Your sprinkler system could be operating under too much pressure–the No. 1 culprit when it comes to wasting water. Plants will not receive adequate water and you could waste thousands of gallons of water in just one growing season. That’s your money down the drain.
Many homes are in areas with high or fluctuating water pressure and using the right sprinkler heads can solve these pressure problems. In industry jargon, they are “pressure regulating devices” and ideally, these are the sprinkler heads already in your irrigation system. They are available from leading manufacturers such as Hunter, Rain Bird and Toro.
What does too much pressure look like?
If you look at sprinklers when they are running and water appears to be misting or fogging, you have too much pressure. The sound is like the hissing you hear when you pull a nail out of a tire.
With too much pressure, you could be over-delivering 1 gallon of water from every sprinkler head for every minute it operates all season long. When you do the math, that could add up to hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water.
From a plant health point of view, water that comes out of the sprinklers misting or fogging won’t be delivered efficiently to the root zone of the plants. Rather than falling straight down, water evaporates or is blown away in the breeze. Some plants will be over-watered and others under-watered.
If you are installing a new sprinkler system or upgrading an existing one, make sure the sprinkler heads are the pressure reducing variety. They do cost more on the front-end, but they will keep you from sending water you’re paying for down the drain.
Look for products that show the EPA Water Sense label and check with your water provider to see if it offers rebates on purchases of this water-saving technology.
At the end of the day, water that is not pressure regulated wastes water, wastes your money and does an inferior job of keeping your plants healthy. Implementing smart irrigation technology with pressure reducing sprinkler heads removes these wastes.
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Small Changes could make Big Improvements!
The sun and heat in the summer season could create hassles for your lawn in the form of certain disease and brown spots.
Have you noticed that your sprinkler is performing much below par this summer as compared to its efficiency at the time of installation? Perhaps, newly broken pipes or clogged heads could also be the reason behind its poor performance. Even if the sprinkler system is working well with basic fall and spring maintenance, it is wise to check it monthly to adjust to changes as your landscape matures or for slight malfunctions.
The Top 4 Sprinkler Problems:
BestYard.com sees while taking care of sprinkler systems in Aurora, Parker, Castle Rock, and Highlands Ranch are listed below along with ways to fix the problem.
- Flowers or shrubs hide the heads – At the time of installation of sprinkler system, it is likely that the shrubs and flowers were of lesser height. However, you need to keep a check on their growth and make sure to cut them back to prevent the heads from malfunctioning. As a second option, you could move the heads from some selected areas if cutting the shrubs poses a setback to the design of your garden. As a third option, you might need to raise sprinkler heads to spray over the current plantings.
- Crooked Heads – Thawing and freezing cycle of the winter season affects the positioning of the sprinkler heads. Specifically, ground heave of the winter can cause misalignment of spray heads. In such cases, it is wise to straighten the heads so they are perpendicular to the ground. This could enhance the performance of the sprinkler head coverage.
- Too low Heads – Was your sprinkler system installed at the time of initial lawn installation? If so, as the lawn grows over the years the sprinkler heads may be too low to spray over the grass or shrubs to provide proper coverage. The solution is to raise the heads so they provide sprinkler head to head coverage.
- Tuning, Malfunctions and Tuning – Several problems could lead to brown spots in your garden, such as:
- Broken lines and valves
- Clogged or damaged heads
- Malfunctioning solenoids
- Controllers not adjusted for summer conditions
Correct these minor problems to ensure that your lawn gets proper water coverage during hot summer conditions.
Does your lawn also face one or more of these issues? Do you find fixing your sprinkler system too complicated? If yes, then our certified irrigation experts are always there to fix the issues and gear up your lawn to face the conditions of hot summer.
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