April 15, 2015
Invest: July is Smart Irrigation Month
There are many reasons to invest in a professionally installed sprinkler system. You’ll notice a number of performance and value enhancements. For example, you can expect lower water bills, you’re landscaping will live longer and stay healthier, you’ll use less water and save time. It is also important to plan carefully when having a system installed. Below are a few tips for investing in a sprinkler system provided by irrigation.org:
- Use components that provide flexibility. Different plants have different watering needs, and these needs may change over time. Your system should allow you to apply the right amount of water for each type of plant by the most effective method.
- Install excess capacity. Irrigation zones are areas that are watered by the same irrigation valve and plumbing. Installing extra connections now makes it easier, and less expensive, to expand your irrigation system later.
- Think smart. Include “smart” controls that automatically adjust watering based on rain, soil moisture, evaporation and plant water use.
- Check water pressure. Low or high pressure can seriously affect sprinkler performance; choose sprinklers based on the water pressure on your site.
- Buy the best. Use the best components you can afford. This will minimize future maintenance as well as the total lifetime cost of your system.
- Meet code requirements. Include the right backflow prevention device for your area. Required by the National Plumbing Code for all irrigation systems, backflow prevention devices prevent irrigation system water from contaminating the water supply.
- Dig deep. Install lines deep enough to protect them from damage from aeration and other lawn maintenance.
- Look for savings. Many water utilities offer rebates for certain water-efficient products. Before finalizing your new system, consult with your local water provider.
- Hire carefully. Even the best irrigation system won’t perform well if installed incorrectly. When looking to hire a designer or contractor, always get multiple bids, check references and confirm all vendors are insured. With Continuum Services, your lawn irrigation systems are handled by licensed and certified technicians trained in proper hydration and all associated processes.