Sprinkler systems are a great addition to any home. They keep your lawn looking amazing. However, a clogged sprinkler head can cause a number of problems for your lawn. Before you know it, your lawn isn't getting watered and it starts to dry up and turn a sickly brown color. By taking the time to go through and clean out your sprinkler heads at least once every year, you can prevent any dirt and debris from building up and clogging your system. Just follow these simple steps below to make sure your sprinkler heads are nice and clean.
Raise and remove the head.
The first step is to raise the heads out of their sleeves like when they are going to spray the lawn. This gives you access to take the sprinkler head off of the sleeve. All you have to do is unscrew the head. In the event you are struggling to unscrew the head, you can always turn the system on and try turning the head when the system is running. This tends to be quite messy for you, but the added pressure from the water spraying does tend to loosen the heads up a bit.
Soak the heads.
Once you have the heads off, you can take all of them and put them into a large bucket of hot water. Allow them to soak for a good half hour to an hour to loosen up the excess debris that might be lodged in the holes.
Clean the heads and sleeve.
As your sprinkler heads are sitting in the hot water soaking, clean any debris and excess dirt out of the sleeves. When ready, clean your heads with a stiff wire to get all of the contaminants out of the sprinkler holes. Most of the particles will have fallen out from soaking, but the wire will help you to get at any leftover residue.
Replace and test the heads.
After all of the dirt is cleaned from the heads, simply screw the heads back onto the sleeve. The head should be lowered back to ground level. Once you have everything back in place, turn the water on and test the system to make sure everything is spraying properly. If one seems to be having problems, double-check to make sure it is screwed on properly. It might need to be replaced if all else fails.
By going through the steps above, you can have your system up and running like it should in no time.
For sprinkler system services, contact a company such as Heads Up Sprinkler Systems.