About the Pop-Up Sprinkler Head:
A pop-up sprinkler head is a sprinkler head that pops up out of the ground. It connects to the pipe by a nipple, or a 90 degree funny pipe that usually connects under the sprinkler head. The sprinkler head uses the water pressure to push up the center shaft, which then connects to the nozzle that sprays water. A Pop-up sprinkler head also has a rubber seal and a spring that helps slide the center shaft up and down. The nozzle on top can spray a radius from 0° to 360°, depending on the type of nozzle. Nozzles can either constantly spray a fan of water, or spray in small streams that slowly rotate. A pop-up sprinkler head is usually attached to a lateral line and can connect underneath or on the side if it’s a longer head.
Parts that make up the Pop-Up Sprinkler:
Quality parts go into most Pop-up Sprinklers, including Rainbird, Hunter, Orbit, Toro, nozzles, rubber seals, springs, top screw covers, extensions, the 90 degree funny pipe, Dual orifice/Dual Spray, an MP Rotator, MP 1000-3000, adjustable nozzle, Rotary R-Vans, He-Van(finger Streams), Van-Adjustable, Side strip nozzles, a center strip nozzle, End strip, Quarter, Half, Full, High Efficiency, Arc, Bubbler, and 4,6,8,10,12,15,18,20 and 30 feet filters.
Pro and Cons of the Pop-Up Sprinkler:
Pop-up sprinkler heads can be raised or lowered easily and are also relatively cheap. They are versatile and can connect to most pipe fixtures. The nozzles can also be turned on and off if they have a filter, and the sprinkler heads themselves are installed underground. The heads require semi-frequent adjustment, only occasionally needing to be tended to.
A major problem with Pop-up sprinklers is that they get broken from being stepped on, ran over, or worn down due to weathering. They can also clog anywhere from the line that feeds them up to the nozzle they spray out of. If a sprinkler constantly leaks it is the sprinkler valve that feeds the head that is the issue. The nipple or 90 degree funny pipe that connects the sprinkler head to the pipe can easily break or crack. Pressure can also be low from too many heads on one line, or valve.
How to Diagnosis Problems:
A call and visit from Dr. Sprinkler Repair (Colorado Springs, CO) would mitigate the problems you have with your pop-up sprinkler. Call us today at (719) 357-6682 to see if we can help you with any of the following problems, or if you need more help to find solutions:
- The nozzle is either broken or clogged if a sprinkler head is not spraying correctly.
- The sprinkler head stays up after watering; this means the rubber seal on the top of the sprinkler is going out.
- If water is coming up from underneath the sprinkler, the connection is probably broken. When no or little water is coming out, there is a clog anywhere from the feed line to the head.
- If a sprinkler is above the grass/dirt line before turning on, it is too high and must be lowered. Consequently, if the sprinkler head is too low while turning on, it needs to be raised higher.
- If pressure across all heads are low check the flow control on the valve. If they are still low, consider replacing nozzles with low pressure nozzles, taking heads off, then adding them to another line, or adding a new valve.
How to Install or Repair:
There are certainly a lot of things that can go wrong with your sprinklers. Here are a few suggestions to potential problems:
- Your nozzle and filter underneath may need to be replaced if a nozzle is broken or clogged. Simply unscrew the nozzle/filter, and screw a new one in.
- If the sprinkler head is staying up after watering, the top of the head, or the entire head may need to be replaced, as they are usually the same price. If water is coming up from under the head, carefully dig a circle of dirt out from around the head, use a nipple extractor to unscrew the broken nipple if possible. However, when that may not a possibility, cut the fitting out of the pipe and put a new one in. Blow out any debris by turning the valve on and then screw a new nipple and head on.
- Your sprinkler head may be clogged. As that happens, try unscrewing the nozzle first to see if debris comes out. If debris does come out, unscrew the whole head. The pipe controlling the head may be clogged and needs to be blown out if no debris comes out. If you are having trouble unclogging a system, try hooking a hose to the head, undoing the fitting right before the valve, and back-blowing it out.
- A sprinkler head may be too low. Simply unscrew the head and either unscrew the nipple its attached to. If the head is connected to a funny pipe, add a nipple extender or lift the pipe. Your sprinkler head may be too high and you will need to unscrew the sprinkler head and either unscrew the nipple its attached to, reattach a lower one, or connect the head to funny pipe and move it so it can go lower than the feed pipe(if not already attach to funny pipe).
- If pressure across all heads are low check the flow control on the valve. If they are still low consider replacing nozzles with low pressure nozzles, taking heads off, then adding them to another line, or adding a new valve.
Additional Tips and Tricks:
Try unscrewing a clogged nozzle and blowing out the debris using a small screwdriver. If you have a filter underneath the sprinkler head or nozzle, by screwing the center of the nozzle, you can shut it on or turn it off. Some repairs will require special tools.
With any other additional issues you may have, know that you can call Dr. Sprinkler Repair (Colorado Springs, CO) to install or repair any sprinkler need you may have. One call at (719) 357-6682 is all you’ll need to understand the Dr. Sprinkler difference, in that we offer exceptional service, all while using quality parts at an affordable price. Don’t delay, call us today!
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