What’s the Cost of a Broken Sprinkler Head?

Life is busy so we automate as much as we can. You set a schedule so that you know your landscaping will continuing looking healthy even if your week’s double booked. Then you open your water bill and it’s double, triple, maybe even quadruple what it was last month. We’ve all been there.

The likely culprit is a broken sprinkler head. The average flow rate of a broken sprinkler head is 15 gallons per minute. That means if you run each zone for 10 minutes and you have a broken head you’re losing 150 gallons of water. If you run each zone for 30 minutes you are losing 450 gallons of water. That’s just one broken head on one zone.

All of this adds up to a huge water bill you weren’t expecting. A simple way to prevent this expensive issue is to visually check your zones once a month. Most systems have a test feature that will allow you to quickly run through all zones to check for issues.This allows you to detect any broken heads, leaks, stopped up nozzles, or any other problems that could be causing your system to be less efficient that it should be.

Another option is to add a flow meter that monitors your average flow rate and notifies you when the flow rate is significantly different.

Easy tips to keep your system running at peak performance

  • Visually check your system at least once a month, checking for broken sprinkler heads and your spray pattern.
  • As the temperature cools off you can reduce your sprinkler run times. Start with 5 minutes less per zone and see how your lawn looks.
  • With winter approaching, remember to cover all exposed piping to protect it from freezing.
  • Can a WiFi controller make your sprinkler system more efficient?

    Have you ever wondered if your watering schedule is the most efficient for the weather forecast? Have you ever been out of town and wondered if you forgot to set the sprinkler system correctly?

    If you have found yourself asking those questions the answer is a WiFi sprinkler system controller. WiFi sprinkler system controllers have been around for a while but are now more affordable than ever. With options for systems with 6 zones all the way up to 36 zones there is a controller that fits your needs. The best part about these controllers is the software that is built in. The software allows your system to plan out the best watering schedule based upon the weather forecast. Add to that sensors that measure your systems flow rate and notify you if there are valve problems or line breaks and you will have an efficient system that will keep your lawn and flower beds looking their best. Contact Evergreen Sprinkler Repair today at (210)496-2318.

    Responsible Watering Part I

    In San Antonio, being responsible about water usage in irrigation is of utmost importance. With the Aquifer levels low due to the long periods of drought, saving water becomes every resident’s responsibility. Learning to use water efficiently, in the most precise and even manner possible, minimizes waste. In this 2 part blog, we will include a number of best practices and product suggestions that can be used to manage water more efficiently. Evergreen Sprinkler Repair can help with water-saving irrigation and sprinkler repair. Call us (210) 496-2318.

    Water saving benefits of water conserving products

    Water conservation products are better for the environment AND they can save money. Although purchasing water conserving products can be a little more expensive , it will minimize water wate and save you money in the long run. Just one example, an upgrade to a pressure regulating device on a spray head can save water and money.

    Irrigation Design for different plant needs and environmental conditions

    Set up irrigation zones and schedules for plants based on the water needs of your plant groupings. This will require more zones and may cost a little more initially, but will go a long way to save water. For example, suppose a landscape includes grass, shrubs, and trees, and the grass requires more water to stay healthy than do the shrubs and trees. If everything is on the same zone, the watering needs will be dictated by the grass, and the shrubs and trees will be over-watered. With separate zones controlled by separate programs on a controller, you can divide the schedule into smaller, more precise watering times and apply on the water needed for the particular plant.

    Use pressure regulating devices in high pressure situations

    Every 5 psi reduction in water pressure reduces water usage by 6-8%. The savings are over 50% if a 70 psi spray zone is reduced to the recommended 30 psi. So, design an irrigation and sprinkler system for an optimum 30 psi water delivery to spray heads to avoid wasteful misting/fogging. This can be achieved with pressure regulating spray heads, pressure reducing valves, and pressure regulating modules installed on valves. For low pressure situations which can result in uneven coverage, use a high efficiency pump.

    Use check valve devices to prevent low head drainage

    In landscaping with different elevations, water flows down to the lowest head on the system and drains out, causing puddles, erosion, and run-off. A check valve device prevents the water from draining out by trapping the water in the lateral line.

    Use high efficiency nozzles for uniform coverage

    Use nozzles in your sprinkler system that apply water evenly and save up to 30% in water usage. This is best achieved using matched precipitation rate nozzles. If precipitation is not matched, the system must be set to water the area that is putting down the least amount of water, thereby over-watering the other areas and wasting water. High efficiency nozzles are matched precipitation nozzles that provide the best and most uniform coverage, thereby eliminating watering gaps and reducing water usage…by as much as 30%. F

    Install direct-to-plant-root irrigation in non-turf areas

    Use drip irrigation for shrubs, flowers, and other non-turf areas. Drip irrigation systems deliver precise amounts of water slowly and evenly at the plant’s roots, eliminating water waste, run-off and over spray onto windows, walks and streets. The slow, consistent application of water at the plant root reduces weeds and plant disease, and helps plants to thrive.

    Stay tuned for more tips on creating water conscious sprinkler systems. Call Evergreen Sprinkler Repair for more information  (210) 496-2318.