Spruce Up Your Sprinkler System and Save

Tips and Fixes

Running through the sprinklers

Yes, summer…it’s oh, so close, and kids are counting the days until they can dash freely outside to enjoy one of this coming season’s favorite pastimes: running through the sprinklers! So, in order to stay on top of the “best parents of the year” nominee list, we (and when I say we, I’m including us parents of 4-legged kids) should make sure our irrigation systems are in tip-top working order.

The added benefits will also include saving money and potentially wasted water via leaky pipes, hoses or broken sprinkler heads. I was recently contacted by the EPA who offered some fabulous tips and facts that should make this preemptive estival chore a breeze.

Broken sprinkler head

Broken sprinkler head. source: allianceforwaterefficiency.org


Check your system for clogged, broken, or missing sprinkler heads. If you’re not the do-it-yourself type, go with a pro—look for an irrigation professional certified through a WaterSense labeled irrigation program.


Sprinkler+flood. source: sprinklerjuice.com


Examine points where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes/hoses. If water is pooling in your landscape or you have large wet areas, you could have a leak in your system.  A leak as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen (1/32nd of an inch) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month!

Don't sprinkle the sidewalk

Don’t sprinkle the sidewalk. source: moderncomfortblog.com


Are you watering the driveway, house, or sidewalk instead of your yard? Redirect sprinklers to apply water only to your lawn or prized plants.

Sprinkler controller

Sprinkler controller. source: epa.gov


An improperly scheduled irrigation controller can waste a lot of water and money. Update your system’s schedule with the seasons, or select a WaterSense labeled controller to take the guesswork out of scheduling.

Have any tips on how to upkeep your sprinkler system? Share your ideas below!

Top/featured image via raising-humans.com

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Written By Skaie Knox

Skaie Knox is a storyteller on a quest to provide sparkling content through copywriting, songwriting and video production. She is founder of HomeJelly, Ruggable.com's key copywriter, a published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). For doable DIY video tutorials, subscribe to her HomeJelly YouTube channel (for link, click on my nose!).