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Tales from the irrigation inspection crypt: buried sprinkler heads waste gallons of fresh water while leaving your lawn brown

“I don’t need an inspection of my irrigation system, it’s working just fine.”

Are you sure? With your Twin Cities sprinkler system being completely buried under ground would you know if you were having a problem? There are so many variables to running an efficient irrigation system from current weather, to what happened over the winter and who has been doing work in your yard lately. It is vital that you have a regular inspection to find anything that could be unseen underground wreaking havoc on your lawn, garden and your water bill. With Conserva Irrigation of the Twin Cities an inspection is completely free, so you have nothing to lose.

planting_a_tree_twin_citiesWhat you don’t know, can hurt you

Your system appears to be working fine. You don’t see any broken sprinkler heads above ground, so everything is great, right? Maybe not. Instead of telling you what could happen, let us tell you about hidden problems we have seen in the hundreds of free inspections we’ve done.

Underground lines are cut

Whenever your landscaping is changed by you or anyone else you should have us do a free 12-point inspection. We’ve found lines cut and leaking underground from a customer planting a tree nearby. This can cause high long term water costs as it may be impossible to detect with a naked eye. We’ve also discovered breaks in lines occurring from winter conditions beyond anyone’s control. The natural shift in the land from the freeze/thaw effect can and does affect your irrigation. Do you have any burrowing rodents? A mouse or ground hog can dig around causing sinking around lines that lead to breaks and cracks and leaky lines.

Night time watering can lead to unnoticed issues

night_irrigation_minneapolisLocal homeowners who run their sprinkler system at night (and they should) were unaware of an issue with their system until it had been going on for a long time. They noticed some brown spots in their lawn and were unsure of what could possibly be happening. When we did our free 12-point inspection we were able to identify that the 3 zones in that area of his yard were not working at all, find the reason why they were not working and fix them. If you’re system runs when you are not home or asleep, there could be any number of issue or inefficiencies that you are unable to observe.

The destruction, covering or burying of sprinkler heads

We recently went out for a free 12-point inspection and discovered that a sprinkler head had been concreted into a new fence post. When work is done on your property things like this can happen. We’ve seen fences put up with sprinkler heads ending up on the outside of the fence. We’ve seen patios and sheds placed right over sprinkler heads. Just the other day we found a sprinkler head buried in asphalt from a driveway expansion.

Natural maturation of landscape requires adjustments

mature_landscapes_need_water_too_Conserva_MinneapolisThink about the natural changes in your landscape. Did a once small bush spread out across the entire length of your fence over the past few years? Is part of that bush not getting the water it needs? Did a small tree grow very large? That now large tree has large spreading roots that can easily disrupt your irrigation system. Maybe you’ve added some more trees, bushes and perennials since your installation? We can retrofit and add micro irrigation to make sure your new plants and now matured plants are getting the amount of hydration they need.

With our free 12-point evaluation you can at the very least have the peace of mind knowing that there are no issues with your system. We’ll provide you with a System Efficiency Score from 1-100 along with a flat-rate quote for any repairs, so you will know right away just what it will cost with no hidden surprises later. While there might be nothing wrong with your system, you may learn about some new technologies that could be added to save you water and money. Most people over-water by 50%. By adding new technology you can reduce your water bill by 40-60% allowing you to irrigate responsibly and more affordably.

Russ Jundt Conserva Irrigation Co-Founder

Russ Jundt
Conserva Irrigation Co-Founder

At Conserva Irrigation, we want every irrigation system to be working at peak efficiency. Contact us to install your new Minneapolis irrigation system or to schedule your FREE INSPECTION on your existing system. Give us a ring at (763) 434-5414, email us at twincities@conservairrigation.com or visit our website at www.conservairrigation.com. We look forward to hearing from you and helping make your irrigation system an efficient water conservation system.

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Green system. Green lawn. Green in your pocket. Can your Minneapolis irrigation system do that?

water conservation Minneapolis sprinklers lrIt’s odd to look at a water distribution system from a water conservation perspective. But we’ve done this on the inside of our homes. We look at our toilets, faucets and shower heads. They are designed to use water. We conscientiously think about making those more efficient to be environmentally friendly. We are willing to invest in low-flow toilets and shower heads, are happy to turn off the faucet while we’re brushing. Being conscientious about the environment is admirable and beneficial.

The reality is that, while this helps, it pales in comparison to the benefits of water conservation on the water used outside our homes. Here’s an example. Throughout the country, the price of water varies dramatically. Here in the Twin Cities the same holds true, with some cities charging as little at $1.90 per 1000 gallons – all the way up to over $13 per 1000 gallons. On average, we use about 100 gallons/day our homes for all our water use which includes running the kitchen sink, showers, and toilets.

Compared to that 100 gallons/day of water usage inside our homes, a 7-zone irrigation system uses about 2500 gallons of water to go around the yard just once. Assuming a $3.80/1000 gallons, that equates to about $9.50/day for a system that only waters once/day. You’re easily getting upward of $20/day for a 15-zone system which is common on 1/2 acre lots or a 7-zone system that goes off twice/day. This translates to $35 – $150/week on the low side. Imagine what you could purchase for $35 – $150/week if you weren’t spending that money on your irrigation system.

What if you didn’t need to turn off your irrigation system to dramatically reduce the water used in your system? What if you could reduce your system’s water use by 40-60%? You could have a “greener system”, a greener lawn, and would save quite a bit of green.

Conserva Irrigation – Twin Cities was founded on this concept. We value environmental responsibility. We provide that with innovative water conserving irrigation techniques using our Conserva system and top-of-the-line Toro® components. We do this in a professional manner by having highly trained and qualified Conserva Irrigation professionals work on your irrigation system.

Russ Jundt Conserva Irrigation Co-Founder

Russ Jundt
Conserva Irrigation Co-Founder

To schedule your FREE INSPECTION in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul community, we welcome your call. Give us a ring at (763) 434-5414, email us at twincities@conservairrigation.com or visit our website at www.conservairrigation.com. We look forward to hearing from you and helping make your irrigation system an efficient water conservation system.