Is Your Sprinkler System a Ticking Time-bomb?

As a proud homeowner in Virginia, you take pride in your beautiful yard. It’s understandable that you would have a sprinkler system to keep your grass green and your flowers blooming. Sprinkler systems are yard magic when they’re working. However, there are some issues that you may not have considered when you got your sprinkler installed. Here are three considerations you should think about if you have a sprinkler system or want to get one installed.

The Stats

When you got your sprinkler system installed, or when you got an estimate on an installation, the installer probably told you that their system was the best and it would last you 15 to 20 years. What they didn’t tell you was that certain parts of the system will only last one to three years. You should also consider the fact that a sprinkler system will significantly raise your water bill. There are a number of reasons people opt for artificial grass, and the much lower water bill is a major one.

Common Causes of Breaking

A sprinkler system has a lot of parts and any one of them could break down. Even if your system just leaks a bit, this could cause the water pressure to drop, rendering the system ineffective. A few of many common problems include:

  • Overspray: The sprinkler wastes water by watering something like a driveway or sidewalk.
  • Broken Head: This can cause water to pool in one spot or cause a geyser-like explosion of water.
  • Tilted Head: Over time, the heads can move as the dirt sinks and settles. This can cause uneven watering of your yard.
  • Broken Pipes: Since they are underground, they’re difficult to see. A broken pipe could cause months or even years of wasted water and a high water bill.


Sprinklers provide a constant source of something that all living things need. Having a constant source of water in your yard can attract squirrels, birds, and even dogs or cats. If you like wildlife or stray animals, this may not be a problem for you. However, if you don’t, you’ll likely have to figure out a way to make your yard less attractive to them.

At the end of the day, your grass, flowers, and shrubs need water. Sprinkler systems are an easy way to water them, but you’ll have to remember that they come with their share of problems. If you can deal with these problems, go for it. If not, you may want to stick with a watering pitcher.

If your sprinklers cause any water damage to your home, contact us to schedule our restoration services!