Unfortunately there comes a time when you will have to replace a leaky or damaged pop up sprinkler head. Although you may have no idea where to start, your life will be made much easier by following these 4 easy steps. First off what you will need is a plastic sheet or tarp, a shovel, a replacement sprinkler head, pliers, and maybe a replacement PVC riser.
Step 1: Locate the damaged sprinkler head
The first step when replacing a sprinkler head is to locate the damaged one that needs replacement. You can usually spot this as it will be in an area on your lawn that is brown and dry. Another way to locate the damaged sprinkler head is to turn on the water and look for a bubbly fountain of water coming up from the damaged sprinkler head on the lawn.
Step 2: Find a replacement sprinkler head
The next step is to choose an appropriate replacement for the damaged sprinkler head. Make sure you get the same type of sprinkler head. There are all kinds of different sprinkler heads that are designed to spray water at different degrees. You want to make sure that you pick a sprinkler head that only waters the section of the lawn you want it to water to prevent wasting water or overwatering your lawn.
Step 3: Find the right PVC riser replacement
The next step is to replace the damaged pop up sprinkler head. Usually if the sprinkler head is damaged the PVC riser tube will also be damaged so you may need to replace that as well. PVC riser tubes vary in length and come with threads on either end. They are easy to install as one end screws into the system pipe and the other screws into the sprinkler head. As you can’t cut the PVC riser tube, due to the threads on either end, make sure you get one that is of appropriate length. You can remove the old riser tube with the pliers and use it as a model when finding a replacement.
Step 4: Install the new pop up sprinkler head
The final step in installing a new pop up sprinkler head is to put on the new sprinkler head. Put down your tarp near the broken sprinkler head and remove the dirt around the sprinkler head and place it on the nearby tarp using your shovel. You should remove about half a foot of dirt from around the sprinkler head riser and you needn’t dig deeper than the system pipe’s depth. After this all you have to do is unscrew the PVC riser and add your new one in. Then screw the new pop up sprinkler head onto the riser. Finally make sure to check and adjust your sprinkler head so that it is aiming in the right direction. After placing the dirt back around the sprinkler head turn it on to make sure everything is working properly.