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Maintaining Your Lawn's Irrigation System: Tips for Troubleshooting or Replacing a Rain Bird Sprinkler Head

Maintaining Your Lawn's Irrigation System: Tips for Troubleshooting or Replacing a Rain Bird Sprinkler Head

Rain Bird sprinkler heads are an essential component of an efficient irrigation system for your lawn. Over time, these heads may become damaged or malfunction, resulting in inadequate coverage and water waste. Replacing a sprinkler head is an easy task that can be completed in about 20 minutes. The process does require a bit of digging, but its not difficult, so don't let a little dirt deter from this simple lawn maintenance project. In this article, we'll walk you through the steps to troubleshoot a problem with a sprinkler head, and if necessary, how to replace a defective one with a new Rain Bird sprinkler head.

Why replace a sprinkler head

There are a few reasons why you might want to consider replacing your sprinkler head. When you replace a defective sprinkler head with a new Rain Bird sprinkler head, you're ensuring optimal irrigation for your lawn. Not only does this save you time and money in the long run, it also helps to maintain the health and beauty of your lawn.

Some of the benefits of replacing a defective sprinkler head with a new Rain Bird sprinkler head include:

Improved water efficiency - With a new Rain Bird sprinkler head, you can be sure that your lawn is getting the right amount of water. This saves you money on your water bill while conserving water.

A healthier lawn - When your lawn is properly watered, its better able to withstand pests, disease, and extreme weather conditions.

A more beautiful lawn - A well-watered lawn is more likely to be green and lush.

We'll go over some steps you can take to determine if the sprinkler head needs troubleshooting or replacing.

 

Troubleshooting or Replacing a Rain Bird Sprinkler Head

 

Before you begin, it's important to turn off the water supply to the irrigation system. This will prevent any water from spraying out of the system and allow you to safely work on the sprinkler head.

 

To replace a spray head:

 

Troubleshooting or Replacing a Rain Bird Sprinkler Head

1. Turn off water to the zone and carefully remove 3 to 4 inches of grass and dirt from around the sprinkler. Use an empty garbage bag or plastic trash can lid to temporarily store the loose sod and dirt. Take care while digging to avoid damaging any underground pipe or fittings. It's best to wait 24 to 48 hours after running your sprinkler system, or the dirt will be wet and muddy.

 

Troubleshooting or Replacing a Rain Bird Sprinkler Head

2. Carefully unscrew the old head to prevent any loose dirt from falling into the hole. Check the threaded riser or other connector for damage or excessive wear under the head. If it is damaged, remove more soil to expose the entire fitting. Replace with proper fitting thread and length.

 

 

Troubleshooting or Replacing a Rain Bird Sprinkler Head

3. Clean the threads and apply plumber’s tape to the male connector. Then gently screw your new Rain Bird sprinkler head onto the riser or fitting and hand tighten.

 

 

 

 

Troubleshooting or Replacing a Rain Bird Sprinkler Head

4. Turn on water to flush the head for 2 to 5 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

Troubleshooting or Replacing a Rain Bird Sprinkler Head

5. Replace the dirt and block of turf around the head.

 

 

 

 

 

Troubleshooting or Replacing a Rain Bird Sprinkler Head

6. Make initial adjustments to set the spray direction and distance. Turn on the water and twist the stem to set the left spray edge. It will take some pressure and you will hear an audible click. You can make fine adjustments to reduce the spray distance up to 25% by tightening the screw on top of the nozzle. 

 

 

 

Troubleshooting or Replacing a Rain Bird Sprinkler Head

7. On adjustable pattern nozzles (Rain Bird VANS), twist the knurled dial on the nozzle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, test the new sprinkler head by allowing it to run through a complete irrigation cycle. This will ensure that it is providing adequate coverage and is functioning properly.

 

Replacing a sprinkler head is an easy task that can help keep your lawn looking its best. By following these tips, you can fix most common problems with your sprinkler system quickly. If you do need to replace a defective sprinkler head, we recommend using a Rain Bird sprinkler head for the optimum results. Proper maintenance and care of your irrigation system, including replacing damaged or malfunctioning parts, can help ensure a healthy and beautiful lawn.

 

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