Is Your Irrigation System Costing You Money?


It’s springtime here in northern Nevada, and our weather is consistently inconsistent, just like usual. But as the weather warms, homeowners begin thinking about irrigation systems and the right time to turn on the sprinklers. If you winterized your system appropriately, starting it in the spring shouldn’t pose any problems. And once it’s up and running, you’re home free, right? That may be the case, but here are a few signs that your irrigation system is costing you money – and what you can do about it.

Five Signs of Trouble

  • You’re overwatering, and you regularly have soggy patches in the lawn or beds.
  • You’re watering even during rainy weather.
  • Your adjustments and settings are inaccurate.
  • You can’t identify water flow rates or breaks.
  • Your system is under managed.

Effective water management is the key to a beautiful outdoor space. Too much water saturates soil, starving the roots of your lawn and plants of the oxygen they need to flourish. Proper water management keeps soil moisture at the perfect level, allowing soil to dry out just enough to allow oxygen in.

Effective Water Management with New Technology

For the healthiest root systems, it’s recommended that watering should be deep and less frequent, as well as adapted to any prolonged changes in weather and rainfall amounts. Many irrigation systems have a rain sensor that will shut off the system during a rainstorm. They feature small disks that swell in the rain, sending a signal to shut down. The drawback to these sensors is that they usually can’t measure moisture in the soil. That’s where smart controllers show their value.

These controllers are being added to existing irrigation controls to improve water conservation and system efficiency, and they’re designed to run irrigation based on soil evaporation and rainfall. A running moisture balance determines when watering is necessary, and the savings in water consumption can really add up. Plus, many of these controllers can monitor flow rates through the irrigation system’s pipes to notify you of any interruptions. These can occur when a pipe or fitting cracks or breaks, and the earlier you catch the problem, the better.

If you’d like to learn more upgrading your irrigation system, or have your current system professionally reviewed to check for any potential issues, contact Harris Landscape Construction in Reno today. We’re happy to be of service.

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