be repaired or replaced. If the sprinkler head is not popping up or shooting very far, check the rest of the heads on the system to see if they are doing the same. In the case that none of the heads are coming up or shooting very far, check the flow control on the valve. If it is up, you can replace all of the nozzles with smaller nozzles. If that doesn’t work, the zone may need to be split.

Tips and Tricks:

Always try to use smaller nozzles instead of bigger ones to conserve water pressure. It’s not wise to use Impact or pop up heads with rotor gear heads, as they all water at different rates. Carry both a rainbird flat screwdriver and an orbit alan wrench tool when going to work on gear heads; you may never know when you need either.

Know that you can count on any Sprinkler Master Repair location to serve you in the way you deserve to be served. No matter where you go, you can know for a fact that we’ll take care of you and your needs. We install the best and repair the rest at every Sprinkler Master Repair location! Click here to find yours!

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18 May 2020

What You Choose When Choosing Sprinkler Master Repair

Life is all about choices. You know that, and so do we. However, some decisions are better than others; that’s just how life works. When it comes to choosing a sprinkler or lawn care provider, your choice doesn’t need to be stressful or difficult. In fact, it can be the easiest decision of your life to choose one of the many locations that the Sprinkler Master Repair franchise has to offer. A growing business over the last decade, Sprinkler Master Repair is dedicated to meeting the needs of you — the customer and person. We specialize in everything your lawn could ever need when it comes to sprinklers, using only the best parts and service, including:

  • Sprinkler Installation
  • Drip Irrigation
  • Sprinkler Winterizing
  • Sprinkler Head Repair
  • Fixing Automatic Sprinkler Timers
  • Adjusting Sprinkler Valves
  • Sprinkler Repair
  • … And Much More!

Beyond the quality of our service, you’re also in luck by choosing Sprinkler Master Repair due to the number of locations we have to help you best! Click this link to find a location closest to you, and learn more about Sprinkler Master Repair in your state down below! No matter where you are, you’ll always receive the Sprinkler Master Repair promise that we install the best and repair the rest! We exclusively service the following locations in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, California, Nebraska, and Colorado.

 

Utah

Sprinkler Head Repair Utah

  • Cache Valley/Logan: (435) 760-0827 | Visit Website

    • This area also services the following locations surrounding Logan:
      • Logan, UT
      • North Logan, UT
      • Smithfield, UT
      • Hyrum, UT
      • Providence, UT
      • Nibley, UT
      • Hyde Park, UT
      • Wellsville, UT
      • Richmond, UT
      • Millville, UT
      • River Heights, UT
      • Lewiston, UT
      • Mendon, UT
      • Preston, ID
  • Weber County/Ogden: (801) 784-0587 | Visit Website

    • This area also services the following locations within Weber County:
      • Brigham City, UT
      • Farr West, UT
      • Harrisville, UT
      • Hooper, UT
      • North Ogden, UT
      • Ogden, UT
      • Plain City, UT
      • Pleasant View, UT
      • Riverdale, UT
      • Roy, UT
      • South Ogden, UT
      • Washington Terrace, UT
      • West Haven, UT
  • Salt Lake City: (385) 226-5764 | Visit Website

    • This area also services the following locations within the greater Salt Lake area:
      • Salt Lake City, UT
      • Woods Cross, UT
      • Kearns, UT
      • Millcreek, UT
      • Murray, UT
      • Holladay, UT
      • South Salt Lake, UT
      • Taylorsville, UT
      • West Valley City, UT
  • West Jordan: (801) 988-9671 | Visit Website

    • This area also services the following locations with West Jordan:
      • West Jordan, UT
      • South Jordan, UT
      • Riverton, UT
      • Bluffdale, UT
      • Cottonwood Heights, UT
      • Sandy, UT
      • Draper, UT
      • Granite, UT
      • Midvale, UT
      • Oquirrh, UT
      • Daybreak, UT
      • Herriman, UT
  • Davis County: (801) 923-4119 | Visit Website

    • This area also services the following locations around Davis County:
      • Clearfield, UT
      • Clinton, UT
      • Farmington, UT
      • Fruit Heights, UT
      • Kaysville, UT
      • Layton, UT
      • South Weber, UT
      • Sunset, UT
      • Syracuse, UT
      • West Point, UT
      • Woods Cross, UT
      • Bountiful, UT
      • Centerville, UT
  • Sprinkler Repair Technician Utah County/Provo: (801) 709-1574 | Visit Website

    • This location also services the following areas around Utah County:
      • Alpine, UT
      • American Fork, UT
      • Bluffdale, UT
      • Cedar Hills, UT
      • Eagle Mountain, UT
      • Highland, UT
      • Lehi, UT
      • Lindon, UT
      • Mapleton, UT
      • Orem, UT
      • Payson, UT
      • Pleasant Grove, UT
      • Provo, UT
      • Salem, UT
      • Santaquin, UT
      • Saratoga Springs, UT
      • Spanish Fork, UT
      • Springville, UT
  • St. George: (435) 767-1266 | Visit Website

    • This area also serves the following locations around Washington County:
      • St. George, UT
      • Washington, UT
      • Hurricane, UT
      • Irvins, UT
      • Santa Clara, UT
      • La Verkin, UT
      • Hidale, UT
      • Enterprise, UT
      • Toquerville, UT
      • Leeds, UT
      • Apple Valley, UT
      • Virgin, UT
      • Springdale, UT
      • Rockville, UT
      • New Harmony, UT

Idaho

Boise Sprinkler Master

 

  • Boise: (208) 398-3471 | Visit Website | Book Now

    • This area also serves the following locations in Ada and Canyon County:
      • Boise, ID
      • Meridian, ID
      • Nampa, ID
      • Caldwell, ID
      • Eagle, ID
      • Kuna, ID
      • Garden City, ID
      • Star, ID
      • Emmett, ID

Nevada

  • Reno: (775) 387-0519 | Visit Website Reno, NV Sprinkler Master

    • This location also serves the following areas around Reno:
      • Reno, NV
      • Sparks, NV
      • North Valley, NV
      • Sun Valley, NV
      • Lawton, NV
      • Vista, NV
      • Grand View Terrace, NV
      • Martin, NV
      • Wedekind Rd, Reno, NV
      • Golden Valley, NV
      • Hidden Valley, NV
      • Mayberry-Highland Park, NV

California

  • Fresno: (559) 422-3808 | Visit Website

    • This location also services the surrounding area of Fresno, including:
      • Fresno, CA
      • Clovis, CA
      • Sanger, CA
      • Reedley, CA
      • Selma, CA
      • Parlier, CA
      • Kerman, CA
      • Coalinga, CA
      • Kingsburg, CA
      • Mendota, CA
      • Orange Cove, CA

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Nebraska

  • Lincoln: (402) 937-9521 | Visit Website

    • This area also serves the following locations around Lincoln, NE:
      • Maple Village-Wedgewood, NE
      • Meadowlane, Lincoln NE
      • Near South, Lincoln NE
      • North Bottoms, Lincoln NE
      • Pester Ridge, Lincoln NE 
      • Porter Ridge, Lincoln NE
      • Salt Valley View, Lincoln NE
      • Clinton, Lincoln NE
      • Colonial Hills, Lincoln NE
      • Country Club, Lincoln NE 
      • Crown Pointe, Lincoln NE
      • Downtown, Lincoln NE
      • East Campus, Lincoln NE
      • Eastridge, Lincoln NE
      • Everett, Lincoln NE 
      • Family Acres, Lincoln NE
      • Far South, Lincoln NE
      • Greater South, Lincoln NE
      • Hartley, Lincoln NE
      • High Ridge-Cushman, Lincoln NE

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  • Omaha: (402) 413-1734  | Visit Website

    • This location also serves the surrounding areas of Omaha:
      • Bellevue, NE
      • Bennington, NE
      • Chalco, NE
      • Gretna, NE
      • La Vista, NE
      • Omaha, NE
      • Papillion, NE
      • Ralston, NE
      • Springfield, NE
      • Valley, NE

Colorado

  • Colorado Springs: (719) 357-6682 | Visit Website

    • This location also services the following area surrounding Colorado Springs:
      • Colorado Springs, CO
      • Fountain, CO
      • Manitou Springs, CO
      • Calhan, CO
      • Green Mountain Falls, CO
      • Monument, CO
      • Palmer Lake, CO
      • Ramah, CO

Once again, life is full of choices, but an easy choice you can make today is choosing one of our many Sprinkler Master Repair franchise locations. No matter where you end up, you’ll receive only the best in quality service and care. At any Sprinkler Master Repair location, we install the best and repair the rest!

Click here to find the nearest Sprinkler Master to you!

 

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29 Oct 2019

Is it too late to winterize your sprinkler system?

   Is it too late to winterize your sprinkler system?  

The answer is no! Not until we have a deep long freeze. 

 With it already getting below freezing, the cold has not yet caused too much damage to lawn sprinkler systems. The bad news is, you are running out of time. 

The colder it gets the lower the frost goes in the ground and damages more of your sprinkler system.  Right now your sprinkler system has not had much damage because only a small part of it is above the ground.  Bellow the ground the frost line has not hit the sprinkler system yet in most areas.

  How does damage occur?  It happens from water freezing and expanding about 10% of its size causing things to split and crack.   The majority of sprinkler repair we do in the spring is caused by not having a sprinkler system properly winterized.  We can still blow out your water in your sprinkler now. Contact Us

During the Fall season,  the cold temperatures start to penetrate the soil and begins to freeze the ground. The cold temperatures have not yet penetrated to the depth that would hurt the majority of your sprinkler system.  This depth is known as the frost line. The frost line is the depth in which everything above it freezes. Sprinkler lines are typically between 6 to 12 inches deep, the frost line varies goes much deeper than sprinkler system pipes. To avoid damage, pipes with water in them need to be buried below that line, such as your water line to your home.

 

 In Northern Minnesota, the frost line can reach 100 inches and Northern Texas it can reach 20 inches. If the frost line hits your underground pipes in your sprinkler system it could total your sprinkler system, causing lots of damage. 

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      Once the lines freeze, the water turns into ice and expands, the expansion causes damage.  

To avoid the damage you need to winterize your sprinkler system.

We are still winterizing sprinkler systems!  Give us a call and save money in the spring. 

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07 Oct 2019

Sprinkler Winterization 3 Facts (Blow Out)

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1) When to Winterize your sprinkler system

When temperatures reach around 50°f or lower it a great time to blow the water out the sprinkler system.  Your lawn will begin going into dormancy start going a greenish-yellow and will stay that way till spring. According to Central sod farms (1), Inc. the lawn/grass does this to preserve energy. With your lawn in dormancy, it does not need watering then.

2) Why Winterize Your Lawn Sprinkler Unit?

Getting your lawn sprinkler system winterized for the cold weather is crucial for keeping your lawn irrigation system ready for spring and summer next year. This will help with the costs of sprinkler repair. The best way to winterize a sprinkler system the water must be blown out of your lawn sprinkler system with a high air volume air compressor to prevent freezing.

When water is expanded as it freezes by 10% this energy has to go somewhere and it will crack the hardest of materials. Ice will break any part on a sprinkler system including steel pipes and backflow devices, causing a lot of damage and costing money in the spring for sprinkler repair work.  Water can move a 10-15 ton of rocks and a 3-inch solid steel ship hull when frozen. Your sprinkler system has no chance with this amount of power (2). That is why you need to remove water in your lawn sprinkler system in the Northern United States.

Here at Sprinkler Master in the Northern United States, we are professional sprinkler technicians. All we do is repair sprinklers, and the majority of sprinkler repair is caused by sprinklers not being winterized, or not doing it properly.

3) How to winterize a sprinkler system

Can you do it yourself or have a friend do it? Yes, with the proper tools, and knowledge. The majority of sprinkler repair in the comes from sprinkler systems not being blown out correctly.

The right air compressor

The major key when winterizing a sprinkler system is having a large volume of air go through the sprinkler system.  To do this the common person needs to rent an air compressor for around the same price as Sprinkler Master charges to come do it for you. We are licensed, insured and back up our work. Most sprinkler systems cost around $75 to winterize.

Can I use my home or small air compressor?  When people use their small air compressor almost always it does not work and will take most of your day up. You need around 80-100 cfm (3), an average residential air compressor does 2 cfm. Blowing it out with a small compressor is taking a big risk(4).  To blowout your system it does not matter if your air compress goes up to 100-200 psi you will need air volume and psi to push all the water out of the sprinkler pipes (5).

 

Here at Sprinkler Master, all we do is sprinkler system repair. We do thousands of sprinkler repairs every year and a majority of our customers are people who did not winterized their sprinklers system right. We are licensed and insured; we back up our work!

Sprinkler winterization(blowout) prices start at $75 for an average sprinkler system under 6 zones.

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3 Facts about Sprinkler Winterization (Blow Out)

  1. When to winterize your sprinkler system.
  2. Why Winterize?
  3. How to winterize a lawn/irrigation system.

Sprinkler Master Northern United States go through a 5 steps checklist to turning off your lawn irrigation system.

  1. We will shut off your main line or stop and waste valve.
  2. We will then hook up our commercial air compressor and run through each zone to  insure that each zone on the sprinkler system is adequately drained to prevent damage.
  3. We then set the sprinkler timer accordingly for winter use.
  4. If necessary depending upon your sprinkler system, we will open the bleeder valves.
  5. We shut down the back flow turning the ports to open and putting the ball vales to a 45° degrees.