The 11 Parts Of An Irrigation System You’ll Want To Know

These Are What Make Up The Irrigation Systems Clients In Hancock County, Lucas County, And Wood County, Ohio Have Us Install For Them

Sprinkler in action watering grass

Knowing the parts of an irrigation system is a smart move. You can use it to better use or even find upgrades for your system.

In this post, you’ll find the main components of an irrigation system. You can also discover add-ons for them.

I Wonder How It Works

“If we’re getting an irrigation system, we should know about it,” says James.

Sarah sighs. “Don’t we just need to know that it works? I just don’t see how knowing irrigation system components will be helpful.”

“I guess I’m just curious then,” says James as he takes his phone from his pocket. “Knowing how things work is fun for me. I already looked up how irrigation systems work. Now I’m going to Google irrigation system parts and see what they are.”

Sarah lets out a loving chuckle. “Whatever makes you happy, hon. If you find out anything interesting let me know!” James nods and gets to searching.

Here’s what he discovers:

Parts Of An Irrigation System

  1. Water source. This can be your local water supply, well, pump, or another source. Without this you can’t have a sprinkler system.
  2. Valve box. This is the underground part of the irrigation system. It has a green lid on it, which you’ve probably seen before. It’s the home and protector of the valves that control the system.
  3. Control valves. These control the flow of water through the system. There are several that each operate different areas of your yard. They’re hooked up to the valve box and a timer.
  4. Timer. This is what tells the valves when to open or close, which means it controls the flow of water.
  5. Master Valve.  This component of an irrigation system triggers when a problem happens to your system to stop water from being wasted if a control valve malfunctions.
  6. Shut-off valve. This component of an irrigation system is located in an area safe from freezing temperatures. It isolates the irrigation from the home or business to allow for winterization.
  7. Water pump. This is what moves the water from the source to the sprinklers. It makes sure the water pressure is at the correct level.
  8. Water meter. This measures the amount of water used in each zone of your yard. This may be part of your water utility setup. If this is the case, you could see charges for water usage and water sewage treatment.
  9. Backflow preventer. This keeps the water from making its way into your drinking water. Backflow happens when the pressure in your system is higher than the supply. Backflow preventers stop this from happening.
  10. Sprinkler heads. These are what the water comes out of. There are several types of sprinklers. Each one works best for different plants and areas.
  11. Pipes and risers. Horizontal pipes carry the water from the source to the risers, which lead to the sprinkler heads.

Add-On Parts For Irrigation Systems

A few irrigation parts you can add to your system are weather sensors, sprinkler head filters, a backup battery, underground fertilizer, and remote control.

Flow Meter. This is a component, installed on premium systems with a smart controller, that measures the amount of water each section of the lawn is using.  It sends this information to a smart controller which determines if a portion of your system is experiencing an issue that requires service. 

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“These add-ons are pretty interesting,” says James, handing the phone to Sarah. “They do indeed!” she says. “Hey, let’s check out the other posts on here. They might have some useful information we need to know.”