If you notice an issue with your sprinklers, it’s a good idea to take action right away to ensure the problem doesn’t become worse. If your sprinklers aren’t working properly, you may have dry areas on your lawn, spots that are too wet and other issues. Getting to know what some of the most common sprinkler problems are, how to fix them, and when to call the professionals can help ensure your system continues working properly season after season.

Clogged Sprinklers

As time passes, dirt and debris may become trapped in the nozzle or filter. This means the water isn’t going to spray as far or as much as it should.

To fix this on your own you can try the following:

  • Pull up the sprinkler using a flat head screwdriver and secure the riser with a soft clamping device
  • Turn the water off and unscrew the top part
  • Remove the filter
  • Rinse the nozzle and filter under water
  • Replace the nozzle and filter

If the issue isn’t fixed, then you will need to call the professionals because there is obviously another issue present.

Leaking Sprinkler

An extremely common cause of leaks is if a lawn mower or vehicle passes over the sprinkler head and causes damage. As time passes, the seal may wear out, too. Unfortunately, any sprinkler that leaks can cause a large number of problems.

The actual location of the leak should help in letting you know what is wrong. For example, if the sprinkler is leaking close to the top, be sure the cap is tightly screwed on. If that isn’t the issue, then the problem could be an old seal or a clog. Unscrew the cap and look at the seal. If it is worn, replace it.

If the leak is coming from the sprinkler’s body, you may need to replace the entire sprinkler. If you aren’t sure what the issue is, then calling the professionals for help is best. They can determine what the issue is and ensure it is fixed properly.


If there is water landing outside of the lawn zone, then it is being wasted. In most cases, overspray is caused by sprinklers that are incorrectly positioned. To fix this problem, you need to remove the soil from around the sprinkler, straighten it and then replace the soil.

Blocked Sprinkler

It’s a good idea to look around each sprinkler to make sure there isn’t anything blocking the flow of water. This can include plants, overhanging branches or even trash cans. You can maintain this area by cutting back grass and pulling up any sprinklers that have been pushed down because of vehicles or mowers.

If you are unable to fix an issue you have with a sprinkler, then the best thing you can do is call the professionals. They will be able to determine the underlying problem and fix it in a timely and efficient manner. At The IDL Company, you can utilize the experience of a team with years of experience repairing and installing sprinkler systems.