HOW TO PREVENT IRRIGATION GEYSERS FROM HITTING YOUR SOFFITS

Imagine coming home to an irrigation geyser that’s been shooting up into your soffit all day long. The damage, the repair expense, the flooded plant material below — you could have avoided it all by adding inexpensive pressure reducers to your irrigation system. To keep a situation like this from dampening your day again, ArtisTree Landscape offers key reasons why you should make improvements sooner than later.

First, pressure reducers do just what their name suggests. They decrease water pressure. That way, if a pipe is broken or inadvertently cracked, the water is much less likely to cause damage because it’s not spurting out as hard. Goodbye, soggy soffits.

Second, pressure reducers (also called pressure regulators) can help improve the overall efficiency of your water usage — up to 20-30%. By regulating pressure correctly, your system’s components will work much more efficiently and last up to 10 times longer.

Now before you start worrying how much all this is going to cost, let us sprinkle in some even better news. A pressure reducer is inexpensive to install. For a minimal cost, you can add years of protection to your home and landscape investment. While there are different types of reducers available that can be placed at different locations, we’re referring to the ones that reduce water pressure at the sprinkler-head nozzle itself. Rotor-type sprinklers seldom need pressure reducers and aren’t typically available for them anyway.

Last but not least, familiarize yourself with your local code requirements. In many geographical areas, pressure reducers are mandatory, particularly in neighborhoods that are more than 10 years old (they are an excellent way to convert older “stand pipe” type heads to help eliminate the possibility of costly water damage). But even if you live in a newer community, you would still be wise to have them installed. Review your three major benefits again: cost-savings, damage control and improved water-usage efficiency. Just goes to show that we’re not all wet — and neither should you be. Ask your landscape-maintenance provider for assistance and use your water wisely. For more tips during Smart Irrigation Month (July), visit Irrigation.org.

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