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What to do if a Sprinkler Head Doesn’t Come Up
Check for Debris
If you have a sprinkler head that wonít pop up, there might be something you can do to quickly remedy the problem. Some common problems are a leak in the sprinkler pipe, a clogged sprinkler head, dirt in
the body, a cracked sprinkler, or even just grass growing over the sprinkler head too far.
To start off, make sure thereís no grass or dirt covering the sprinkler head. Remove grass from the sprinkler head, and turn on the water to the zone with the problematic sprinkler head. Press the sprinkler†
head down while water is on, and† wiggle it around a bit to see if you can break it free from any debris. It might help to try to grab the head with your hands and pul it up as well. This helps break any debris from the sprinkler and it should get washed out by the water pressure.
If that doesnít fix it, check the nozzle of the sprinkler head. If thereís any debris that you can obviously see, try to gently pry it out.
Check for a Broken Sprinkler
Itís also very common to have a broken sprinkler head. Theyíre pretty easy to find as well. Look for cracks in the housings, or heads, or plastic pieces around the sprinkler head. If a sprinkler head is broken, they usually have to just be replaced. We have a video linked in the description that goes over how to easily replace a broken sprinkler head.
Check for Low Pressure
If these havenít solved your issue, itís probably low water pressure. The easiest fix for this is to make sure that all of the valves and flow controls are completely open. If only 1 zone has low pressure, check the flow control on the automatic valve.†
Low pressure on a zone or a specific sprinkler head could also be a leak in the water line. The easiest way to see if it’s a leak and to find where the leak is, look for a place in your lawn or yard thatís wet and muddy or lower than the rest of the ground around it. Random wet or green spots in your yard could definitely be the spot where a leak is.†
Repair the PVC Line
Repairing a leak can be a lot more complicated, and we recommend calling professionals to repair sprinkler lines. If you want to see if Sprinkler Master offers services in your area, visit sprinklermaster.repair, or the link right here. If youíre in an area where we are, weíd be happy to come help you repair a sprinkler line.
If you want to try to replace the sprinkler line, you do it at your own risk. Contractors that are insured are the much safer option. Weíre not responsible for any damages you cause to your home by trying to repair or dig out a sprinkler line. But if youíd like to learn how to repair a PVC or Funny pipe line, CLICK HERE to find videos that can help.†
If none of these work, it might just be a problem with the water coming into your home. If itís been a long-term problem, you might have to resort to using low pressure sprinkler heads, or splitting your sprinkler zones. Again, we highly recommend using a professional to install a pump for you.†
If the issue is relatively new and isnít caused by new construction of homes in the town or additions or changes youíve made to your sprinkler system, itís possible that your pressure vacuum breaker needs to be repaired or replaced, or a main line isnít on all the way. If itís only one zone in your system thatís got low pressure, double check the automatic valveís flow control is completely open, and look closely for signs of a pipe leak somewhere on that zone. Another possibility is a tree root may be squeezing one of your pipes, reducing water flow. If you know of a sprinkler pipe running by a tree, you may have to dig up the pipe around the tree and cut and splice a new piece of pipe away from the tree roots.
If you want professional, licensed and insured help with your sprinkler system, Click Here to find out if Sprinkler Master offers services near you. If you need advice or help on something, comment below. Weíd be happy to respond, or even make a video to help you with your problem with your sprinklers.