Your sprinkler system can be instrumental in keeping your lawn and landscape looking healthy and green. But when it’s not working properly, it can also be responsible for serious lawn or landscape problems—not to mention sending costly water down the drain (and we mean that literally!).
Of course, a sprinkler system repair might also be needed if your lawn is not putting out enough water—or distributing it in the right places.
While you might assume that the need for an irrigation repair would always be obvious, in reality, some of the signs can be quite subtle. That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of what to watch for.
Since a prompt irrigation repair at your Flower Mound, Highland Village, or West Plano, TX home can save you money and headaches, it’s important to know the signs that trouble may be lurking.
The most obvious sign that you’re in need of an irrigation repair is when you have an excess of water that has become visible in the form of overwatering. This might mean that you have standing water in the yard or in your plant beds. It could also become visible as runoff on sidewalks or coming down the driveway (or other hardscaping).
Even if water isn’t pooling in the lawn, you may begin to see signs of overwatering if your lawn has become brown and squishy. While it’s true that an under-watered lawn will turn brown, it’s not going to be squishy like a sponge.
The above are the highly visible signs of an irrigation system that is putting out too much water (or has a leak). However, sometimes that leak is pretty tiny and it might not be as obvious. If you happen to notice that your driveway or sidewalk are always just a little bit wet—or, they’ve started to grow some moss—then it could be a sign that you are in need of a sprinkler system repair.
An unexpectedly high water bill should definitely raise a red flag that you might have a leak. Of course, the irrigation system is not always going to be the culprit. There could be a leak in an appliance or a leak in plumbing.
But it should be on your radar that something is not right (and you should get to the bottom of it before it continues costing you money).
Irrigation systems can really help keep your plant material looking and performing its best. However, if you suddenly notice that your plants seem under a lot of stress and are dulling in color, it could be that they’re not receiving the proper amount of water due to an irrigation problem.
Similarly, if you have a zone programmed for an ornamental tree (or multiple trees), and leaves seem to be falling off early, it could be a sign that you’re in need of an irrigation repair.
If your irrigation system isn’t performing optimally, and isn’t putting out ample water, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your whole lawn will turn brown. It could be green in patches, where it is receiving the right amount of water. In other areas it might be dull yellow, or maybe brown if it’s really lacking water.
If you were to fly a drone and take an aerial shot, it might look like you have green circles. This is a sign that your lawn isn’t being watered in a uniform fashion as it ought to be.
One little tip that we’d like to share is that many homeowners do not realize their system has a double check valve. From the water meter that you have by the street, there is an underground pipe that runs a few feet and then T’s off. One line goes to the doublecheck valve (which is the beginning of your underground irrigation in the yard) and one goes directly to your house.
If you believe you may be in need of a sprinkler system repair, more specifically, that you might have a leak, then you don’t have to turn the whole meter off, you can turn just the doublecheck valve off. This can help isolate the problem and reduce water waste.
If you feel unsure as to how to locate this valve, make sure to ask your irrigation pro during your next inspection. At Grassperson, we’re always happy to demonstrate where this is located and how to turn it off.
A lot of times, homeowners assume they don’t need to have their irrigation system checked regularly, especially if it seems to be functioning properly. However, given the fact that some of the signs of an irrigation repair can be subtle, it’s worth that regular check-up to ensure that your system is functioning its best. Sometimes even small tweaks can save you money and help your lawn and landscape to perform better.
One thing that is often overlooked is the fact that an irrigation check can be a lot less costly than having to replace your lawn or your valuable plant material. It can also save you a lot of money (and headaches) to catch a problem in the early stage, before it becomes more severe. Plus, even a small leak can start to add up to a lot of wasted water over time.
Although you don’t want an irrigation problem at any time of the year, you really don’t want a problem during the months of peak usage (primarily in the summer). It’s during this time that an irrigation leak or other issue can really become costly and problematic.
But you also want to make sure that your system is running optimally and in tune with the season that we’re in. Part of effectively managing an irrigation system means knowing which months you can “dial it back” and which months you need to increase your usage.
There’s no question that irrigation problems can be costly. That’s why doing what you can to prevent them is critical.
At Grassperson, we recommend at least bi-annual irrigation checks in the spring and in the fall. In the spring, we’re making sure everything looks good as we head into the hottest months (and drought-like conditions). We’re making tweaks where they’re needed and making sure any repairs (however minor they may be) are handled. In the fall, we’re making sure the system is set up for winter when the lawn and landscape needs will dramatically change again.
Of course, some clients want more than that. During the active growing season some homeowners want monthly checks to ensure that everything is in optimal working order.
At the end of the day, it all boils down to peace of mind. When it comes to ensuring that you’re not wasting water and that your lawn and landscape will continue to look and perform as the “best on the block,” we feel that’s what you deserve.
Instead of worrying about potential irrigation problems that may be lurking, you can leave it up to a pro who knows exactly what your Northern Texas property needs. Get a Free Quote, then you can enjoy the best lawn and landscape on the block!