A large yard can take a long time to water by hand, while different plant varieties require watering at different intervals. Certain plants require watering twice a week, especially during summer, and can prove to be a time-consuming liability for Lagrangeville, NY, homeowners to take care of by themselves.
Installing an irrigation system can therefore save you plenty of time and ensure the health of the plants you’ve invested in. However, these systems become worn over time and their pipes, sprinkler heads, valves, and other components will eventually need replacing. This article will help you to determine whether your irrigation system needs replacing, as well as share some of the benefits of keeping it in working condition.
The warning signs for replacement
Leaks are usually caused by a faulty zone valve, which usually calls for a quick and easy fix. However, if your property is experiencing recurrent leaks, it may be better to replace the entire system, or a large portion of it. This can often prove to be more cost effective in the long run, compared to incurring frequent maintenance costs.
A rising water bill
If your water bill surges during spring and summer, it may be due to an old and inefficient sprinkler system. In this case, it would be a good idea to have your irrigation system checked for any faulty valves, sprinkler heads, or pipes. As a rule of thumb, any irrigation system older than 25 years should be replaced, as they can pose major issues that waste plenty of water and require expensive repairs.
A drop in water pressure
Many factors can cause the water pressure of your irrigation system to decrease. These factors range from a single faulty valve to invasive roots or a cut water line. It is, therefore, essential to notify your landscaper of a decrease in water pressure, so that they can determine the cause of the problem and address it as soon as possible. It could very well result in the replacement of your entire irrigation system, especially if ignored and allowed to cause further damage.
The benefits of a working irrigation system
Specialized irrigation systems have the ability to direct water to the root of each plant, rather than showering the entire landscape. As well as saving water, this prevents the germination of any surrounding weeds, as they rely on water to grow. Water supplied directly to the roots can also prevent diseases that are caused by droplets that stand on leaves for long periods of time.
Saving time and water
We’ve established that hand watering can demand a substantial, and impractical, amount of time. Fortunately, irrigation systems have timers that can be preset for daily - or weekly - watering so that you can rest assured that your landscape is being nurtured while you focus on more pressing matters like family and work. Once the irrigation system has supplied an adequate amount of water to the landscape, the timer will shut the water off, leaving you happy with your water bill as well.
Nurturing the soil and preserving nutrients
Hand watering using a hose can allow too much water to seep into the soil. This can lead to nutrients leaching away with the excess water causing plants to starve. The soil can also become compacted because of saturation, which may suffocate the plants and manifest as withering or root disease. Irrigation systems supply a very specific amount of water to plants to ensure that your plantings receive exactly the right amount of water.