How To Use Teflon Tape On Sprinkler Heads [3 Easy Steps]

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One fine morning you saw that your sprinkler heads aren’t distributing water properly. You also saw a leakage below the sprinkler’s head. That’s why you got Teflon tape to fix it.

How to use Teflon tape on sprinklers heads?

There are 3 easy steps to do this. You have to wrap Teflon tape on the thread first. But clean the sprinkler head before you wrap it with Teflon tape. The next step is to wrap around the leakage. Tug the tape tightly afterward. You have to wrap the leak area at least 4 to 6 times.

We all know the above information is not enough for you. That’s why I keep on reading. Because we’ve provided more details.

Let’s not wait anymore and dive into it!

Can You Apply Teflon Tape On Your Sprinkler Heads?

The answer is yes. You can use the Teflon tape on your sprinkler heads. But before knowing the process, you should know about Teflon tape. 

This tape is also known as plumber’s tape. It has many uses. For example, you can use this tape to fix the loose handle of your moen faucet

Plus to prevent leaks around the intake threads of sprinklers, Teflon tape works the best. Teflon tape also works like a lubricant that lasts a long time. It will also work as a catalyst on the sprinkler to work efficiently. 

But why is it this good?

Teflon tape is a thin coating that is used to seal threads. In ductwork and plumbing, this tape produces a tight-fitting skin. It seals around the threads of various types of junction.

Because Teflon tape uses compression to produce the seal. That’s why the tape works well on tapered threads.

Easy Steps To Use Teflon Tape on Sprinkler Head

The key to using Teflon tape is simple. You just have to wrap the tape in the right direction on the sprinkler head. 

When the sprinklers are inserted into the fitting then friction occurs in the thread. The threads then start working to tighten the tape. 

Seems confusing? You’re not clear enough? Don’t worry! The steps below will surely help you more. That’s why you should keep reading.

Here are the 3 fundamental steps to complete this task-

Step 1: Wrap Teflon Tape On The Thread

Before anything, you should definitely clean the threads at the end of the sprinkler. The job is super simple and quick.

You’ll just need a cloth or rag for this task along with a cleaning agent. You can use an abrasive cleaner if you want to clean it thoroughly. 

After that, wrap the Teflon tape on the second thread from the end of the sprinkler. Secure it with your finger or thumb. 

The tape should be laid level across the threads. It should also wrap perpendicular to the sprinklers.

Step 2: Wrap Around The Leakage

Begin wrapping the tape below the sprinkler head where it has the leakage. You should wrap the tape in a direction that’s opposite of your sprinkler’s head rotation. 

While wrapping does not block the sprinkler’s head. This way water won’t face any blockage while flowing.

Keep the tape tight so that it wraps securely around the sprinkler’s head leakage. Work your way from the sprinkler’s head’s end and overlap the tape as you go.

Step 3: Tug It Tightly

Wrap the tape below the sprinkler heads at least four to six times. Smooth the loose end against the threads. 

Once done, remove your Teflon tape from the roll. Do this by grasping the tape between one of your thumbs. Use your fingers to tug it tightly. 

That’s all! The leak is now all fixed. Your sprinkler should work perfectly now. 

Worried it might not work? 

To test it, turn on the sprinkler and see it’s working. If yes, you can relax. Otherwise, please  call an expert. 

FAQs

Question: Is it possible to tape the sprinkler line?

Answer: Pipe joint compound and thread-seal tape should not be used inside sprinkler lines. These can get into the sprinkler system and cause blockages or other problems. That’s why we suggest you avoid using tapes or sealers in the sprinkler lines.

Question: How can you keep your sprinkler heads from sticking?

Answer: If pushing the sprinkler head down with the water turned on had no impact. Then you must lubricate it with a spray lubricant. Spray the lubricant liberally around the shaft and let it soak for one minute. To free the head afterward, push and pull the sprinkler head. Turn on the water and test the sprinkler head.

Question: Why is your sprinkler head not staying up?

Answer: Dirt and debris are the most common causes of a jammed sprinkler head. The dirt, leaves, rocks, or grass become entangled between a sprinkler body. Then as a consequence, the sprinkler riser will not work properly. They will clog the system and prevent the riser from sliding back into the body. As a result, the sprinkler head will not retract.

Bottom line

We have come to the end of our journey. We have provided you information on how to use Teflon tape on sprinkler heads. 

Thank you for staying with us till the end. We are glad to guide you here. 

See you soon!

Scott Kelly