The average cost of repairing a sprinkler system is $75 but some homeowners pay as much as $225. Expect several factors to influence the cost. The first is the minimum service rate. The type and scope of repair are the largest cost factors, with larger systems requiring more time and materials. For a more detailed cost breakdown, get several cost estimates from sprinkler system repair professionals.
Read our cost guide, “How much does a sprinkler system repair cost?”
You can find a sprinkler repair professional by conducting a little bit of online research. This gives you access to their ratings and customer reviews. Some customers will even submit photos of their sprinkler systems that were fixed by the pros. But before you hire a professional, contact them. Ask them questions about their expertise, tell them about your sprinkler problem and request free cost estimates.
Figure out why your sprinkler has low water pressure and determine if you need to make any repairs. There could be an issue with the valve, a leak or the sprinkler heads may need cleaning. If the water pressure is low in your house as well (check your water pressure regulator), the problem may be with the municipal water supply.
One sprinkler zone could be malfunctioning for several reasons, although the most obvious one — a closed valve — is often the culprit. Check to see if the main system valve is closed. It’s easy to forget to turn this back on after repairs. Other causes for failed sprinkler zones are electrical issues within the valve, timer, wiring or solenoid. A common reason is a bad connection that needs to be re-soldered.
Sprinkler systems generally last around 20 years, though you might occasionally experience a malfunction. And, low-quality sprinkler heads may not last as long.
Several problems can prevent sprinkler heads from popping up. For example, here are a few possible culprits:
- The valve is partially closed.
- There’s dirt, sand or debris between the sprinkler’s cap and riser.
- There's low water pressure.
- There are leaks in the water line.
Contact a pro to help you diagnose the problem and repair it.