Irrigation system repair

Irrigation systems require maintenance every once in a while. These repairs should be done before summer time. Leaks in the system affect the water flow uneven across the plant beds.

Sprinkler head replacement

First of all you need to pull the nozzle body out. A special sprinkler removal tool can be used for this task. Rotate the main sprinkler body counterclockwise in order to loosen it up. Make sure you hold the sprinkler head while rotating or else it will not come off. If broken risers are one of the issues, use a sprinkler wrench to remove the pieces. The main sprinkler wrench needs to be rotated counterclockwise in order for the riser to come off. Fit a new riser on the threaded PVC  piece screwing it into place. After that, screw the sprinkler head into place. Screw the nozzle back into place and readjust the spraying angle.

Broken piping

First of all cut the water supply of the sprinkler. Dig a 12 inch trench around the broken pipe. Surface water leaks and areas with pooling water are signs of damage.

Use a PVC ratchet cutter to cut the broken pipe section. Cut off 10-12 inches of PVC pipe out of the broken section. This way you will have enough room to work.

The two ends of the pipe need gluing. Glue a PVC coupling to each of the piping ends. The couplings should be either 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch. The repair component can be 12 inches total to extend the pipe.

Slide the repair coupling to the broken part of the PVC pipe. Let the area dry overnight and then check the pipe for leaks.

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