How Sprinkler Systems Can Cause Unnecessarily High Water Bills

Landscaping is an integral part of any well kept home, and sprinkler systems are no small part of the process. During the warmer months, sprinklers play a pivotal role in maintaining the health of our grass and the appearance of our yards. But have you considered how it could be affecting your water bill? In this article, we’ll explain the importance of proactive sprinkler maintenance and how it can reduce usage (and costs) in a tangible way.

Wasted Water Means Wasted Money 

Water consumption is directly connected to the efficiency of your sprinkler system – makes sense, right? And by understanding just how important routine maintenance is to that overall efficiency,  you can take steps to avoid unexpected costs and make the most of your landscaping efforts. 

Here are a few things that can play a role in wasting water and ultimately increasing your water bill:

Malfunctioning Sprinklers: Malfunctioning valves or pipes within a sprinkler system can result in leaks even when the system is turned off. These leaks can be slow and gradual, but they add up to a substantial amount of water wastage over time.

Constant Water Flow: If a sprinkler is stuck in the on position, it will continuously release water even when it’s not needed. This can lead to significant water wastage, especially if the issue goes unnoticed for an extended period.

Improper Sprinkler Placement: Incorrectly positioned sprinkler heads that spray water onto sidewalks, driveways, or other non-landscaped areas waste water. After all, water that lands on hardscapes is essentially lost.

Incorrect Sprinkler Type: Using the wrong type of sprinklers for your landscape can also result in inefficient watering. For example, using misting nozzles in windy areas can lead to water drift and wastage.

Sprinkler Maintenance

A little effort can go a long way. Regular maintenance and periodic checks of your sprinkler system can ensure it operates optimally, saving both water and money. Here’s how to do it:

1. Inspect for Visible Damage: Identify signs of wear, tear, or damage in sprinkler heads and lines.

2.Check for Even Water Distribution: Ensure uniform water distribution to avoid zones that are overwatered or under-watered.

3.Evaluate Water Pressure: Monitor for fluctuations in water pressure that can affect efficiency.

4.Schedule Regular Maintenance: Routine checks and professional maintenance ensure optimal performance.

Benefits of Proactive Sprinkler Maintenance

It’s always good to know why we do what we do, and regular sprinkler maintenance is no arbitrary task. Understanding the benefits of making sure your sprinkler system is working properly can serve as quite the motivation to stay on top of it:

  • Savings on Water Bills: When a sprinkler system is operating properly it’s operating efficiently. This means the job is getting done with less water and more savings!
  • Extend the Life of Your Sprinkler System: Regular checks and maintenance not only help with efficiency, but could save from significant system failure.
  • Healthier Plants: Well-maintained sprinklers ensure even coverage, preventing certain areas from becoming waterlogged while others remain dry. This promotes healthier plant growth and a cleaner landscape.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.How often should I check my sprinkler system? 

A:Ideally, a thorough check should be done at the beginning of each season, but a quick monthly inspection can help identify any issues early on.

Q.What are signs that my sprinkler system might be malfunctioning?

A:Uneven patches of green in the lawn, unusually high water bills, or visible signs of damage on sprinkler heads can be indicators.

Q.Is it worth hiring professionals for sprinkler maintenance?

A:While homeowners can conduct basic checks, a professional will have the expertise to identify deeper issues and ensure the system runs at maximum efficiency.

Q.What’s the ideal water pressure for my sprinklers?

A:Most sprinkler systems are designed to operate between 30-50 psi, but it’s best to check manufacturer recommendations for your specific system.

What’s Your Takeaway?

A little attention to your sprinkler system can go a long way in avoiding high water bills. Not only does it benefit your pocket but it also contributes to a greener and more sustainable New Jersey! If you have more questions, please contact us ate Eaise Design & Landscaping. We’re here to help!