Unclog And Clean A Sprinkler System's Head

If you were doing some landscaping near your sprinkler system's head and dirt spilled on it and clogged some of the holes in it during this time, water may not be dispersed evenly whenever you turn on the system to water your lawn. Unclog and clean this important part by completing the instructions below. Once you have finished, water will spray out of the head properly so that your lawn remains healthy.

List Of Materials

  • screwdriver
  • tube brush
  • bucket of soapy water
  • sponge with abrasive surface
  • rubbing alcohol
  • lint-free cloths
  • water hose

Remove Debris That Is Clogging The Head

Turn off the sprinkler system. If hardware is holding the sprinkler head in place, use a screwdriver to loosen it before removing the pieces by hand. Rotate the head counterclockwise until it is wobbly. Pull the head upwards to release it from its holder. Flip the head over so that its bottom is facing upwards. Slide out the filter and set it aside. If any debris is stuck inside of the bottom section of the head, use a soapy tube brush to remove it. Use the scrub brush's bristles to dislodge dirt from the holes that run across the top of the sprinkler head.

Eliminate Stains From The Exterior And Clean The Filter

If any surface stains on the head's exterior weren't eliminated with soapy water and a scrub brush, pour a little rubbing alcohol on a sponge that has an abrasive surface. Wipe the sponge firmly across each soiled area. Once the head's surface is shiny and stain-free, rinse it off with a steady stream of water to eliminate soap and rubbing alcohol from it.

Inspect the filter; if it is clean, replace it in the bottom of the sprinkler head. If it is dirty, dip it in the bucket of soapy water and move it around rapidly to loosen the debris. Rinse the filter off with plain water once you have finished, and attach it to the sprinkler head. 

Replace The Sprinkler Head

Replace the sprinkler head in its holder. Tighten it by turning it clockwise until it no longer moves. Insert hardware by hand and tighten it with a screwdriver. Turn on the sprinkler system. If you have successfully removed all of the debris that was clogging it, water will spray out evenly. In the future, cover the sprinkler head when you are going to be doing work around it that could potentially cause debris to clog it. 

If you are unable to unclog the sprinkler on your own, contacting a sprinkler installation company to help is a wise idea.