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When Is It Time to Fix Leaky Sprinkler Heads?


Did you know that you should expect your annual home maintenance costs to be around 1% to 4% of your home's value? Taking care of a home is a responsibility that every homeowner has.


However, only some homeowners pay enough attention to their sprinkler system. Sprinklers need love too!


Please keep reading to learn when it's time to fix leaky sprinkler heads and opt for sprinkler repair.


Leakage Between Riser and Cap


It's time to fix a leaky sprinkler head when you notice leakage happening between the riser and cap when the riser is completely extended.


You can check this by turning on the sprinklers and inspecting each head for leaks. If the riser doesn't come up, hold it up with your hand to test this.


Make sure you check all sprinkler heads. If there is one leaking, it can prevent another sprinkler from popping up.


If you notice leakage, you likely have one of these problems:


● The riser seal is bad.

● The riser is scratched.

● The cap is scratched.


You'll need to hire professionals, like Premier Oaks Landscape Management, to replace your sprinklers.


Sprinkler Heads Not Popping Up


A leak from one sprinkler head can cause another to stop popping up or retracting. Pop-up sprinkler heads have springs that push or pull them.


Debris can get stuck in the gap between the riser stem and the cap. This jams the head and leads to the need for sprinkler head repairs.


If you notice that the riser isn't moving up and down easily, you might need to replace the sprinkler head outright.


Test your sprinkler heads by pushing them into the ground and pulling them back up to loosen them of debris. If something else is needed, it's best to get a professional opinion.


Excessive Blow-By


A malfunctioning sprinkler head might be experiencing a blow-by. This is a small amount of water that squirts out of the gap between the riser stem and the cap when the riser comes up.

It's normal for your sprinkler riser to have a small amount of blow-by. However, you might need sprinkler repair if you notice an excessive amount.


As your riser pops up and down, ensure you clean dirt and grass from it. It's also helpful to regularly lubricate the seal.


If there is still a lot of water coming out, you'll need to replace the sprinkler head.


Damaged Sprinkler Heads


Fixing sprinkler heads is only sometimes plausible. If your sprinklers are broken and damaged, you'll have to replace them.

Someone can trip on your sprinkler heads and cause damage. Outside critters may also chew on your sprinklers during droughts. Lawnmowers are a common cause of damage to sprinkler heads.


Hire a sprinkler repair service that uses an appropriate swing riser assembly. This will protect your spray or rotor sprinklers from future damage.


Do You Need a Sprinkler Repair?


As a homeowner, it's essential to know when it's time to fix leaky sprinkler heads.

If you notice leakage between the riser and the cap, the sprinklers aren't popping up, or if there is excessive blow-by, you need sprinkler repair. Damaged sprinkler heads are likely to need a replacement.


Contact us today to check out your sprinklers or to schedule a repair.


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