6 Reasons Why Drip Irrigation Pays For Itself

Farmers have been using drip watering systems, also known as trickle irrigation or micro-irrigation, for harvesting crops since the late 1800’s.

Today drip irrigation systems are commonly used to offset the challenges of problematic soil by providing precise and efficient irrigation. There are major advantages to installing dripline, especially if you live in North Texas. Keep reading for the top six reasons why drip irrigation basically pays for itself.

Drip Diagram

The image above outlines the basic components of a drip irrigation system in Dallas Fort Worth.

6 Reasons Why Drip Irrigation Pays for Itself

  1. Foundation Preservation: If you own a home in the Dallas Fort Worth area of Texas, proper foundation preservation through well-designed irrigation is essential to protecting your investment. In north Texas, expansive clay soil is easily one of the most common causes of structural distress. As the seasons change, expansive clay soil shrinks and swells in volume. That is why so many homes in Dallas and the surrounding areas have foundation problems! The constant fluctuations damage the foundation, and can leave homeowners with ghastly repair bills for both the interior of the home and the foundation. The best way to protect yourself from foundation damage is through the professional installation of a foundation watering system BEFORE damage occurs. A foundation watering dripline installed along the perimeter of your slab promotes moisture balance and protects your home from shrinking and swelling that could damage your foundation and lead to expensive repairs.
  2. Less Waste: About 30-40% of water emitted through a traditional sprinkler head is eliminated through evaporation. In Texas, the amount of water waste is typically higher during the scorching hot summer months, or on windy days. A properly installed drip system ensures that more than 90% of the water applied is deposited directly into the soil, eliminating waste and saving you money on your water bill.
  3. One Less Thing to Clean: By avoiding the overspray from above-ground sprinkler systems, a dripline eliminates muddy pathways throughout your yard after watering. Heck, it may even add a few more years to the life of your carpet thanks to fewer muddy feet trampling through high-traffic zones.
  4. Erosion Prevention: A drip line slowly releases water into the soil and directly to the roots of plants. As such, there is no runoff on the surface of the soil. Homeowners with drip systems avoid the erosion caused by sprinkler heads, keeping their mulch in place and reducing the overall cost of upkeep.
  5. Healthy, Beautiful Plants: Not only does a drip system ensure proper moisture levels in your soil, it lowers the chance of plants affected by disease. Most sprinkler heads deposit water onto a plant’s leaves. Thus, moisture can hang around your plants too long and create a breeding ground for mold, plant disease, or sun burn spots. If you have ever spent hundreds on landscaping only to have your plants wiped out by root rot, then you understand why this process of water application is genius.
  6. Protect Your Curb Appeal: Its not just the plants that are getting drenched. A sprinkler system constantly applies water to everything in its path including; wood siding, fence panels, planter boxes, shutters, etc.

Water + Wood = Rotting = Repairs $$

In conclusion, drip irrigation is a wonderful, efficient technique to conserve water, maintain beautiful landscaping and prevent damage to your home and its foundation.

Call Lee Engineering for a foundation drip irrigation system customized for your home’s specific needs. (817) 277-6022



Zane Woodson6 Reasons Why Drip Irrigation Pays For Itself

Comments 11

  1. LNWeaver

    I didn’t know that a dripline promotes moisture balance. I guess the earth wants to have a certain amount of water in it. I’m moving to the mid west; would this system work well in a dry/desert climate.

    1. Kristina Gautreaux

      Yes, this system is ideal for dry climates. Applying moisture several inches below the soil protects water from evaporating before reaching a plant’s roots.

  2. Deb Pearl

    That is really nice that a dripline irrigation system helps protect your home from shrinking and swelling that could damage your foundation. My husband and I have been thinking about getting a sprinkler system for our home, but we didn’t know what to get. I’m glad that a dripline irrigation system would be a good option. Thanks for the information!

    1. Kristina Gautreaux

      Deb, thanks for your feedback. Drip irrigation really is great for a number of reasons. Obviously, we all want to save money and maintain a beautiful yard, but the greatest benefit here is water conservation and foundation preservation. If you decide to have a system customized, make sure that you emphasize your interest in foundation preservation. They should design a drip line around the perimeter of your home. Of course, if you are in the DFW metroplex, LEE ENGINEERING is here to help!

  3. Amy Winters

    Thanks for pointing out that drip irrigation systems will have less water wasted by evaporation. My husband and I are looking to have a water distribution system put in our yard, so I’ve been doing some research into the benefits of each system. I’m glad to hear that drip irrigation wastes less water – that seems like it would contribute to both lower costs and a healthier yard!

    1. Kristina Gautreaux

      Amy, drip systems are great for the landscaping! In Texas, drip systems are also not required to follow local water restrictions. If you are looking to install a new irrigation system, now is the best time to include extra zones for drip irrigation. It will save you money to have the zones ready, even if you wait until later to connect them to the drip line.

  4. Derek Dewitt

    My wife and I are thinking about starting a garden next year, so a drip irrigation system would be ideal for this. I like your point about how it can help eliminate 30-40% of water waste. We’ll definitely look into this more so we don’t spend as much money watering the garden.

  5. Tim Yaotome

    Wow! I never knew that getting a drip irrigation system installed can reduce water waste in the garden while saving money on the electric bill. In my opinion, I would also hire a trenching contractor to have it installed too. Doing this will help keep all the components firmly on the garden soil.

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