Do I Need an Industrial or Residential System?
One of the most common questions people have when getting irrigation systems installed for their homes is whether they need an industrial or residential system in order to keep their grass healthy. While it might seem pretty self-explanatory, the issue becomes a bit more complicated when dealing with communities like the East End of Long Island, where the property sizes become significantly larger.
There are two core questions to ask yourself before you decide.
– Is my property big enough that I think I feel I could never water it manually?
– Is my property big enough that it requires more automated maintenance?
If you answered “yes” to one or both of those questions, it might be time to consider applying an industrial irrigation system for your watering needs.
An industrial irrigation system is designed to water a sizeable area of land– while this is often designed for schools, businesses and multiple-family complexes, it can also be used for homes with large yards, usually five or more acres worth of property.
Since there’s more area to cover, the sprinklers are going to require larger heads and the size of the pipes needed is also going to increase. While the surface differences aren’t massive, there are changes in the timing and quantity of the actual watering that make the two systems stand apart from one another.
The biggest difference between the two is that industrial systems are going to have zoning options. While most residential sprinkler systems are only going to allow you to apply a consistent stream of water throughout your property, industrial systems allow you to pick how much water is going to go to certain groups of sprinkler heads for a specific amount of time or water.
Since the amount of overwatering is then limited, you end up saving significantly on your water bill (it’s good for the environment too).
And if your property is too large, where it needs attention while nobody is there (nights, weekends, off-season periods), industrial systems can also be programmed to operate without somebody physically there to turn on the sprinklers.
The point isn’t that one system is better than the other one. The main takeaway here is that for larger properties, an industrial irrigation system can often be more efficient, and do things that a standard residential system is simply under-equipped to perform.
And no matter what type of irrigation system is ideal for your property, make sure to get it installed by experienced professionals with a regular maintenance plan to keep your lawn green for as long as possible with minimal effort.