Sprinkler systems are a cost-effective solution for homeowners to keep their lawns in good shape. One of the most significant advantages it provides is that it aids in the reduction of utility expenses by lowering and managing water usage in the yard. Water expenditures are likely to be reduced with the correct combination of an automated irrigation system and high-quality sprinkler heads.
However, they have to be installed correctly if you want to reap the benefits.
Benefits of an Automatic Lawn Sprinkler System
If you’re tired of manually watering your lawn, then an automatic water sprinkler system is the answer for you. With how today’s sprinkler systems work, you don’t even have to worry about overwatering or underwatering, provided that you have correctly installed the system. Here are some benefits of an automatic lawn sprinkler system.
- You Save Time
It saves you time from physically watering your lawn or even watching the sprinkler system irrigate your lawn because it is automatic. All you have to do is set the timer and it will water your plants and grass automatically. It also turns off on its own once it has completed its task.
- You Save on Your Water Bill and You Help Conserve Water
A lawn sprinkler system regulates the amount of water you use on your lawn. As a result, you’ll save a great deal of money on your water bill. For starters, it only turns on and off as needed. Second, it has control over where the water goes and how far it travels. So, with lawn sprinkler systems, there is no such thing as excessive water use unless you installed them incorrectly.
Common Mistakes When Installing Sprinkler Systems and How to Avoid Them
While having sprinkler systems can ease people’s lives, installing it is a different matter. While some people choose to DIY their way into the installation process, things can get tricky and some mistakes may be made. Nevertheless, whether you choose to do it by yourself or have an experienced professional do it, here are some common mistakes you should be avoiding when installing your sprinkler systems.
- Pipe Trenches That Are Too Shallow or Too Deep
Excavation for pipe trenches must be done with precision. Sprinkler systems are typically built 7 inches underground, with a maximum depth of 10 inches. If you dig too deep, you’ll have to dig up the pipes to check for leaks. If you don’t dig deep enough, the pipes will be exposed to any significant weight that is placed on top of them. It is critical to install sprinkler systems with as much accuracy as possible so that you do not have to deal with larger issues in the future.
- Putting Together Different Types of Irrigation Heads in One Zone
When you mix several types of irrigation heads in one area, you risk having dry regions. Another concern is that you will incur higher water bills as a result of running the sprinklers more frequently to cover the dry zone. Always keep in mind that one of the main reasons you placed your lawn sprinkler was to try to save money on your water costs.
- Setting Up Irrigation Heads Too Far Apart From Each Other
One of the benefits of installing sprinklers is that you get consistent volumes of water sprinkled over your grass at regular intervals. As a result, your lawn will be healthier, and you will save money on your water costs. If you space your irrigation heads too far apart, you’ll end up with grass or plants that aren’t well hydrated. Irrigation heads have been constructed with a maximum throwing distance in mind. You can have a well-watered lawn by correctly spacing your irrigation heads, and you won’t risk overworking your sprinkler systems due to overwatering.
- Running Different Sprinkler Heads at the Same Amount of Time
The rate of precipitation depends on the sprinkler heads. Some spritz more water, while others spout less. As a result, they should not be run at the same time. Sprinkler system heads that spout more water should be run for a shorter period of time.
- Not Installing a Rain Shutoff Device
July is regarded as the wettest month of the year in Canada. If it’s raining, you don’t want your lawn sprinklers to turn on at the same time. Always have a rain shutoff device installed when installing sprinkler systems. Rain shutoff devices are connected to the controller of an automatic irrigation system so that it can override the irrigation system if the sensor detects rain. Installing these shutdown devices can help you save money on your water bills and reduce water waste.
- Not Checking for Any Electrical or Internet Cables Underground
Before you start digging, check to see if there are any current electricity or internet wires buried directly beneath the area where you plan to dig. It’s an extremely dangerous situation for you and your neighbours if you accidentally hit an electrical cable. It can cause electrical fires or even disrupt the entire neighbourhood’s irrigation system. So, to keep yourself and your neighbours safe, always check for any existing power wires buried beneath the surface.
- Overspraying Sprinklers
Sprinkler heads that overspray can cause water to flow over into regions where it isn’t needed. It can overflow onto driveways, sidewalks, and, in the worst-case scenario, onto your neighbour’s property. Check your sprinkler system for overspray on a regular basis so you can make the necessary adjustments right away.
Do you want to save yourself and avoid the stress of watering your lawn by hand? Augusta Green Sprinklers is here to help. Call us at 416-227-1666 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to install your Toronto home’s sprinkler system.