Irrigation System Design for a Home Lawn

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December 3, 2021

Depending on where you live, keeping your home lawn in great shape can be a difficult task. To help alleviate the stress involved with staying on top of it, installing an irrigation system is a great way to go. 

No two lawns are the same, and when considering an irrigation system, you have to consider things such as the size and shape of the area you’re working with. Vu-Flow filters can not only enhance your home lawn irrigation system but also help lengthen its life expectancy.

According to Home Advisor, the average cost of installing an irrigation system in a home lawn ranges between around $1,700 and $3,500. The amount you pay for a system will depend a lot on the type and quality of parts you use and it’s important to consider that the more you pay initially for a system, the more it will cost to replace its parts if and when the system requires maintenance. With all of this in mind, it’s important to make sure that the system is kept up as well as possible in order for it to run the way it should and also cut down on unnecessary maintenance costs.

Anytime you’re pulling water from an outside source, it’s never going to be completely clean. If you were to do a study on the water being pulled onto your property, particularly if you’re dealing with well water, odds are that you’re going to find sediment. These days we all know about the negative consequences that contaminated drinking water can have on our health. It’s just as important to realize that dirty water can have a negative effect on equipment as well.

The sprinkler heads are one aspect of a home lawn irrigation system that you need to consider regarding sediment. Over time, if you do have a sediment problem and don’t take care of it, the particles will build up in the sprinkler heads, not only causing them to not work at full capacity at the moment but also leading them to wear out a lot sooner than they should. No matter how big your lawn is, your irrigation system will likely have several sprinkler heads. The last thing you want to do is let them build up with sediment and deal with not just having to clean them up but possibly paying the cost of replacing those heads if the buildup gets too bad.

There are many other aspects of a home lawn irrigation system that can and will be affected if the sediment in your water is not addressed. Simply allowing sediment to run through pipes, rubbing against and settling in different spots, can cause problems over time. When you’re paying at least a couple of thousand dollars for a system, you want to make sure you’re doing everything possible to avoid the potential damage that will have an even further impact on your bank account. You not only have to think about the cost of the parts that you may need to replace when things wear out but the time that will go into doing so and the more severe damage that may be done to your lawn in the process.

The implementation of a Vu-Flow screen filter into your system can help prevent these problems from ever arising. A Vu-Flow filter is designed to take sediment out of the water, ultimately preventing it from affecting the different parts of an irrigation system. Placing one of these filters at the start of a home lawn irrigation system will help you lengthen the system’s life by protecting its individual parts.

With a Vu-Flow screen filter, you have your choice of several sizes to pick from. There is a ¾", 1”, 1.5” or 2” depending on the size of PVC that you’ll be connecting into. Depending on what you’re looking to filter, there are a variety of element mesh sizes to choose from. If you’re working with larger sediment, you can pick a coarser option, such as a 24-mesh screen. If you have really small particles, you can choose a size up to a 1,000-mesh. In certain situations, people have implemented a couple of spin-down filters in series to eliminate as much sediment as possible from their water source.

Aside from these filters that will help enhance your home lawn irrigation system, Vu-Flow offers another product that will be helpful and fits right along with whatever your design is. An electric valve can be incorporated to help regulate the flow of the water through your system, which can be very important when implementing a spin-down filter into an irrigation system.

If you’ve been thinking about designing an irrigation system for your home lawn or want to add improvements to one that’s already in place, be sure to consider the options that are offered by Vu-Flow. Feel free to call 1-800-833-5171 where a live customer service representative will be available to offer assistance and answer any questions you may have.

Source Notes: Information in this article regarding the cost of a home lawn irrigation system came from Home Advisor.