As a property manager or homeowner in North Florida, you know that maintaining a healthy and attractive landscape requires a well-functioning irrigation system. However, you may be unaware that your irrigation system may be costing you more money than necessary. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), residential outdoor water use accounts for more than 9 billion gallons of water per day in the United States. Therefore, it is essential to implement water-saving strategies to achieve water efficiency in your irrigation system.
Detect and Fix Head Leaks
Leaky sprinkler heads are a prevalent cause of water waste in irrigation systems. Over time, sprinkler heads may get damaged and discharge water unevenly or fail to spray water at all. This can result in overwatering or underwatering your landscape, both of which are detrimental to the plants. Besides, water waste from head leaks can lead to high water bills, wasted energy, and potentially harmful runoff.
To detect head leaks, walk around your landscape while your irrigation system is on, and observe the sprinkler heads. If you see water spraying unevenly or in the wrong direction, it’s a sign of a leak. Another way to detect head leaks is to conduct a “can test.” Place cans at different distances from the sprinkler heads and run the irrigation system for 15-20 minutes. If the water levels in the cans vary significantly, it indicates that the sprinkler heads need fixing.
To fix head leaks, first, turn off your irrigation system and unscrew the damaged sprinkler head. Inspect the head for cracks, clogs, or other damage. If you do not feel comfortable doing this yourself, our team is readily available.
Broken irrigation pipes are another culprit for water wastage in your landscape. Tree roots, age, and physical damage can cause pipes to break, leading to water leaking out into the surrounding soil. This can cause water waste and potentially harm your landscape. It can also lead to costly repairs and high-water bills.
Repairs of broken pipes are an intensive process that require an experienced irrigation partner to fix. Our team is more than happy to both consult and provide solutions.
Ensure Your Rain Sensor is Working
Most irrigation systems have rain sensors that automatically shut off the system when it rains. It is an excellent feature for saving water and reducing water bills, but it only works if the sensor is functioning correctly. Over time, the sensor may become clogged or damaged, resulting in incorrect readings and water wastage.
To ensure that your rain sensor is working correctly, inspect it periodically. Check for signs of physical damage, such as cracks or corrosion. Clean the sensor with a soft cloth or replace it if necessary. Moreover, if you live in an area with infrequent rainfall, you can install additional sensors to increase the accuracy of your irrigation system.
Upgrade to a Smart Irrigation System
For a more advanced approach to water-efficient irrigation, consider upgrading to a smart irrigation system. These systems use sensors and weather data to regulate watering schedules according to your landscape’s needs. This eliminates guesswork and ensures that your landscape receives the right amount of water at the right time. Besides, smart irrigation systems can save up to 50% of water compared to traditional systems, leading to lower water bills and a healthier landscape.
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