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Clean The Head To Your Sprinkler System If It Isn't Working Properly

After you use your sprinkler system on a daily basis, the sprinkler head may become clogged from grass clippings, dirt, and other debris in your yard. When this occurs, the pressure of the water that comes out of the holes in the head may not be as strong as it normally is. Learn how to clean this important part of your irrigation system with the following steps. 


  • bucket of warm water
  • mild detergent
  • tube brush
  • rubbing alcohol
  • lint-free cloth
  • replacement filter

Remove The Sprinkler Head And Clean It

Turn off the power to the sprinkler system. Remove the sprinkler head by turning it counterclockwise. Lift the head away from the base. Remove the filter by pulling it gently away from the bottom of the head. If the filter doesn't appear to be very dirty, place it in a bucket of warm water and move it around until any residue has been eliminated. If the filter has a lot of debris stuck on it or is damaged, install a new one after you have finished cleaning the sprinkler head.

Use a tube scrub brush that has been dipped in soapy water to clean the inside of the sprinkler head. Insert the brush through the bottom of the head and twist it around to remove dried residue from the head's interior walls. Scrub the holes on top of the head to loosen dirt that is stuck inside of them. Rinse the sprinkler head off with a water hose when finished. 

Wipe The Head With Rubbing Alcohol And Reattach It

Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a lint-free cloth and wipe the outer and inner parts of the sprinkler head. The rubbing alcohol will remove any fine particles that you missed while you were cleaning the head with soapy water. Line up the filter on the bottom of the head and gently push it into place. Insert the sprinkler head in its base and turn it clockwise until it is tight. Turn the power on to the system and inspect the water stream that comes out of the sprinkler head's holes.

If the water is steadily coming out of each hole, the blockage has been removed and the head is working properly. In the future, inspect the head after excessive use to make sure that debris isn't trapped inside of it. Cover the head when cutting weeds or mowing your lawn to help keep the sprinkler system working the proper way. 

For more help with sprinklers, contact a service like Steeplechase.