We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: behind (well, mostly beneath) every beautiful lawn is a well-maintained irrigation system. But even if you follow all of our advice, tackling any and every sprinkler issue as they crop up, there will come a time when you will need to evaluate your system and determine whether or not to replace it.
What to Look For
Property managers rely heavily on their irrigation systems. If you’re wondering if a system overhaul is necessary for your property, consider the following aspects.
Persistent Issues with Sprinkler Heads – If you find yourself dealing with frequent leaks and repeated repairs, it might be a sign that the entire system needs a renovation.
Low Water Pressure – If you notice that your sprinklers aren’t spraying as efficiently or as far as they once did, and repairs don’t seem to help, your irrigation system may have seen enough wear that it’s time to replace it entirely.
Increase in Water Usage and Bills – Perhaps you’ve noticed an uptick in the water usage on your property or an increase in water bills that can’t be explained by any other reason. Additionally, if this increase is particularly noticeable during times of the year when you’re watering green spaces more frequently, such as during the warmer summer months, your sprinkler system may be the culprit.
Your Property Relies on an Older System – Most irrigation systems have a lifespan of about 25 years. If you have an older system, you’re likely to experience problems more frequently. When the cost of maintenance begins to outweigh replacement of the entire system, it’s time to seriously consider the latter. Keep in mind that it may be more difficult to find replacement components for older systems, making repairs more costly in the long run. Another important factor: in Midwestern areas such as ours, the extreme seasonal/weather changes can put stress on a system’s pipes and fittings, making replacement necessary after a number of years.
Sprinkler Pipes Are at Risk – Even when an older sprinkler system seems to be holding out and working well, there may be other reasons it becomes necessary to replace it. For systems with pipes running near mature trees and shrubbery, there is the possibility that the root system can cause damage. It’s not unheard of for tree roots to sever or wrap around pipes, and for most property managers, replacing an irrigation system makes more sense than removing a tree.
Sprinkler System Design at Odds with Your Space – If the landscape design of your property has changed over the years, or you notice dry spots that you can’t remediate by tweaking your current system, then you may want to consider replacing the irrigation system entirely. Or perhaps you have a major landscape overhaul on the agenda and you already know that the current irrigation system will not work for the design. Bring in an expert to help you assess your needs and design a new system that meets your needs.
Taking Advantage of New Technology – If your property and budget would benefit from some of the updated technology that is available with newer systems (and perhaps not able to integrate with older systems), it may be time for an upgrade. Devices like rain and weather sensors can help greatly with water usage. Smart irrigation monitors can be inputted with various data points about your property, such as zip code and climate, soil type, grass type, etc., to give your landscaping a tailored irrigation schedule and program.
Irrigation System Support and Beyond
If you’re experiencing irrigation woes or just need some support with maintaining a property, we are ready to lend a hand. Our landscaping services can be tailored to fit all your needs, year round. Please contact us today to arrange a consultation.