How to Address a Sprinkler Head Not Spraying

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Over time, certain issues may arise with your sprinkler system. One such issue is a sprinkler head that isn’t spraying. If this issue occurs with your system, here are the steps that the experts at Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage & Lighting may follow to repair your sprinkler system.

1. Inspect the Sprinkler Head

We will inspect the sprinkler head to determine the cause of the problem. When we inspect a sprinkler head that is not spraying, we take a thorough approach to identify the root cause of the problem. Our inspection involves visually examining the sprinkler head for any signs of damage or wear and tear, including cracks, breaks, or any other visible damage that could be preventing the sprinkler head from functioning correctly.

In addition, we also check for any debris or dirt that may be clogging the nozzle and affecting the water flow. This could include anything from grass clippings and leaves to small rocks or stones that may have become lodged inside the nozzle. If we find any such obstructions, we remove them carefully to ensure that the water flow is restored to its optimal level.

Furthermore, we also examine the surrounding area of the sprinkler head to check for any potential causes of the problem, such as overgrown vegetation that may be obstructing the sprinkler’s trajectory. By taking a comprehensive approach to the inspection process, we can identify any underlying issues and address them appropriately to ensure that the sprinkler head is functioning correctly and providing adequate water coverage to the area it’s designed to cover.

2. Clean the Sprinkler Head

When we encounter a dirty or clogged sprinkler head, we start by carefully removing it from the system. Depending on the severity of the issue, we may be able to clean the head while it’s still attached to the system. However, if necessary, we will remove the head to ensure that it’s cleaned thoroughly and properly.


To clean the sprinkler head, we use a small brush to remove any dirt, debris, or buildup that may be blocking the nozzle. We use a gentle touch when cleaning to avoid damaging any delicate parts of the sprinkler head. Additionally, we ensure that any debris is cleared away from the nozzle opening to allow for proper water flow. By taking the time to thoroughly clean and maintain the sprinkler head, we can ensure that it continues to function correctly and provide the necessary water coverage to the area it’s designed to cover.

3. Replace if Necessary

If we determine that a sprinkler head is damaged beyond repair, we will need to replace it entirely. We start by selecting a replacement head that is compatible with the existing system and meets the necessary specifications, such as spray pattern, arc, and radius.

Once we have selected the appropriate replacement head, we carefully remove the damaged head from the system, making sure not to damage any of the surrounding components. We then install the new head and properly align it to ensure that it covers the intended area.

In some cases, replacing a single sprinkler head may not be enough to restore the system’s full functionality. If we find that multiple heads are damaged or in need of replacement, we may need to conduct a more extensive overhaul of the system to ensure that it is working correctly.

By carefully selecting and installing replacement heads that are compatible with the system, we can help to ensure that the sprinkler system provides adequate water coverage to the area it’s designed to cover.

4. Test the System

Once we have completed any necessary repairs or adjustments, we will test the sprinkler system to ensure that the problem has been resolved. We may also perform routine maintenance to prevent future issues from arising.

At Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage & Lighting, we specialize in providing high-quality sprinkler, drainage, and outdoor lighting services to homeowners and businesses in the United States. With years of experience in the industry, we have a team of highly skilled technicians who are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to handle any issue related to sprinkler systems. If you have a sprinkler head that’s not spraying, contact us to inspect and repair the issue for you.