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Frequently Asked Irrigation Questions

Do we really need irrigation?

If you like to keep your lawn and garden green and healthy and do not want to spend a lot of time moving hoses, irrigation is necessary. Hose watering wastes a lot of water because most of the time you end up watering the driveway, a wall or someone else’s lawn along with your own. Sometimes you forget and run it for hours.

It is also difficult to water all of your lawn and garden evenly. The result is a checker board lawn or garden. Lawn sprinklers use about 50% of the water to give even and healthy lawns and gardens.

Is it advisable to start-up my lawn sprinkler system myself?

For systems that have been winterized properly, if you know what to check for when you do your own start-up, you can go ahead and do it. However, some owners only shut off the water for the winter and do not winterize the system by blowing out the water with air. When water is left in the pipe and components, what can happen is water freezes in the pipes and puts a lot of pressure on the clamps that connect sprinkler components from the beginning to the end, and that pressure loosens them.

Under normal operation, these connections leak slowly, and in a period of a season or so, lose a lot of water. After a while, connections come apart, requiring professional repair. If components freeze and crack, the replacement of components will cost all of the savings gained from not winterizing plus a lot more.

We have a lawn sprinkler system, but our water bill is very high during the summer. What can we do to reduce water consumption?

  • If you do not have a rain sensor, install one.

  • If you water every day, reduce it to two days a week and see if the lawn and garden needs more water. If it does, add one more day. If you decide to increase the run time, you should be careful, because it might cause run-off. If this does not work, do not water every day, call us.

  • Replace water consuming nozzles with high efficiency precision nozzles.

  • Consider a weather-based smart controller. It has been found to save up to 70% of water consumption, which pays for the investment in two to three years.

  • If the existing system was not designed and installed properly, it will only waste water. Consider improving, rebuilding or replacing the system.

  • Consider mid-season service, especially if you do not check your system regularly. One broken head over the length of the season will lose enough water to pay for more than one service call.

If you have any concerns, email us, and we will try to answer your question.

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