Is It Time To Upgrade Your System?
Like anything else associated with your home – your air conditioner, your water heater, your roof – sprinkler systems wear out over time. Sure, they don’t receive the daily workout that our ACs do, but they are still subjected to extreme Hernando county heat, hard water, and mower-related “beheadings.” The list below can help you determine if your irrigation system is in need of repair or a total upgrade:
- Is your system over five years old? If so, you may want to consider having it evaluated for simple upgrades such as high-efficiency sprinkler heads or remote management systems (imagine being able to use an app on your phone to turn off your sprinklers while you’re kayaking on the Weeki Watchee river).
- Have you made adjustments to the landscaping? If you’ve added or removed flower beds, planted or removed trees and shrubs, or expanded the square footage of your lawn, your lawn may have different needs than it did before you made changes. Additionally, root structures and digging can disrupt the underground piping, leading to leaks.
- Are their dead spots in your lawn? Or maybe trees, shrubs, or other greenery that fail to thrive. If you find yourself spending time hand-watering, then your sprinkler system isn’t doing its job.
- Have you noticed that your lawn or plants are becoming infested with insects or fungi? Both can be the results of receiving too much or too little water.
- Are your water bills unreasonably high? Ask around to find out what your neighbors are averaging on their reclaimed water usage to get an idea of what is “normal for Florida” and what is not.
If the idea of paying for a complete sprinkler system overhaul is worrisome, you can relax. Simple adjustments (such as relocating or replacing spray heads, locating wasteful and costly leaks, or upgrading your controller) can make a big difference. Making these small changes now can prevent you from having to pay for an entirely new system later.
If you think your Spring Hill irrigation system might need some TLC, contact Challenger Irrigation to schedule a consultation. We have over 20 years experience keeping Hernando County lawns looking their best.