Repairing a Leaky Sprinkler System

Whether facing a minor leak or a major issue, broken sprinkler lines waste a significant amount of water. Not only is this bad for your lawn and plants, but it can also become quite costly. Every step should be taken to conserve water and to ensure it is being used efficiently. While some sprinkler repair jobs should only be handled by professionals, there are some jobs that you may be able to handle yourself.

The first step in repairing a sprinkler line is identifying the problem. A broken line may present itself in the form of a loss of pressure or the formation of geysers in certain areas. You may also notice dry spots where the ground should have been moistened, or some areas may have been overly watered. These signs can help you with isolating where the leak is at. Still, to positively identify where the leak is located, you will likely need to do a bit of digging.

Many homeowners are surprised to discover that the area where the water is coming out of the ground is not actually where the leak is located. Therefore, you may need to dig in some of the surrounding areas before you identify where the leak is actually coming from. After identifying the leak, continue digging until you have created ample space around the break. This will give you the work space you need to properly repair the leak.

Next, you will need to cut the pipe where the leak is located. Be sure to cut away approximately 4 to 6 inches of the pipe from either side of the leak. If the pipe becomes dirty, wipe it clean and use towels to keep it clean and dry.

To install the repair pipe, you will first need to wipe the outside of the pipe with purple primer as well as the inside of the couplers. After attaching the coupler, wait a full minute before applying glue. Allow everything to dry for at least 5 minutes before you start running water through the line again. Be sure to run water through the line before you cover it back up with dirt. This way, you can be sure the repair was successful and the leak has actually been repaired.

There are alternative methods that can be used to repair a leaking sprinkler system. If you are not comfortable with this method or with other available methods, or if you simply don’t have the time to do the job yourself, contact a professional landscaper to help you get the job done right.