How Exactly Does An Irrigation System Work?
A typical in-ground sprinkler system delivers water via a network of underground pipes to all areas of a lawn. It consists of multiple control valves, each of which can either stop or start the flow of water to an area of lawn, or zone. Each zone consists of several sprinkler heads attached to buried pipes by risers (short vertical pipes) that are arranged to provide uniform water coverage to the grass in that area. Systems are divided into zones because household water pressure is capable of supplying only a limited number of sprinklers at one time.
There are two types of in-ground irrigation systems, manual and automatic. Crescent Ridge Landscapes uses a fully automated in-ground system that will include a programmable controller that allows you to schedule when and where various portions of your lawn will be watered. A signal from the controller activates a small servo-motor that opens or closes each control valve at the programmed time. Some automatic systems, are equipped with rain sensors that override the controller program and prevent the system from turning on during rainy weather preventing the homeowner from unruly fines due to municipal water regulations.
Whenever we design an irrigation project our goal is to design a system that will be reliable, cost effective and conscious of water conservation. No two systems are alike. Each property has it's own microclimates and unique soil conditions which will determine the design of the system. We recommend using a drip irrigation system for planting, as it is the correct method to deliver water to the root system of the plants. Choosing the correct heads for lawn irrigation is also critical, to achieve complete and efficient coverage. We only install top of the line materials and provide a five year writtten warranty on all new installations.