How to Fix Sprinkler Heads


Sprinklers provide water to your thirsty lawn no matter the weather. Underground lines supply water throughout the lawn, with heads distributing water at the surface. While the underground lines that transfer the water are relatively safe from harm, sprinkler heads are susceptible to stray debris from a lawn mower, mower blades and kids playing in the yard. Fortunately, a broken head is a simple repair.

Fixing Broken Heads

Step 1

Find the broken head. Look for flooded areas and examine each individual head.

Step 2

Inspect the head for visible signs of damage such as cracking, or evidence that it has been run over by a lawn mower.

Step 3

Move around the sprinkler head sleeve to see if it is stuck. Pull up and down on the sprinkler head to see if it has freedom of movement. Check that the rotating arm that moves your sprinkler head around is not stuck, cracked or snapped off.

Step 4

Unscrew the sprinkler head. Look inside its piping for any debris blocking it. Use a small wire to poke through any debris that may be clogging the filter.

Replacing a Head

Step 1

Dig a hole around the sprinkler head, using a small hand shovel or knife.

Step 2

Unscrew the old sprinkler body from the pipe it is connected to and remove it from the hole.

Step 3

Take the sprinkler head to your local hardware store and find a replacement.

Step 4

Place the new sprinkler head in the hole and attach it to the pipe. Turn on the water to blow out any dirt or debris that may have become clogged in the pipe.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Wire
  • Hand shovel


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