How to Replace Sprinkler Heads


Having an irrigation system installed in your lawn or garden makes life a lot simpler for any lawn or garden keeper. By simply setting the timer or turning on the faucet and walking away, your lawn or garden is quickly showered with an ample supply of water keeping your plants and grass always growing and looking their best. During the life of your sprinkler system, sprinkler heads can break and crack, causing a wasteful fountain of water to come spewing from the ground. Replacing sprinkler heads can be done at home without the assistance of a professional.

Step 1

Locate the sprinkler heads that need to be replaced. Look for water shooting from the ground or flooded patches on your lawn or garden.

Step 2

Shut off the water source to stop the water flow. This also prevents the sprinkler system from activating while you are working.

Step 3

Use a small garden shovel to dig the soil away from the sprinkler head. Dig down in the soil until you can see where the sprinkler head joins the main underground water pipe, which is usually about 6 inches down.

Step 4

Unscrew the broken or damaged sprinkler head from the main water pipe. You may need to use a plumbing wrench to successfully loosen and remove the sprinkler head.

Step 5

Allow any excess water to drain from the pipe, and wipe away mud from the rivets where the new sprinkler head will connect.

Step 6

Place the new sprinkler head onto the main water line, and turn on the water supply to make sure there are no leaks. If water seeps from the sprinkler head, simply tighten the sprinkler head a little at a time (to prevent breakage) until the seeping water stops.

Step 7

Fill in around the sprinkler head with loose soil, and your sprinkler system will be in working order.

Things You'll Need

  • Small garden shovel
  • Plumbing wrench


  • Irrigation Repair
Keywords: lawn irrigation systems, lawn irrigation repair, replacing sprinkler heads

About this Author

Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.