Fixing a Sprinkler Head That Won’t Rotate | Sprinkler Repair Tips

While automatic irrigation systems are obviously great and extremely convenient, there are times where they can develop issues just like any other type of equipment. One common problem that occurs is when a sprinkler head won’t rotate. While we strongly recommend that you call a professional when you have problems, this is the one time where you may be able to perform a repair on your own. For some helpful sprinkler repair tips read below.

How to Do It

Again, if you have any sort of electrical problem, don’t try to work on your system on your own. Call a professional. But, if your sprinkler head won’t rotate simply because it is clogged, here’s some sprinkler repair tips.

  • Disassemble the sprinkler head. You should be able to simply unscrew it. Have a bucket of water handy and wash away any debris or dirt that may be causing the problem. If the head is clogged with dirt it may be able to rise but not be able to spray. It also may not lower or it could be spraying water erratically.
  • Take off the filter at the bottom of the head. If you can’t pop it out with your fingers, use a flathead screwdriver or a pair of pliers. Be gentle, though; you don’t want to risk doing any damage.
  • Rinse the filter in a bucket filled with clean water to wash out debris.
  • If this doesn’t work you’ll need to have the sprinkler head replaced. This can be a fairly involved job so you’ll more than likely be better off calling in an expert.
  • If it does work, make sure the head is properly adjusted when you re-install it.

If you have any questions or need any type of sprinkler system repair, the experts at Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage & Lighting  will be glad to help. Give us a call or contact us online to set an appointment.