If you have never worked on your own sprinkler system before and suddenly discover soggy ground around your sprinkler head, you'll need to have that replaced. If you don't have this done in a timely manner, you could end up seeing higher water bills and the turf in the area could die from too much water. However, you can replace the head yourself and this guide shows you how.
Step 1: Have Your Tools Handy
Complete this project by first taking a photo of the sprinkler head with your phone, and then take it to the home improvement or hardware store to get a new one, along with these supplies:
- an adjustable wrench
- a square shovel
- a small tarp
Step 2: Turn Off the Water
Locate the valve that controls the sprinklers. It is usually located in the garage or shed, but it may be attached to the exterior walls of your home. Turn this valve off. If you cannot find it, turn the water off at the main inlet box for your home, or at the meter itself.
Step 3: Dig the Hole and Save the Sod
Lay down the tarp several feet away from the sprinkler. Cut the sod with the square shovel by placing it about two feet out from the sprinkler and pushing it into the ground with your foot. Push back on the handle of the shovel gently to pull up the sod. Place the sod on the tarp so that you can replace it later.
Continue digging around the sprinkler until you have a couple feet around the perimeter dug up. This gives you plenty of room to work in.
Step 4: Remove the Old Head
Take the new head out of the package and have it ready to put in place. Don't worry if you see a little water or moisture in the package or in the sprinkler head itself. Workers test them several times during the manufacturing process, so there may be some residual water left behind.
Sprinkler manufactures create heads that automatically seal themselves when attached to the pipe. Even though they were attached by hand, you'll need to unscrew the head with the wrench because of the seal. Once you have the head loose enough to remove by hand, toss the wrench aside, hold the pipe straight up so no dirt gets inside and screw off the head completely.
Step 5: Attach the New Head
Grab the new head and screw it on tight with just your hands. The seal will automatically begin to work and no special tools are needed.
Set the head to the desired direction and intensity according the instructions on the package. Replace the dirt around the sprinkler head and then put the sod back in place. Then turn the water back on.
Wait a day or two and then walk around the area to make sure the ground is not soggy like it was before. If it is, call a landscaper like Victoria Garden Sprinklers Irrigation for help, because there may be another issue.