Here’s what it costs if you don’t maintain your irrigation system: your lawn might die.
Here in Central Florida, our irrigation systems get a real workout, so regular maintenance inspections are a must.
What’s the cost to maintain an irrigation system?
Let’s take a look.
A Look at Irrigation Maintenance Prices
Plan to spend about $85 a quarter to have your irrigation system inspected.Irrigation technicians will look everything over and spot potential problems before your system breaks down and your grass dies.
What do they check? Lots of stuff:
1. Your Irrigation Controller
Is it plugged in firmly? Are the sensors and wires connected properly?Technicians will check all the run times and update the watering schedule for the season. Is your system watering your landscaping too much or too little for the time of year?
2. Sprinkler Heads
Don't assume your sprinkler heads are OK. They go through a lot.
Over time, they can get clogged, hit by a lawnmower, or sink too low into the ground. One or two might get misdirected, spraying water on your driveway instead of your flower bed.An important part of maintenance is Inspecting each one to make sure they’re getting the job done.
3. Flush the Irrigation System
Your sprinkler system needs clear pipes and steady water pressure to do its job.Technicians will turn on the water to flush any debris or dirt trapped in the lines.
4. A Two-Minute Sprinkler Test
Part of a maintenance inspection is running each zone in your system for a couple of minutes to make sure everything’s working well.Irrigation technicians look for a few things as the water sprays:
- Are any heads leaking or broken?
- Are any spots too wet or too dry? If so, they’ll adjust the watering time for those zones.
- Is water hitting only where it should, and not over spraying on pavement or hitting buildings? Maybe a nozzle is too big, spraying 12 feet when it only needs to spray 8.
- Are any nozzles clogged with debris?
- Does anything look like it needs repair?
Spend Some Green Now for Green Grass Later
Investing in quarterly sprinkler system maintenance costs to catch problems early can help avoid higher costs later for emergency repairs. Those add up:
- Backflow stops working: $250-$400
- Valve stuck open: $175-$250
- Broken sprinkler head: $85-$150 plus parts
- Broken line: $85-$150 plus parts
A quarterly irrigation system inspection will find the little issues that can lead to bigger problems later, from cracked lines and leaky valves to clogged nozzles or broken spray heads.It doesn’t take long for a healthy green lawn or landscape to turn brown and die without enough water.
Trust Your Irrigation System Maintenance to Ground Source
Eighty-five bucks a quarter is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
Keep your Central Florida irrigation system tuned up and your lawn green and healthy with a bit of preventive maintenance.
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