Everybody loves water pressure if you’re getting the slip n’ slide ready for the kiddos or hopping in the shower after a long day. The novelty starts to wear off when it comes to your irrigation system.
Over time, high water pressure can damage the core components of your irrigation system, and the resulting deterioration can be costly. We’ve seen firsthand many examples of high water pressure causing extensive damage to the irrigation system even when the pressure is within the specified range of the component rating.
Common damage due to poor pressure regulation include:
- Breaks in the lines
- Backflow leaks
- Broken sprinkler heads
- Uneven distribution of water
Although the components of an irrigation system may be rated for much higher pressures, the sprinkler heads are designed to operate “best” at lower pressures.
This means the even distribution of water is greatly improved when the pressure pushing the water through the nozzle is within a certain range. We’ve seen firsthand many examples of high water pressure causing extensive damage to the irrigation system.
What’s a Pressure Reducer?
Irrigation systems are designed to sustain water pressure from 65 to 75 psi. For any pressure above 100 psi, we recommend enlisting the help of a pressure reducer. Pressure reducers, commonly referred to as pressure regulators or pressure reducing valves, help reduce incoming water pressure to a rate that is manageable for your irrigation system.
Our irrigation technicians can check the water pressure with a pressure gauge at the backflow and install a pressure reducer if needed. We’ll make your existing irrigation system run as efficiently as possible.
Common Signs of High Water Pressure
Leaks in piping, valves or backflow
Fog of water rising above the sprinkler head when in operation
Poor distribution of water-Poor coverage
Increased water use