The older your sprinkler system is, the more likely it is going to continue to need a lot of repairs. At some point, routine maintenance and repairs might not be enough. Additionally, technology is always changing in the world of sprinkler systems. Just like other systems in your house, new heating, air conditioning, light bulbs and other common appliances can save you a ton of money on your energy bills. The great news is your lawn sprinkler system is the same way!
The useful life of a common rotary sprinkler head is anywhere from 5 to 7 years. Your old sprinkler heads may be still working, but that doesn’t mean they are providing you with the most cost-effective use of water.
So how do you know when you need to start upgrading?
- Sprinkler heads need to be replaced.
It’s true every year some sprinkler heads are going to need replacement. If each spring you’re finding a higher and higher number of them, you might want to start thinking about being proactive instead of reactive to their replacement.
- Rotary and spray heads don’t won’t go down.
Have you ever walked outside in the morning and seen your rotary or spray heads sticking up? That’s because they are beginning to reach the end of their useful life. The springs inside your sprinkler heads are losing tension from years of use. A landscaper we have worked with for over 30 years has said “I consistently have to worry about sprinkler heads sticking up when I mow the lawn. I feel terrible every time I clip one and it needs to be replaced.”
- Underground leaks continue to occur.
Leaks can a happen, but if they are continuing to happen more frequently, it could be a sign of wear and tear. Constant freezing and thawing from the winter months weaken the strength of your components.
- Sprinkler system constantly doesn’t seem to work.
Irrigation systems don’t only use water. Electrical components of your irrigation system control when and how long to water for. Turning on and off hundreds of times a year they will begin to fail. Your sprinkler controller and zone valves are the most susceptible to electrical failure and can be devastating to your landscape.
- Your sprinkler system is 15+ years old.
Older sprinkler systems are more likely to start breaking down. Upgrading your system sooner rather than later could be in your best interest. With advancements in technology, newer components are more cost effective and energy-efficient. What you spend on a replacement you’ll save through years of energy-efficient irrigation.
One of our customers in Fairfield told me, “I’ve been with Aqua-Lawn for over 20 years. Working together to proactively upgrade my system has been a great decision! You can visibly see the difference in performance and my water bill is lower than when we first installed the system.”
If you’re noticing these issues don’t worry, we don’t need to install a brand new system. As the leading irrigation service provider in Fairfield County, we can work together to develop a budget friendly, preventative approach. Our dedicated team can inspect your system and provide a detailed report on what needs to be done now, and what can wait.
Contact us to learn more about saving water today!