Sprinkler Repair: How to Unclog Sprinklers
Remove mineral deposits from lawn sprinklers quickly and easily.
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IntroductionHere's how to clean clogged lawn sprinklers using special cleaners that dissolve rust and mineral build-ups.
- Brass Bristle Brush
- Rust and mineral remover
- Spray silicone
Clean Clogged Sprinklers
If you have a lot of iron or other minerals in your water, then you likely know how much of a problem they can create. Iron builds up on the working parts and in the holes of sprinklers, which over time can make them quit working altogether. Here’s the good news: a simple soaking in a rust-removing solution followed by a spritz of silicone lubricant is all it takes to rejuvenate your sprinkler.
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Soak Sprinklers in Rust Remover
Fill a freezer bag half full of rust remover and drop your sprinkler into the bag. We used CLR Calcium, Lime, and Rust Remover, but other rust-removing solutions will also work. Swish it around occasionally to distribute the solution. Remove the sprinkler after 30 minutes and rinse it in clear water.
Spray With Silicone
Clean off any remaining mineral or rust buildup with a brass-bristle brush. Spray silicone on the cleaned-up sprinkler to lubricate the parts and to prevent iron and mineral buildup.