Why aren’t my pop-up sprinkler heads working?

WP Law - Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tips to Figuring Out Why Pop-Up Sprinkler Heads Aren't Working

Sprinkler System

During the hot summer months, nothing is worse than going to turn on your sprinkler, waiting to see the gush of cooling water, and slowly realizing that your woes have just begun because water isn't coming out. From a broken line to a cracked sprinkler head, there are several reasons why your pop-up sprinkler heads are failing to work. To help you resolve your current predicament, we have gathered together a few helpful tips.

If your pop-up sprinkler head isn't working, you might need to look at more than one component of your sprinkler system. The following tips will guide you as you play Sherlock Holmes to figure out a solution to your sprinkler issue.

  • Find any broken sprinkler heads. -- A broken sprinkler head is one of the most common reasons that your pop-up sprinkler heads do not work properly, even when the water is turned on at a full blast. Broken sprinkler heads are easy to identify. Simply look for cracked casings, broken plastic pieces, or heads that refuse to pop-up out of the ground. Once you have found a broken sprinkler head, you should replace it with a new model.
  • Check to see if your sprinkler heads are super dirty. -- When a sprinkler head is clogged with dirt or other debris, it will soon fail to rise completely out of the ground. To resolve this issue, simply clean the sprinkler heads. Be sure to clean both the head and the plastic screen basket.
  • Is your water pressure too low? -- Low water pressure is not only a nuisance, but it can also cause the sprinkler heads to stay buried in the ground. To resolve this issue, check to make sure that the valves on your backflow device are fully open. A fully open valve will provide the highest water pressure.
  • Check for any leaks in the water line. -- A leak in the water line can cause low water pressure and keep water from flowing to the sprinkler head. If water doesn't reach the sprinkler head, then it won't pop-up out of the ground.

  • If, after exhausting these top tips, you're still having issues with your pop-up sprinkler heads, we invite you to contact our team of experts at W. P. Law, Inc. We would be happy to help you further troubleshoot the sprinkler issue or purchase a new sprinkler head to more easily meet your watering needs.

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