It often seems strange to invest good money in an irrigation system and then bury it under the ground where it can’t be seen. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to have to repair or replace sprinkler systems because they are accidentally broken by an apologetic friend or family member.
If you’ve recently invested in a sprinkler system for your home, make sure you’ve covered these bases to protect your investment in the future:
Watch Where You Dig
Summer is a great time of year to get outside with your family and take on household and yard projects. Whether you’re planting a tree, or digging a hole for a fence post, it’s important that you know where to dig so that you don’t cause permanent damage to your sprinkler system. If you’re not sure where the lines run on your system, call a professional who can come out and give you an idea of what areas to steer clear of with your shovel this summer.
Be Careful Where You Mow
Summertime in Florida just happens to be the perfect environment for growing really tall grass! From the consistent sun exposure to the nearly daily rainstorms, homeowners have to do a lot of mowing to stay on top of the growth. One common irrigation system issue is when well-meaning homeowners or lawn maintenance companies accidentally mow over sprinklers and break them. If this has happened to you before, don’t worry, you’re in good company. But, in order to protect your system from future damage, consider protecting your sprinkler heads with an inexpensive sprinkler head guard. The purchase of an item like this is well worth the savings in protecting your irrigation system from future damage.
No Driving On The Grass
Hopefully, this is a conversation you’ve already had with your family members, but it is really important that people resist the urge to drive on your lawn. This is often a discussion that must be had with young people who don’t understand the risks it may pose to your sprinkler system and the overall quality of your grass. Some families choose to install fencing or plant hedges to create definition for where the driveway ends and the lawn begins.
A broken sprinkler system can cause you money in two big ways. First, an unwatered lawn will eventually die and then require time and money to replace with new sod. And second, broken irrigation lines can leak water into the ground costing you extra money on your next water bill. Treat your sprinkler system gently and it will serve you and your family well. If you are in need of a new irrigation system or need a professional to evaluate your current system, contact us today.