Summer's come early this year, and I've already noticed a brown spot
in my lawn. After a close inspection, it would appear that on one of
my pop-up spray head sprinklers isn't functioning properly. Water is
not only spraying from the head's nozzle, but also bubbling up through
the 1.5" stationary ring that the head sits in when idle, resulting in
less spray through the nozzle. Is this a clear indicator of a specific
problem, like a cracked pipe below? Any suggestions for what is
needed to get the sprinkler back in working order before I go digging
up my lawn?
Dig away enough soil to see where the water is coming out. Sounds like
broken pipe. You can't fix it if you can't see it. Pull back the sod a
little bit and lay it back down after you make the repair. It could be
that the head isn't screwed in tightly enough, but more likely the pipe
I would venture a guess that possibly because of calcium buildup, the head
is not popping all the way up and thus it is not making a seal around the
popup. Or of course it could be dirt or a worn out head causing this. I
would simply replace the sprinkler.
Thanks for your input, gentlemen.
After spending some time with my sprinkler system yesterday, the
problem seems deeper than originally stated. I'll post in a different
Your input is much appreciated. :)
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