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Here in Texas, water is a precious commodity, and wasting it is bad for business. You need your irrigation system to be working at its most efficient. This requires updating and repairing your irrigation system sometimes. How can you tell it might be time for an upgrade?

Is It Time To Repair Your Irrigation System?

Bare SpotsSome types of irrigation miss patches of lawn, which shows up on commercial landscapes as spotty coloring. These brown areas look unprofessional, and they could indicate that a particular water outlet is blocked. It may be that you have changed the landscape in a way that puts plants in front of spigots, or that your particular system has a blind spot. Either way, they are a sign that you need to talk to your landscaper.

Some types of irrigation miss patches of lawn, which shows up on commercial landscapes as spotty coloring. These brown areas look unprofessional, and they could indicate that a particular water outlet is blocked. It may be that you have changed the landscape in a way that puts plants in front of spigots, or that your particular system has a blind spot. Either way, they are a sign that you need to talk to your landscaper.

Wet Spots

Irrigation systems can also overwater some areas. The soggy patches invite bugs and root rot besides showing water wastage. It’s possible that a pipe broke near the swampy area and is leaking directly in to the ground. A spot that is wet long after it has rained could also be at a lower level than the rest of the area, leading water to collect there. You can put in more efficient drainage to prevent this.

Water Meter Spikes

If your meter is suddenly registering more water usage and your water bill is higher than usual, a pipe is draining your hard-earned water somewhere. This can be the first sign that something is wrong if your grounds drain well.

If your meter is suddenly registering more water usage and your water bill is higher than usual, a pipe is draining your hard-earned water somewhere. This can be the first sign that something is wrong if your grounds drain well.

Tunneling

When water overflows its designated area, it pushes dirt out of its path. This shapes the grounds around it. It will create holes under drains and canyons heading to lower ground. This could be a sign that it is time to update your irrigation system in general, as it will show you exactly where the extra water is going.

A broken pipe can also push dirt or mulch into a fan pattern on the sidewalk in front of your establishment. Your employees may complain about having to sweep up after watering.

Low-Water Pressure

Your irrigation system should produce water at the same rate everywhere. If you turn on your watering system and notice that one sprinkler head is not shooting water as far as the others, then you could have a leak in the pipes nearest that point.

Fortunately, Metro Lawn Care has 34 years of experience in fixing up and updating commercial irrigation systems, so please contact us if you think you see your landscape suffering.