21 Sep

Why maintenance is key to increasing the lifespan of your sprinkler system

Making an investment in a sprinkler system comes with a wide range of benefits – not just for the overall health of your lawn, but also for the aesthetic value of your home. That being said – it’s not without a certain level of investment on your part and of course anyone who spends money on anything like a sprinkler system wants their system to last as long as possible.  Give or take, the average lifespan of your sprinkler system will be about 20 years. And over those 20 years, all sorts of things can happen that will damage your system. Keeping ahead of these issues before they become problems is essential to owning anything, really; but doubly important when it comes to your irrigation system.  The key to staying out ahead of these things is maintenance. Maintenance and more maintenance – and that’s what we’re here to talk about today. Let’s jump right in.  Why maintenance is so important In many ways, this is a no-brainer; but sometimes it’s important and necessary to paint a picture of the implications of something that seems as mundane as having someone check your system a few times a year. 95% of the issues we encounter with irrigation systems are directly related to their not being regularly maintained. Problems that start off tiny, progress over time and before you know it – you have components failing – and that adds up – not only with the appearance of your lawn – but in terms of the overall cost of the repair itself. What would have been a small bill for a routine checkup is not a large one for a potential rework of your system.  That being said, there are things you can do, yourself to stay out ahead of things.  In the spring You should always check your system and make sure that none of the sprinkler heads or pipes broke during the winter and are still functioning. Make sure zones are working normally. Also make sure you check your valves – and do so slowly as you’ll want to avoid any water hammer that could occur.  Mid-season As the Spring turns into the summer, make sure you get the fine tuning your system needs to operate at its peak. Check for blockages near your sprinkler heads. Make sure rotors are in good working condition and haven’t suffered any damage and are turning the way they should. And as always – the middle of the season is a great time to call in a pro who can help come in and perform any repairs or tweaks to make sure you get the most out of your irrigation system during the time of year where it’s at peak usage.  End of the season While there’s really no end of the season here in Florida, there is a point where we scale things back a bit and it’s important for your system to be ready for that. In colder weather areas, you’ll want to perform a ‘winter blowout’ where you use compressed air to blow out any residual water out of the system’s main lines, lateral lines and valves. That way you can avoid things like pipe rupture over the winter. That being said – blowouts are for professionals only. Don’t do that on your own! And always remember While it’s fine for you to perform basic tasks and checkups on your system, do make sure you have a pro coming through at least once a year. They’ll be able to see things you won’t and keep your system running as it was intended to.  Your best bet is to sign up for an ongoing maintenance plan if your company offers one. This way, these checkups will mostly be scheduled for you in advance and you won’t have to sweat the small stuff. It’s the best way for you to increase your irrigation system’s longevity, reduce your water usage, maintain an attractive landscape all while saving yourself a pretty penny in the long run. Good luck!