Maintaining your lawn and garden is a challenge, and it takes time and effort to regularly water the grass and plants. Sprinkler systems are a great way to keep your lawn in shape. They take the inconvenience out of watering the lawn with timers and controllers to control the flow automatically. Unfortunately, various problems can arise with sprinkler systems, such as cracks in the pipes, valve issues, and clogged heads.
The national cost average for sprinkler repairs is between $100 and $400, with most homeowners spending around $200 to repair broken piping and 2 sprinkler heads. This project’s low cost is $50 for cleaning or unblocking a single sprinkler head. The high cost is $850 for replacing a backflow preventer.
|Sprinkler System Repair Prices|
|National average cost||$200|
There are various sprinkler systems 1, including above-ground systems where the sprinkler heads and other components are situated above the ground and in-ground systems with many components buried beneath the earth. Also, drip irrigation systems are becoming more popular due to their efficiency and can be above-ground or underground. Sprinkler repair costs depend on the system type because some types are simpler to work with and more accessible than others. The table below shows the average repair costs for each type.
|Type||Average Repair Costs|
|Above-Ground||$50 - $350|
|Drip Irrigation||$50 - $450|
|In-Ground||$50 - $500|
Repairs for an above-ground sprinkler system cost between $50 and $350. An above-ground system is one where the sprinkler heads and pipes are located at or above ground level rather than being buried underground. Above-ground systems are easier for repair workers to access because the heads and pipes are above the ground, so there is no need to dig and worry about landscaping costs. Some of the most common problems with these systems include damaged heads and cracked pipes because they are exposed to the elements.
The average cost of drip irrigation repairs is between $50 and $450. Drip irrigation systems drip water out very slowly in key areas around the yard to minimize water waste. These systems can be located above-ground or buried underground, and it usually costs more to fix a buried system because more effort is needed to dig it up and access the damaged area. Common problems with these systems include damaged heads and cracked pipes.
Repairs for an in-ground sprinkler system range from $50 to $500. The key difference with an in-ground system is that many parts are underground, so repair workers must dig to access the damaged components. This results in longer repair times and higher bills because more work is needed to reach the damaged areas and fix them. Some common problems with these systems include damaged valves, lines, and manifolds.
Sprinkler systems can be complex with many parts, including heads, valves, lines, and pipes. The cost of your sprinkler system repair depends on which part is damaged because some parts are simpler and less expensive to repair than others. The table below shows common sprinkler system repairs and the average cost for each.
|Type of Repair||Average Repair Costs|
|Head||$50 - $85|
|Wiring||$50 - $85|
|Box||$50 - $85|
|Backflow Preventer||$50 - $85|
|Valve||$75 - $125|
|Solenoid||$75 - $125|
|Controller||$75 - $175|
|Manifold||$75 - $200|
|Pump 2||$100 - $200|
|Pipe||$150 - $350|
Sprinkler head repairs average $50 to $85 per head. Heads are regularly exposed to the elements and dirt, so it is normal for them to wear, but they do not always need to be replaced. Sometimes, heads only need to be cleaned, or pop-up heads might be blocked from dirt or grass, which needs to be cleared away.
Repairing wiring for your sprinkler system costs between $50 and $85 for each linear foot of damaged wire. Wires provide energy to the system but can get damaged or fray over time, which could cause the system to shut down or run intermittently due to an interrupted power flow. To fix damaged wires, they may need to be adjusted, reconnected, or have new covers fitted.
Repairing a sprinkler valve 3 box averages $50 to $85 per box. The valve box is a large box, usually made of polypropylene or another plastic, which contains and protects your system’s control valves and provides easy access for adjustments, repairs, or replacements. These boxes can become cracked or damaged over time due to exposure to the elements. A professional can usually patch any light damage.
The average cost of backflow preventer repairs is between $50 and $85 per backflow preventer. The backflow preventer is a key component of the system that stops water from flowing backward, but it can get cracked, or little parts of it may need replacing. To fix this, the water supply needs to be turned off and the backflow preventer removed for cleaning and inspection. New parts like bell covers or bonnets may need to be fitted.
Sprinkler valve repairs range from $75 to $125 per valve. Several valves throughout the sprinkler system control the flow through the pipes and to the heads. Valves can become loose and leaky over time or may get cracked or damaged. A repairman may tighten a loose valve or use plumber’s tape on minor issues, but more heavily damaged valves need replacement.
Repairing a sprinkler solenoid costs between $75 and $125 per solenoid. The sprinkler solenoid is a wire coil connected to the controller. When activated, it generates a magnetic force that controls a little plunger inside the valve so that the valve opens and plays a key part in controlling the system pressure. It can get blocked with sand, dirt, or even bugs, so a repairman’s first action is usually to inspect and clean the solenoid. They may also need to reposition it to establish the connection if it is loose or misaligned. If this does not work, the solenoid may need replacing.
Repairing a sprinkler system controller or timer averages $75 to $175 per controller. Various issues might arise with your controller. You may notice the sprinklers activate at the wrong times or run too long. A repairman can adjust your controller’s settings and handle other minor repairs like rewiring and installing new batteries.
Repairing a sprinkler system manifold costs between $75 and $200 per manifold. The manifold is a pipe with several openings, allowing water to branch into different lines and head to different valves. Like other piping parts, manifolds can crack and become damaged from exposure. They may need patching for minor damage.
Repairing a sprinkler pump costs between $100 and $200 per pump. Pumps control the pressure in the pipes to control the flow, but several issues may arise with them. Fuses blow, wires disconnect, or the settings of the pump’s motor might not be configured correctly. A repairman can look at the pump and make the necessary adjustments, including fitting new fuses, adjusting the voltage, and reconnecting loose wires.
Repairing sprinkler system pipes ranges from $150 to $350. PVC piping is used in the sprinkler system. This piping is capable of lasting for many years. However, it can crack or burst under pressure or due to water freezing and thawing inside or around the pipes. The repair cost depends on the pipe type and thickness, how easy it is to access, and the extent of the damage. Damaged pipes can be patched as long as the damage is relatively minor. Otherwise, replacement is needed.
In some cases, the parts of your sprinkler system might be so damaged that simple repairs are impossible or inefficient. In these situations, the parts should be replaced. The cost of replacing sprinkler parts depends on the component and how much work is required to install the new one. The table below provides common examples of sprinkler system replacement costs.
|Type of Replacement||Average Replacement Cost|
|Head||$55 - $115|
|Nozzle||$65 - $100|
|Valve Box||$75 - $125|
|Filter||$75 - $150|
|Solenoid||$85 - $150|
|Valve||$85 - $150|
|Manifold||$100 - $225|
|Controller||$100 - $300|
|Pump||$200 - $500|
|Backflow Preventer||$250 - $850|
Replacing sprinkler heads costs between $55 and $115 per head. This is one of the most common sprinkler repair types because heads get damaged and broken from accidents and gradual wear. There are various head types, from simple bubbler heads to pop-up heads and impact rotors, and some are more expensive and difficult to repair than others. The table below shows various sprinkler heads and the average costs to replace each one. If you need multiple heads replaced, workers usually offer a discount.
|Head Type||Cost per Head|
|Bubbler||$55 - $70|
|Misting / Micro||$55 - $75|
|Pop Up||$60 - $80|
|Fixed||$60 - $80|
|Gear-Driven Rotor||$60 - $85|
|Rotary Nozzle||$65 - $100|
|Impact Rotor||$70 - $115|
Replacing a sprinkler nozzle costs $65 to $100 per nozzle. Nozzles are fitted to sprinkler heads to spray the water in set patterns. Like sprinkler heads, they can get damaged and stop working as intended, so you need to replace them. You might also want to have them replaced if you want a new spray pattern for a more even watering of your lawn or yard.
Replacing the valve box for your sprinkler system ranges from $75 to $125 per box. Sprinkler valve boxes can get cracked and damaged due to general wear and tear. If they are too damaged, water and dirt could get in and damage the valves, so they will need to be replaced. Material costs for new valve boxes are inexpensive, but there may be labor costs to remove the old one and perform the necessary landscaping before fitting the new box.
Replacing a filter for your sprinkler system costs $75 to $150 per filter. Irrigation filters in the sprinkler system prevent dirt and debris from entering the system and causing damage and blockages, so they can be very important. Over time, they will eventually become too clogged or might crack, in which case a replacement is needed.
Replacing a solenoid costs $85 to $150 per solenoid. A solenoid is a special electrically controlled valve that controls the water flow through the system. Solenoids sometimes overheat and burn out, requiring replacement, or they might be damaged beyond repair. In this case, the old solenoid must be removed and a new one fitted.
Replacing a sprinkler valve ranges from $85 to $150 per valve. Several valves might need replacing in your sprinkler system, including the sprinkler shut-off valve, check valve, and ball valve. The material costs for most valves are similar, but some valves may be easier to access than others, impacting the duration and labor costs.
Replacing a manifold in your sprinkler system costs between $100 and $225 per manifold. Manifolds include multiple valves that can break down, and if one or more valves are broken beyond repair, the entire manifold needs replacing. Material costs for manifolds are high because of their unique nature, and labor costs vary depending on your system layout and design. Some manifolds are easier to install than others.
Replacing a sprinkler controller averages $100 to $300 per controller. The controller, or timer, is critical for the system because it controls when the valves open and the sprinkler heads turn on. If it stops working due to a wiring issue or physical damage to the unit, the entire system becomes unreliable or inoperable. In some cases, you might think your controller is broken, but it may only need new batteries for $5 to $10.
The cost to replace a sprinkler water pump ranges from $200 to $500 per pump. The water pump is a key component that pushes water through the entire system. If the system is not working correctly or the water flow is very weak, the pump may be broken. A professional can easily remove an old pump and fit a new one, so the labor costs are not too high, but material costs for new pumps can be expensive.
Replacing a backflow preventer costs between $250 and $850 per backflow preventer. The backflow preventer is one of the most important parts of the sprinkler system because it prevents dirty and contaminated water from flowing back into the pipes leading to your home. It protects you from dirty backflow water coming out of your kitchen and bathroom faucets. It may stop working if it gets cracked or severely damaged due to a strong physical impact. It needs replacing if it has deep or long cracks or other notable physical damages.
Many issues may arise with your sprinkler system. You might notice the water pressure changing unexpectedly, frozen pipes, or clogged sprinkler heads, with repair costs varying greatly depending on the problem. The table below shows common issues and average repair costs for each.
|Type of Problem||Average Repair Costs|
|Clogged Head||$50 - $85|
|Heads Will Not Retract||$50 - $90|
|Heads Will Not Rotate||$50 - $90|
|High Pressure||$50 - $400|
|Low Pressure||$50 - $500|
|Overspray||$50 - $500|
|Humming Noise in the System||$75 - $150|
|Cracked||$75 - $400|
|Leak||$75 - $750|
|Pipe Burst||$150 - $350|
|Frozen Pipes||$150 - $400|
Fixing a clogged sprinkler head costs between $50 and $85. Repairmen usually offer a quantity discount if you have several clogged heads that need cleaning. Heads get clogged with clogged elements before reinstalling it in the system. Some heads may be harder to access or more awkward to work with, which could slightly impact the cost.
Fixing sprinkler heads that do not retract costs $50 to $90. Many sprinkler systems feature pop-up or retractable heads that remain in the ground most of the time and pop up when spraying. If the heads stay upright, they may need cleaning from dirt and debris clogging the space they retract to. They may also be damaged and need replacing.
Fixing sprinkler heads that do not rotate ranges from $50 to $90 per head. Discounts are typically available if multiple heads need repairing. Heads usually rotate to spray the water around evenly, but some parts might get soaked while others receive none if they stop rotating. Dirt and debris usually cause this issue, so the head must be cleaned or replaced.
Fixing a sprinkler system with very high water pressure costs between $50 and $400. There may be several possible causes for this. It might be that the valves are malfunctioning and interfering with the pressure levels, so they may need repairing or replacing. It could also be caused by a blockage in the pipes or issues with the heads.
Fixing a sprinkler system with low water pressure costs $50 to $500. There are a few causes of this problem. It might be that the backflow preventer valve is not fully open and must be adjusted. It could also be caused by a problem with the tank, dirty or clogged sprinkler heads, or a pump problem. A professional must inspect the system to find the root cause.
Fixing sprinklers that overspray ranges from $50 to $500. This is a common issue that many owners deal with, leading to wasted water. Overspray is when the water is spraying out too far, beyond the lawn and onto streets, sidewalks, fences, or driveways. It can be caused by factors like using the wrong nozzles, high pressure in the system, or issues with positioning. You might need new heads fitted or repositioned or have the pump and piping looked at for pressure problems.
Fixing a sprinkler that makes a humming noise costs $75 to $150. This sound is often caused by an issue with the solenoid valve. The valve makes a natural humming sound when it operates from the AC current and magnetic field. If the humming is very loud, it could be an issue with the wiring, undervoltage, or loose parts.
Repairing a cracked sprinkler costs between $75 and $400. The repair cost depends on the crack location. You may have a cracked sprinkler valve or a cracked sprinkler pipe or line to fix. Cracks usually occur due to excess pressure or exposure to the elements and can cause leaks and pressure problems. To repair a cracked sprinkler line, a professional may need to patch the crack or replace the cracked valve or pipe section entirely, depending on the crack depth and severity.
Fixing a sprinkler system leak ranges from $75 to $750. The reason for this wide price range is that leaks vary in severity. Some are minor and involve basic repairs. Others affect multiple zones and lead to yard damage that requires landscaping work to fix. If you have leaks in multiple zones, you pay a higher price. Leaks can occur all over the sprinkler system in any area where pipes or valves are present. You can spot them by looking for pools of water or areas of the system that seem to have lower pressure or weaker water flow than the rest.
The cost to fix a burst sprinkler water pipe ranges from $150 to $350. Pipes usually burst in winter because water left inside the pipes freezes and expands. High pressure from the soil can also cause pipes to burst. This can lead to the entire system leaking a lot of water when it is turned on and huge puddles appearing in the yard. This can be a costly repair because the burst section will need to be dug up, removed, and replaced with fresh piping.
Fixing frozen sprinkler pipes costs between $150 and $400. Pipes may freeze in your sprinkler system in very cold and icy temperatures during the winter. A repairman can thaw the pipes and deal with ice blockage in a few ways. Fix frozen pipes quickly because ice can do a lot of damage and lead to cracks and leaks.
Sprinkler repair companies, plumbers, and other specialist sprinkler workers often charge a set fee per hour for labor. Most charge between $50 and $100 per hour, and many sprinkler repair jobs can be completed within a couple of hours. For example, the work for a sprinkler head replacement should be done in under an hour. Labor costs are $50 to $100, plus material costs of around $5 to $15 for the new head, for a total of $55 to $115. You may need to pay extra for travel costs for the plumbers or repair workers if you live in a remote location. They may charge you per mile or have a set fee for jobs beyond a certain distance from their location. You may also be charged a call-out fee of around $50 to $60 for a worker to visit your home and inspect a problem, but this fee may be waived if you hire them to repair the problem.
You may need to add an extra $100 to $200 to your total repair cost if you need urgent, same-day sprinkler system repairs. You may require an emergency repair in cases where the system is flooded due to a burst pipe or if a key component like the backflow preventer is broken, making the system unusable. When these issues occur, it is important to get repairs right away because water could leak out all over your yard and do damage below ground to the foundation of your home. It is also recommended to turn off the entire system via the shut-off valve as soon as possible if you notice flooding or other major problems.
A good way to reduce the risks of sprinkler issues and repairs is to maintain your system. You can do this yourself or contact a professional for regular checkups and maintenance. Expect to spend around $20 to $50 on cleaning supplies and basic tools to look after your system each year, carrying out tasks like cleaning heads, inspecting the valves, and landscaping or gardening to prevent clogs from occurring around the sprinklers. You can also contact a company to perform checkups, costing around $75 each and should be done at least once a year.
During a professional inspection or checkup of your system, a plumber or sprinkler specialist will inspect the entire system. They look at the heads, valves, controllers, pump, backflow preventer, and other key elements. They will also usually run the system to see if everything is working and look for damage or clogs in the heads. They may carry out minor repairs immediately and let you know about other issues that need fixing.
It is possible to arrange annual maintenance contracts with some sprinkler repair companies. These contracts vary but may involve spring start-up services, where your system will be checked and set up, mid-season maintenance checks to ensure everything is running smoothly, and winterization services to ready your system for the cold winter months. Costs for these contracts range from $150 to $250, but they may be more if you have a very large sprinkler system.
In some cases, you may hesitate between having your sprinkler system repaired or replaced. Think about key factors like age and cost to help you make this decision. The average cost of installing a new sprinkler system ranges from $4,000 to $7,000, while the average repair costs between $100 and $400.
On average, replacements are much more expensive than repairs. However, if your system is repeatedly breaking down and you have to pay multiple repair fees, you could be spending a lot of money to maintain your system. It may be a better value to have a new one installed. You might also consider a replacement if your system suffered major damages after a bad winter and your repair costs are estimated to be quite high.
Age is another factor to consider. Sprinkler systems can last for 10 to 20 years without any issues, but as they get older, more problems will occur. Once a system is more than 20 years old, it is time to think about replacement.
|Repair||$100 - $400|
|Replace||$4,000 - $7,000|
The average cost to winterize a sprinkler system is between $75 and $150. Very low winter temperatures can cause pipes to freeze and damage your sprinkler system, so it is recommended to winterize it in the fall before the cold winter weather arrives. Winterizing involves draining the water from the system to prevent it from freezing inside the pipes and valves. You may have to pay extra for winterization if your system is very large because more work will be required.
The average cost to install water-saving sprinkler heads in your system ranges between $60 and $100 per head, and the price you pay depends on the system size and number of heads you need. Water-saving heads minimize water waste. They spray out less water than traditional heads and are more efficient. Homeowners who want to reduce their water waste should consider these sprinklers.
There are various possible reasons for this. It might be that the heads are clogged or broken. It could also be an issue with the lines or valves leading to that zone.
If you have an above-ground system, it should be simple to spot water coming out of the pipes. With in-ground systems, you may notice changes in water pressure, water pooling or bubbling up around the lawn, or small holes around the yard.
Sprinkler valves usually cost $15 to $50, but you need to pay between $85 and $150 to replace them.
An individual broken sprinkler head can stop working or randomly spray water into the air or in random directions.
The average cost to replace a sprinkler solenoid is between $85 and $150. This includes the cost of parts and labor.
If your system stops working entirely, there is likely a problem with the pump or possibly with the wiring failing to provide power to the system.
The average cost of replacing a sprinkler valve box is $75 to $125. This price includes the costs of a new box and the labor to fit it.
It may be possible to patch the damaged section of the pipe. Otherwise, the damaged part will have to be removed, and a new piece of piping can be fitted in its place.