How to Repair Broken Sprinkler Heads

Sprinkler systems are essential for maintaining lush gardens and lawns, but occasionally, they can break. One of the most common issues is broken sprinkler heads. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you fix them.

Step 1: Diagnose the Problem

Before starting the repair, make sure the problem comes from the sprinkler head itself and not from other parts of the system such as the valves or pipes.

Step 2: Gather Your Materials

You will need:

  • Replacement sprinkler heads
  • A shovel or trowel
  • Plumbers’ tape
  • A wrench (optional)

Step 3: Shut Off the Water Supply

Always shut off the water to your sprinkler system before attempting to make repairs to avoid injury or further damage.

Step 4: Excavate around the Broken Head

Carefully dig around the broken sprinkler head, trying not to damage any underground lines. Remove enough earth to work on the sprinkler head comfortably.

Step 5: Remove the Broken Sprinkler Head

Unscrew the broken head from the riser. If it’s difficult to turn, use a wrench. Be careful not to disturb or break the riser.

Step 6: Prepare the New Sprinkler Head

Use plumbers’ tape to wrap the threads of the new head, which will help prevent leaks.

Step 7: Install the New Head

Screw the new sprinkler head onto the riser. Make sure it’s facing the right direction for optimal coverage and that it’s level with the ground.

Step 8: Backfill the Hole

Replace the dirt around the new head, and pack it down gently. Make sure the head isn’t too high or too low.

Step 9: Test the System

Turn the water back on and run the sprinkler system to ensure the new head operates correctly.

Step 10: Adjust if Necessary

Once water is running, adjust the spray pattern as needed on the new head to ensure even coverage of your lawn or garden.


With the right tools and a bit of know-how, replacing a broken sprinkler head can be a simple DIY project. Regular maintenance checks can help prevent future issues and ensure your sprinkler system runs efficiently all season long.

If you’re not comfortable performing this repair yourself, it’s best to call a professional who specializes in sprinkler repairs to do the job for you.


If you have any questions or need any type of sprinkler system repair, the experts at Houston Sprinkler Repair will be glad to help. Give us a call or 346-642-6161 to set an appointment.

How to Repair Broken Sprinkler Heads
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