Not every sprinkler systems is equal. Many factors go into choosing the sprinkler systems in people’s homes. This includes the size of the lawn and the type of landscape. If you are looking to install or update your sprinkler system, then this article is for you.
Types of Sprinkler Systems
For private residential homes, four primary sprinkler systems are widely available. Those systems are as follows:
- Traditional Spray Systems
- Drip Systems
- Soaker Hoses
- Rotor Systems
Traditional Spray System
If you think back to your childhood in the summer of Florida and remember playing on your lawn when you heard the faint hiss of water about to start up only to see sprinkler heads pop up out of the ground, then you are most likely thinking of the traditional spray system. A traditional spray system uses a sprinkler head that pops out of the ground. Then, it sprays the surrounding area in a circular, half-circular, or quarter-circular area. These systems were known for covering a wide area of lawn in a short amount of time. They are not necessarily the most efficient systems. This is largely due to the fact that the lawn roots cannot absorb all the water. As a result of this inefficiency, traditional spray systems are no longer as popular as they used to be.
The drip system is the most efficient system currently available. The drip system utilizes hoses or tubing that runs along the ground which provides small droplets of waters directly at the root level of the landscape. Since the water is released in small quantities over a period of time, the ground and plants have a greater chance of absorbing the water. Since the water is not sprayed into the air, this system is a great choice for property located in windy areas. A negative aspect of this system is that since the hose or tubes are at ground level, it can cause a safety hazard of having people trip over them and it may not blend into the landscape.
Soaker hoses are a type of irrigation system many homeowners rely on, even though it is not technically a sprinkler system. They are moveable hoses that can be placed throughout the lawn. The water is emitted through the length of the hose and not just the opening. A soaker hose is common for the landscape that has dense vegetation such as trees or bushes that other sprinkler systems are ineffective in irrigating.
A rotor system is essentially a hybrid system between a traditional spray system and a drip system. Until recently, rotor systems were only available for very large lawns. Rotor systems are similar to drip systems in that they release water at a slower rate, therefore giving the plants and ground an opportunity to absorb the water. Rotor systems also have a spray component that allows the water to irrigate over distance as well.
If you are ready to install a sprinkler system on your property, contact us at Accurate Drilling and we will send one of our trained professionals to your home to give you a free consultation.