The Heart Of A Beautiful Yard: Irrigation Systems
Hydrating your property may not be the most exciting aspect of lawn care, but certainly is one of the more important ones. Just as we do, your yard’s plants need adequate quality H2O intake to survive. Proper irrigation systems add life (literally!) and functionality to any yard. If you want that healthy, glossy look for your grass; trees, and plants that are full and plush, irrigation is essential.
As the effects of climate change make themselves all the more apparent, from 2020, to 2021, to each passing consecutive year, proper irrigation and plant nourishment has become a more important asset than ever. According to the United States Geological Survey, around 70% of all the world’s freshwater withdrawals go toward irrigation systems!
Our staff is knowledgeable about all types of irrigation installations and repairs. We handle all types of systems, components, and maintenance work, landscaping, and construction services, and do everything we can to satisfy our clients and customers.
For several years, our family-owned and operated team has delivered results for both residential and commercial irrigation systems alike. But how can you tell which is best and best for your unique personal needs? Whether you’re looking to fix up the landscape of a home, golf courses, or a spacious manor yard, our team has you covered.
Which Irrigation System Is Best?
When residential and commercial yard, your irrigation system should act as the veins of your landscape, feeding invaluable lifeblood to every essential “organ” present. In this metaphor, the “organs” of your yard could mean:
- A garden
- Lush greenery
- A healthy lawn
For 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year, through the winter, spring, summer, or fall, these “organs” will have to weather a barrage wrought forth by the outdoor elements. Keeping them beautiful and healthy is far easier said than done, especially when the weather can fluctuate so wildly in a given week.
Of course, each climate and each property in that climate can demand unique irrigation services, but generally speaking, full-service irrigation systems should be installed to accommodate these unique irrigation needs. For adequate functionality, we recommend installation and maintenance of the following:
- Automated Lawn Sprinklers
- Pressure Regulators
- 360 Degree Sprinkler Heads
- Widespread PVC Piping
- Tubing adapters
- Drip tubing
- Backflow preventers
- Accessible valves
You’ll want enough widespread coverage to touch all essential areas of your yard; 360 degrees, north, south, east, and west. The way to ensure this with maximum efficiency is via a drip irrigation system; according to the University of Rhode Island, they outclass the 65-75% efficiency of traditional sprinklers with 90% efficiency, directly watering into the root zone, unlike traditional sprinklers.
Another way to maximize efficiency and minimize the dirty work is via a smart controller. If you’re willing to shell out a little extra, you can purchase an automated smart irrigation controller that’s only watering your areas in small, energy-efficient increments. So, look for one that offers maximum coverage and maximum efficiency.
When Will An Irrigation System Freeze?
Lawn sprinklers and piping can be vulnerable to freezing in a matter of hours. Around Westchester County and the Greater Northeast, winters can get particularly frigid, which is why winterizing your irrigation, and weatherizing it for ongoing seasonal changes at large, is so important.
Even the strongest, industry-leading commercial sprinkler system can be vulnerable to weather damage if insufficiently and inadequately prepared. To mitigate this problem from happening, it’s best to refer to experienced, certified technicians, and take some basic due diligence (on your behalf) to winterize your home. Such winterization steps you can take to save water, money, and stressful headaches include:
- Shutting off the water supply to ease pressure
- Opening outside pipes and RPZ valves
- Unplugging the booster pump (if installed)
- Running extraneous water out of the system for at least 2 minutes
All of these measures are ones you can proactively take on your own without the help of professionals. But should you need that help, our team is here and waiting, with over five decades of combined experience.
Can You Have An Irrigation System With A Well?
Homeowners with water wells often wonder whether or not that well can be integrated into their irrigation system. More often than not, the answer is a resounding “yes”, you can implement a well irrigation system or commercial sprinkler systems!
Doing so is a great, excellent way to both save water and money on your systems. Wells can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000 on average, but with lowered water bills, that value will practically pay for itself in the long term.
Your lawn sprinklers and outdoor water use will probably make up the largest bulk of your water systems’ bill: according to the EPA, outdoor water accounts for 8 billion gallons used each day, exponentially more water than the sort used for dishwashing, sinks, or even showering. Use that water as considerately and conscientiously as possible, and don’t hesitate to contact us today and refer to a professional if you have any additional questions about using your systems efficiently.
Why Is My Irrigation System Not Working? What About My Commercial Sprinkler System?
A myriad of technical difficulties and gaffes could be preventing your irrigation system or lawn sprinkler system from performing as optimally as it could. Causes of these difficulties could stem from one or more of the following:
- Broken or clogged sprinkler heads
- Leaking pipes
- Defective lawn sprinklers
- Dirty or clogged piping
- Defective valve
- Electrical issues with smart controller
- Imbalanced water pressure levels
As these issues can vary so widely, so can their troubleshooting solutions. The heads of lawn sprinklers can usually be replaced or cleaned with minimal effort. Likewise, you may want to test voltage using a multimeter, or cut the damaged piping out of your systems with a hacksaw and replace it accordingly.
Replacing heads is usually the easiest, simplest troubleshoot; you don’t have to be a DIY-savvy Renaissance handyman of a customer to have performed this procedure. Most other troubleshoots, however, demand more extensive maintenance and technical knowledge.
Depending on the location of your damaged piping and/or wiring, this may demand extensive digging into the ground, which is where it helps to arrange an appointment with reliable, responsive landscaping technicians. They can visit the site of the lawn sprinkler systems and irrigation system at large, examine your case down to the very root of the problem, and work to address it from there.
How Do I Drain My Home’s Irrigation System And Lawn Sprinkler Systems?
Draining an irrigation system is an essential part of winterizing it. If you’re having trouble understanding how to do so, it’s almost always a five-step turning process:
- Turning off the systems’ supply valve.
- Turning off all lawn sprinklers.
- Turning the drain on the side of your house open.
- Turning any ball valve handles at least 45 degrees.
- Turning all drains.
- Turning everything off.
If you have a really comprehensive setup though, and one which deals with heavy backflow, then you may need to have it undergo a deeper blowout. During this process, an air compressor will be used to blow out extraneous air and water. Misapplied air pressure could easily end up damaging your systems and doing more harm than good, which is why it’s advisable to enlist the help of a trusted professional when performing this particular draining method.
Alternatively, you could invest in smart sprinkler system heads that drain automatically, effectively removing that worry altogether. In any case, draining is a crucial part of keeping things functioning optimally.
Landscape Lighting And Irrigation in New York
Landscape lighting can be the additional boost of oxygen for the lifeblood pumping around your property. Such lighting fixtures can be used to boost photosynthesis, illuminate nights out, and really accentuate the vibrant green scenery around your house.
Like your irrigation, you’ll want to ensure that your landscape lighting covers the entire central areas of your home or businesses’ yard. Furthermore, you’ll want to ensure that you’re able to squeeze as much lifespan and longevity out of these lightning systems as feasibly possible.
Lights composed with LED materials will offer the most longevity; they can shine up a yard for a decade or two before their bulbs need replacement. This lightning can be costly to install, with average price ranges peaking in the thousands. If you can afford it though, then it’s certainly a worthwhile investment to promote plant vitality and enrich late night outdoor events.
Ready When You Are
As with any system that has a lot of moving parts, residential and commercial irrigation systems can be prone to break down from time to time. We offer full repairs on all systems and even inspect systems throughout the season to ensure everything is running smoothly. Being proactive can reduce future issues and costs.
DBI has been working in irrigation for over four decades and we bring all that experience with us to every project. Need a new system installed or even a current one inspected? We highly recommend that you let us know, so we can get you a free estimate, and get you up and running.
We operate for many locations, homes, and golf courses around the northeast, such as:
- New Jersey
- New York
- White Plains NY
- New Rochelle
- Westchester County
Proper irrigation adds life (literally!) and functionality to any yard. If you want that healthy, glossy look for your grass; trees, and plants that are full and plush; irrigation and lawn sprinklers are essential. We work with many of the finest irrigation systems that will accommodate all your residential and commercial needs.
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