Outdoor sprinkler repairs are available for homes or businesses and for all types of systems including those that water grass, trees, flower gardens, herb and vegetable gardens, shrubs, and more. Customers frequently request help with ongoing maintenance, repair of systems that won’t turn on, broken sprinkler heads, water not going to an individual sprinkler head, water not going to an area of sprinkler heads, water running continuously, broken timers, timers in need of reprogramming, sprinkler heads that need to be relocated, and readjustment of sprinkler direction or spread. Many factors affect the cost of sprinkler systems repair.
Handyman versus licensed irrigation professional
Professionals specially trained and certified to install and repair sprinkler and irrigation systems will typically have a higher hourly rate than contractors who are adept at repairing and working with sprinklers but not specialists. Factors behind this cost difference can include specialized tools and training as well as general industry expertise on the part of the industry pros. For example, The Sprinkler Guy explains that irrigators are required to take continuing education classes every year. Here’s how prices contrast between handymen and irrigation professionals:
Eric’s Handyman Services in Mckinney, Texas: $50 for first hour of labor
- The Sprinkler Guy, Dallas, Texas: $70 for first hour of labor
Minimum service rate
Often sprinkler repair workers have a minimum service charge for assessing repair needs and doing repairs. This minimum is typically equivalent to the cost of an hour of labor to account for the company’s time and travel efforts. For example, even if a job takes only 10 minutes, the customer will stay pay the full hourly fee.
Hourly rate increments
After the minimum service rate is met, many sprinkler pros will charge out by increments of their hourly fee. For example, if a job takes two-and-a-half hours, the customer will pay only for exactly that amount of time and not be charged for three full total hours. Here are some examples of incremental rates:
Eric’s Handyman Services: $10 per every 15 minutes after the first hour
- The Sprinkler Guy: $35 per every 30 minutes after the first hour
Types of repair
The total cost of a sprinkler system repair often boils down to the cost of labor and parts as well as the age of the system. Here are some average costs for materials and total repair costs of common sprinkler repairs:
Broken standard head: $5
Broken broadcast head: $10–$15, depending on style
Broken pipe: $5 for unions, PVC joint and glue
PVC schedule-40 pipe: $1.50 per foot for 1-inch pipe
PVC schedule-40 pipe: $1 per foot for ¾-inch pipe
Broken valve: $15
Broken timer: $50 for a 6-zone timer
- Broken timer: $75 for a 9-zone timer
Total repair** costs** (including parts and labor)
Replace single broken head: $60
Valve replacement: $150–$108
- Broken pipe, with full system check and 10 percent discount to new customers: $80 or under
More extensive repairs can cost from $75 to $250 or more.
Always inquire about discounts as a way to decrease total costs. For example, both The Sprinkler Guy and Eric’s Handyman Services offer a 10 percent discount to seniors, and The Sprinkler Guy also offers 10 percent off to military service members. Companies may also offer a first-time customer discount, such as the 10 percent off that The Sprinkler Guy provides.
If a job site is outside the company’s range of service, there may be an additional travel fee. For example, Eric’s Handyman Services charges a $10 travel fee for each day after the first day of work when a repair site is outside of his service area.
Companies may charge an additional fee if they’re called after hours or required to fast track a customer’s needs. The Sprinkler Guy, however, does not charge a higher rate for urgent calls.
- Don’t pay for unnecessary sprinkler system winterization costs if your region doesn’t call for it. According to The Sprinkler Guy, temperatures have to stay below freezing for several weeks for it to affect an irrigation system. In Texas, people with sprinkler systems just need to turn off their controller to protect the system.