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Sprinkler Repair


How Do I Identify My Sprinkler Valve?

Identifying your sprinkler valve is essential for maintenance, troubleshooting, and ensuring the optimal performance of your irrigation system. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you identify your sprinkler valve:

1. Locate Your Valve Box

First, you need to locate the valve box, which is typically buried in the ground near your home’s main water supply line or in a centralized location in your yard. Look for a rectangular or round box made of plastic or concrete.

2. Inspect the Valve

Once you’ve located your valve box, remove the lid to inspect the valves inside. You might see dirt and debris on top of the valves, so be sure to clean them off for a clearer view.

3. Manufacturer and Model Numbers

The easiest way to identify your sprinkler valve is by finding the manufacturer’s name and model number, which is usually printed on a label attached to the valve or engraved directly onto the valve body. Common brands include Rain Bird, Hunter, Orbit, and Irritrol.

4. Valve Characteristics

If the label is missing or unreadable, you can often identify the valve by its physical characteristics:

  • Color: Some manufacturers use specific colors for their valves. For example, Rain Bird often uses black, Hunter uses dark gray or black, and Orbit uses green.
  • Shape and Size: The shape and size of the valve, including the solenoid (the cylindrical component with wires coming out of it), can help identify the brand. For instance, Hunter valves typically have a round solenoid, while Rain Bird solenoids are more rectangular.
  • Connections and Components: Look at the inlet and outlet connections, the configuration of the solenoid, and the presence of any flow control knobs. These components can also help differentiate between models and brands.

5. Consult Online Resources

If you’re still unsure, take a picture of your valve and consult online resources. Many manufacturers have identification guides on their websites. Home improvement forums and social media groups dedicated to gardening or landscaping can also be helpful resources.

6. Ask a Professional

When in doubt, consult a professional landscaper or irrigation specialist. They can often identify the valve at a glance and offer advice on maintenance or replacement parts.

7. Check your System’s Manual or Documentation

If you have the original documentation for your sprinkler system, it may list the types of valves used. This information can be incredibly useful for identifying your valves and ordering replacements or parts.

Tips for Successful Identification:

  • Use a flashlight: Lighting can be poor in valve boxes. A flashlight can help you see labels and valve characteristics more clearly.
  • Be careful when cleaning: Use a gentle stream of water or a soft brush to clean the valve. Avoid using harsh cleaning methods that could damage labels or the valve itself.
  • Safety first: If your system needs to be turned off to safely inspect the valves, make sure you know how to properly shut off the water supply.


Identifying your sprinkler valve is the first step in ensuring your irrigation system runs efficiently. With the right information, you can purchase the correct parts for repairs, perform maintenance tasks, and keep your landscape healthy and beautiful.


If you have any questions or need any type of sprinkler system repair, the experts at Mr Sprinkler Repair will be glad to help. Give us a call or 855-695-1000 to set an appointment.