An underground sprinkler system is a great way to increase your watering efficiency, while also saving you time, energy, and maybe even money along the way. Underground systems provide peace of mind and make sure that the entire yard gets watered the proper amount, and some systems can even account for the weather – so you don’t have to!
While an underground sprinkler system has its benefits, there are also many factors to consider before purchasing one. To save yourself even more time, energy, and money, here are six things to know before you talk to an expert.
1. How it Works
In case you’re entirely new to the sprinkler game, an underground system is directly connected to your home’s plumbing and pipes, so you don’t need to plug it into a hose or anything. Experts will work with you to figure out exactly where all the sprinkler heads should pop out to best suit your needs, unlike a hose sprinkler which gives the same volume of water all over.
This means you can say goodbye to the days of hooking up a rotating sprinkler and placing it in the yard, moving it around on your own, and taking up your time. With an underground sprinkler system, you don’t need to sit around worrying about how much water your precious grass and plants have received.
There are plenty of DIY kits for installing your underground sprinkler system yourself, and we applaud you for considering them. However, unless you yourself are an expert, it’s not typically a good idea, as it usually leads to more headache than savings.
Installing an underground sprinkler system requires a lot of knowledge that the typical homeowner usually doesn’t have. We’re not trying to say you can’t do it but unless you’re an expert, you probably don’t know how to dig the routes, set up the computer system, and check for proper city permits to build your system.
3. Water Conservation
One of the lesser-known reasons you might be interested in an underground sprinkler system is that it can really help you save water. This is beneficial for a lot of reasons, not least among them financial savings, environmental benefits, and it helps your plants and yard grow properly.
With a properly installed underground sprinkler system, you can target only things that grow, and target them with the right amount of time and water. No more soaking wet concrete or sidewalks around your house: you’ve got an underground system.
4. Sensors and Timers
Along with the financial and environmental benefits, another great pro of having an underground sprinkler system is that you can cater it to your exact yard. Using a timer, you can set a schedule that not only fits your needs but also meets the requirements of your local government regulations on water usage.
You can also set up sensors, which are not just great for saving water (by turning off the schedule on a rainy day) but also help if you have particularly sensitive plants in your garden that could get damaged by heavy watering.
5. Different Types
Another way to customize your underground sprinkler system is by adding various types of sprinkler heads to best suit your front and backyards. Many homeowners don’t simply use their sprinkler systems for their lawn; they also use them to water their gardens, which can be full of plants that do better with specific watering techniques.
To accomplish these varied needs, an underground sprinkler system is a great option. You can include features like sprinkler heads with softer water sprays, or even drip line emitters, which are especially effective on flower beds which can sometimes be damaged by harsh sprays of pressurized water.
6. Learn Your System
Whether you do it yourself or hire an expert (which, as we said, we recommend), you should make sure to either get a document with all the information, or write down the specific brands and literature concerning your specific equipment. You’ll want the name and model numbers if possible.
As with any piece of equipment, there is a chance you’re going to need repairs. When you do, it’ll be way easier to get it done efficiently with the information already on hand.
Whether you’re just thinking about getting an underground sprinkler system or this is your last piece of information you’re reading before finally pulling the trigger, we are here to help. Give us a call today to discuss your needs with our expert team!
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