How to Know If It’s Time to Upgrade Your Sprinkler System

Friday, December 14, 2018
If you’ve had your lawn sprinkler for many years, it may be showing some wear and tear. You regularly maintain your system, but you may be starting to replace parts on a regular basis.


Conversely, you may want to upgrade your system with a Bluetooth controller or a rain/freeze sensor. Whatever the reason, you’re ready to improve your system to work more efficiently and save you money.

Recalibrating Your Sprinkler System
Driplines, bubblers and lawn sprinklers can all be upgraded with different technologies to save water, comply with city water ordinances, or to fix chronic sprinkler problems.

Generally speaking, residential lawn sprinklers can last anywhere between 20 to 25 years depending on how well your system was installed and maintained.

Your sprinklers’ longevity also depends on where you live. For example, your lawn sprinkler gets used on a regular basis in Florida or Nevada compared to a water sprinkler system in Pennsylvania or Minnesota.

Homeowners in warmer climates use their sprinklers throughout the year while homeowners in colder climates use their sprinklers for six to eight months per year.

Plus, your irrigation system’s longevity will depend on how well you maintained your system throughout the years.

For example, if you check sprinkler and rotary heads monthly as well as clean them out, they will last longer compared to a system that isn’t maintained at all.

Additionally, homeowners living in colder areas of the US need to have their systems blown out before winter. And then, their water sprinklers need to be inspected by a professional before turning the water on again in mid-spring.

Here are six additional reasons why you need to upgrade your irrigation system:

1.  Your older sprinklers stopped working correctly. The sprinkler heads won’t pop up as high or even pop up at all, or they’re not watering as efficiently as they did in the beginning.

2.  You need to replace your sprinkler valves because they won’t open or close. You can upgrade your current valve system with a new flow control or pressure regulation parts.

3.  Your system’s diaphragms aren’t working anymore because they’ve dried out or cracked.

4.  The solenoids are no longer working because they’re past their prime.

5.  If your sprinkler system was poorly installed, problems in wiring or waterproofing weren’t done. Construction can also damage underground wiring.

6.  It’s time to upgrade your older controller to one that’s connected with your smartphone, allowing you to control your sprinkler system any time during the day or night.

There will come a time, though, where you won’t be able to find replacement parts for your sprinkler system because they’re no longer manufactured. Technology changes everything, and not all older systems are able to be upgraded.

Upgrading Your K-Rain Sprinklers
At K-Rain, our designers are always improving the water efficiency and technological advancement of our lawn and garden sprinklers. If a sprinkler or rotary head breaks, you can find replacement parts at our online store.

Here are 10 accessories and replacement parts you’ll find at K-Rain:
  • Single station controller parts
  • Nozzle racks
  • Adjustment tools
  • Rotor accessories and parts
  • Spray accessories
  • Valve accessories
  • Pro EX 2.0 accessories
  • Prosport® replacement nozzles
  • 4000 series indexing valves and parts
  • 6000 series indexing valve parts.

You can also find K-Rain replacement parts at The Home Depot and Lowes.

Stay in the know regarding new and upgraded K-Rain parts by subscribing to our newsletter and regularly reading our blogs.  We post updates on our products every few months.

You can upgrade your K-Rain Sprinkler System on your own if you’re technologically savvy. However, if you’re busy and don’t want to bother with your sprinkler system, you can hire a contractor to upgrade it for you.

If you have questions about upgrading or replacing parts, contact our customer support today at 800-735-7246 or visit our online customer support.

Vinchesi, Brian, “Determining the Time for an Irrigation System Upgrade.”