Sprinkler Heads Not Popping Up? Three Reasons This Can Happen

If you have pop-up sprinklers and the heads are not popping up, this can be due to many things. Below are three of these reasons so you can get your sprinkler system repaired to provide water for your lawn or gardens. 

Damaged Sprinkler Heads

Over time, the sprinkler heads can break or become damaged. If you mow your lawn, you may hit one of the sprinkler heads without knowing it. If so, this can damage them or even cause them to break. Flying debris, such as from a strong storm, can hit the sprinkler heads and damage them. 

Inspect the sprinkler heads and if you see cracks or they are broken, they will need to be replaced with new ones. If you are not familiar with how to do this, contact a sprinkler repair company. This will send a contractor to your property to quickly replace the heads with new ones. Make sure you know the make and model of the sprinkler system when you call them to ensure they bring the right heads with them.

Clogged Nozzle

Another thing that can cause sprinkler heads to not pop up is the nozzle may be clogged. Over time, debris like twigs, grass, insects, and dirt can get stuck in the heads. If there is enough debris, it will clog them up. 

You can try to unclog the sprinkler nozzle yourself. First, remove the sprinkler head and inspect it. If you see built-up debris remove it. When all debris is removed, put the sprinkler heads back in. Turn on the sprinkler system and the sprinkler heads should now pop up for you. If they do not, contact a repair contractor to determine what the problem is. 

Broken Sprinkler Head Valve

If only one or two of your sprinkler heads do not pop up, it could be due to a broken valve. The valve is an important part of a sprinkler system as it controls how much water flows out of each head. The valve is under a plastic or metal cap close to the sprinkler heads. 

To repair this problem you will need to replace the head valves. Turn off the sprinkler system and remove the valve cap. You can now inspect it to see if it looks broken. If so, hire a sprinkle repair contractor to replace the head valve for you.

The sprinkler repair contractor can tell you about other problems you can have with pop-up sprinkler systems. This will allow you to get the problem taken care of quickly. For more information on sprinkler repair, contact a company near you.