Use Sprinkler Head Protector will protect your sprinkler head from damaging elements. The sprinkler head is the sprinkler systems work resources and these steps will prevent parts that have big risk in damaged.
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How To Protect Sprinkler Heads
There are several ways that you can do to protect your sprinkler heads. The best method you choose can be varies depend to your lawn condition.
Buried properly the sprinkler heads
You need to ensure that the sprinkler heads not reach more than ½ inch above the ground level. If the head protrudes higher, then it will likely get hit by mower blades and it can damage even destroyed. In addition, when it gets on ground level or lower, then it can clog easily with dirt, sand, and grasp clipping. If the sprinkler heads you have is stand too high, then carefully dig in around it until the pipeline reached and then dig it a little more so it will leave deeper in the ground.
Protect sprinkler heads in winter
Next, it is important for you to follow any directions that given from your manual brand sprinkler heads. Drain the system before the area getting freezes for the first time when winter comes. The water that can be trapped inside the sprinkler heads can expand and freeze. This can cause breaks and cracks and you will need to replace the sprinkler heads.
Automatic drain valves
Install the automatic valves under the sprinkler heads and in certain parts from the pipeline and allow water draining into back out of the system when it is not run. This will prevent the system get full with water and when it freezes, it can break the sprinkler heads.
It is best to install drain valves during the installation. If you do not have this automatic drain valves, then you can choose to drain the system manually before the first freeze come each year.
Invest with donuts
The next idea for sprinkler heads protection is by choosing sprinkler heads donut. This sprinkler heads donut is rounded objects that have hole in center and it placed over the pop-up sprinkler heads. There are several varies option of sprinkler heads donut materials you can find such as mulch or recycled rubber, or the concrete one.
The function of donut is prevent the mower or trimmer run over the sprinkler heads as it will hit the side of donut that just sit above the sprinkler heads. The nature material of sprinkler heads might looks better when you install in garden on in yard, but the concrete donut is durable one.
The lighter material can float up sometimes and over the sprinkler heads when heavy rains or wind come. The heavier can stand in the place whatever the weather goes. This is the simple and affordable way to protect your sprinkler heads.
Install swing joint
The next option is install the swing joint. The swing joint is fitted and let the sprinkler heads move. When the head get hit, bumped or run over by car or other item such as mover, then the sprinkler heads can move and shit out away. This will prevent your sprinkler heads broken easily from heavy item.
How To Replace Sprinkler Heads
When your sprinkler heads get ages, then it more likely get broken and damaged. You might need to replace it with the newer parts. If you need to replace the sprinkler heads to make the sprinklers work in properly and prevent next damage to sprinkler system, then this can be a good help for you.
Step 1. Dig carefully around the sprinkler heads that you want to replace. Dig about 6 inches deep in all the way around of sprinkler heads and pay attention more into the pipeline that connects the head with the rest of the system of sprinklers. Clean the dirty aside as you need it later to fullback again the hole you dig first after replace the sprinkler head.
Step 2. Once it gets reach the riser depth (pipe that connect with water supply pipe) then unscrew the damaged old sprinkler heads and remove it. Plug the hole of riser with cloth so you will not dirt when fall to hole.
If the riser unscrewed from water supply but it still attached with sprinkler head, then unscrew the sprinkler carefully from riser. It is important for not damage the threads that attach the riser into sprinkler.
Step 3. Bring the removed old sprinkler head into hardware store so you can find exactly kind of sprinkler head that you need to buy to replace. If the same sprinkler is not available, then you can choose the same diameter opening at the bottom and with same length. It is important for not buy too long sprinkler head as it can stick up the grass line and can broke easily again.
Step 4. Buy the Teflon tape. Wrap a piece of tape around the riser threads before you attach into new sprinkler head.
Step 5. Attach the new sprinkler heads into sprinkler riser and ensure it has attached tightly.
Step 6. Turn on the sprinkler to see if there is clear any dirt that has got into the sprinkler line.
Step 7. Position the nozzle so the water out from the sprinkle will water your lawn or plants exactly.
Step 8. Replace the dirt and any grass that set into the place where you start to dig of the sprinkler head.
Step 9. Run the sprinkler to ensure that the new installed sprinkler heads is working in proper way.
When you have new sprinkler heads installed, then you can do for these useful methods for protect your sprinkler heads. When you decide to use donut, then choose the concrete donut as it is durable and prove can last into years.
You might want to buy the cheaper with plastic donut, but then, your car or other car come over and it broke again and you need to replace it with the new one again. It is great things to know How To Protect Sprinkler Heads From Cars and make your yard and lawn always green and watered well.