Complimentary Sprinkler System Efficiency Evaluation

We now offer a complimentary water efficiency evaluation for your sprinkler system. By simply giving us a call we can schedule someone to come to your home and meet with you about the different points of your system that are not working as efficiently as they should be. Below is a checklist that you can use to perform your own evaluation as well. If you have any questions or would like us to send one of our trained technicians to your home for a complementary evaluation please don't hesitate to give us a call at 847-433-6301.

 

Efficiency Checklist

 

Timer

 

      Are the lawn zones and the bed zones on separate programs in the timer?

The lawn zones of a sprinkler system should run approximately 3 times per week for 20 minutes. The bed or garden zones of a system should run every day for a shorter period of time, approximately 15 minutes.

 

      Is there a rain sensor or solar-sync sensor controlling the system?

A rain sensor turns the system off in the event of a sufficient rain-fall. A solar-sync can actually substantially lower your water usage and can make your landscape grow both stronger and more efficiently.

 

      Does the system operate at the proper time of day?

The best time to water is between 1am and 3am in the morning. The system should be finished running its program approximately 1 hour before sunrise to prevent evaporation.

 

System

 

      Does your sprinkler system have a master valve?

Most newer systems come installed with a master valve.  This valve prevents any leaks in the main line while the system is turned off. In the case that your system does not have a master valve you could have a continuous leak in your main line.

 

      Does your water meter run continuously?

The easiest way to check for a leak is to turn off any fixture or appliance in your home that uses water. Then go to the location of your water meter and check to see if the dial is still turning. If your water meter is still moving then you may have a leak in a system of your home. 

 

      Does the system have a pump and is it operating properly?

If you have a pump installed on your system make sure that it operates when you manually run the system. If it is operating try shutting it off with the system running. If there is not a great noticeable difference in pressure the pump may be worn and in need of repair.

 

Heads, Adjustment, and Low Volume

 

      What style of nozzles are being used?

Most standard nozzles have a fixed radius that is stamped on the top of the nozzle. Some nozzles may say VAN or variable. Theses nozzles consume more water and are less efficient than a standard nozzle. Furthermore in lower pressure applications for better coverage and efficiency, rotator nozzles can be installed. These nozzles emit streams of water to reduce evaporation and misting.

           

     What style heads are used?

Older systems utilize impact heads to cover larger areas. These heads consume both water and pressure to operate. By changing these to rotors you can increase the efficiency of your system and create a more even spray pattern.

 

     Are the heads adjusted properly?

When the system is running, the spray from heads closest to streets, patios, or walkways should not hit more than a foot or two into those areas. By adjusting these heads you can apply more water to the areas that need it.

 

    Are you utilizing low volume irrigation?

Low volume irrigation such as drip lines and micro sprays are far more efficient than  conventional sprays and rotors. These can both increase the efficiency of your system and make plants grow stronger and richer.

 

 

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