How Hard is It to Break a Sprinkler Head?

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You may not think that you could possibly break a sprinkler head, but it’s actually quite easy! But just how hard is it to break one?

While there’s no set answer to this, many individual homeowners who have accidentally stepped on a head won’t need more than a few seconds to tell you!

Let’s take a look at the strength of different types of sprinkler heads and explore why breaking one isn’t as difficult as it seems.

Types of Sprinkler Heads and Strength Variances

It all depends on what kind of sprinkler head you’re working with – some models are more durable than others. In general, however, the strength of a sprinkler head can vary widely even within different types and brands.

Sprinkler heads are typically designed to be quite durable and these dependable engines of turf hydration will stay in the same spot for years.

Sprinklers Today vs. Yesterday

In the past, metal pop-up sprinklers were generally made out of brass or steel and had greater impact resistance than their plastic counterparts today.

However, modern plastic pop-up sprays tend to be much easier to repair if they do become damaged due to their lighter weight and simple construction.

Additionally, while metal heads were heavy enough that they usually stayed in place after being installed, plastic ones tend to be light enough that they can easily be moved around by wind or water pressure—which can sometimes result in damage or broken pieces when something like an animal or person steps on them!

How Much Pressure Does It Take?

Statistics show that on average, it takes less than 18 pounds of pressure to break a standard non-adjustable plastic pop-up sprayer head.

That means if your foot weighs 120 pounds (the average weight according to the Centers for Disease Control) you only need 15 percent of that force applied directly onto the sprayer head in order for it to break off!

This also means that if something heavier than you accidentally step on your lawn’s sprinklers — say your pet dog — they will likely crack or break off without any problems whatsoever!


Breaking a sprinkler head often seems like an impossible task, but it is actually quite easy to do.

The strength of different types of sprinkler heads will vary depending on what kind you’re working with.

Some models are more durable than others – but in general, statistics show that it takes less than 18 pounds of pressure for even a standard non-adjustable plastic pop-up sprayer head can break off under just 15 percent of force applied directly onto the sprayer head!

So if you’re worried about accidentally damaging your lawn’s irrigation system from time to time (or from pets!), consider investing in more durable models such as those made from brass or steel for extra protection.

With the right setup and maintenance, your lawn’s irrigation system should last you years without any problems!