Mr Sprinkler Repair

Sprinkler Repair

Mr Sprinkler Repair

Sprinkler Repair


How to Fix a Broken Sprinkler Line: A Step-by-Step Guide

A broken sprinkler line can lead to water wastage, reduced irrigation efficiency, and potential damage to your landscape. Fortunately, fixing a broken sprinkler line is a manageable DIY task with the right tools and a bit of patience. Follow this step-by-step guide to repair your sprinkler line effectively.

Tools and Materials You’ll Need:

  • Shovel or Trowel
  • Pipe Cutter or Hacksaw
  • PVC Pipe or Poly Pipe (depending on your sprinkler system)
  • PVC or Poly Pipe Fittings (couplings, elbows, etc.)
  • Primer and Cement (for PVC pipes)
  • Hose Clamps (for poly pipes)
  • Teflon Tape
  • Bucket or Container
  • Towels or Rags

Step 1: Locate the Break

1.1 Identify the Problem Area

Turn on your sprinkler system and inspect the area where you suspect the leak. Look for signs such as water pooling, unusually wet soil, or reduced water pressure in certain zones.

1.2 Mark the Spot

Once you identify the approximate location of the leak, turn off the sprinkler system and mark the spot with a flag or stick.

Step 2: Dig to Expose the Broken Pipe

2.1 Dig Carefully

Using a shovel or trowel, carefully dig around the marked spot to expose the broken pipe. Be cautious not to damage the pipe further while digging. Remove enough soil to give yourself ample working space.

2.2 Clear the Area

Once the broken section is exposed, clear away any remaining soil and water using a bucket or container. Dry the pipe with towels or rags.

Step 3: Cut Out the Damaged Section

3.1 Measure the Damaged Section

Measure the length of the damaged section of the pipe. Ensure you have enough replacement pipe to cover the cut-out section plus a little extra for fitting adjustments.

3.2 Cut the Pipe

Using a pipe cutter or hacksaw, cut out the damaged section of the pipe. Make sure the cuts are clean and straight.

Step 4: Prepare the Replacement Pipe

4.1 Cut the Replacement Pipe

Cut a new piece of pipe to match the length of the section you removed. If using PVC pipe, clean the ends with a cloth and apply primer to both the replacement pipe and the existing pipe ends.

4.2 Fit the Replacement Pipe

For PVC pipes, apply cement to the primed ends and quickly insert the replacement pipe into the existing pipe using couplings. Hold the pieces together for a few seconds to ensure a secure bond.

For poly pipes, insert the replacement pipe into the existing pipe and secure it with hose clamps. Tighten the clamps to prevent any leaks.

Step 5: Test the Repair

5.1 Turn on the Water

Turn on your sprinkler system to check for leaks. Observe the repaired section closely for any signs of water escaping.

5.2 Make Adjustments if Necessary

If you notice any leaks, turn off the water and tighten the connections or reapply cement and primer as needed. Retest until you’re confident the repair is secure.

Step 6: Backfill the Hole

6.1 Refill the Trench

Once you’ve confirmed the repair is leak-free, carefully backfill the trench with the soil you removed earlier. Pack the soil down firmly to avoid any settling.

6.2 Restore the Landscape

Replace any grass or plants that were disturbed during the repair process. Water the area lightly to help the soil settle.

Fixing a broken sprinkler line may seem daunting, but with the right tools and a methodical approach, it’s a task that most homeowners can handle. By following this step-by-step guide, you can save money, conserve water, and ensure your irrigation system operates efficiently.

Remember, regular maintenance and inspections can help prevent future breaks and extend the life of your sprinkler system. Happy gardening!


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.