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.

Reason #1 – Drip Irrigation for 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.

Next Page: Reason #2 – Less Water Waste

Kristina Gautreaux6 Reasons Why Drip Irrigation Pays For Itself

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  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.

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      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!

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      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!

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      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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