Pros & Cons of Irrigation & Drainage Systems

Are you looking to enhance your yard, increase convenience, and improve lawn health? Yard irrigation and drainage systems are a popular option for homeowners seeking an easy and seamless way to take care of their yards. In this article, we will share the most common pros and cons of yard irrigation and drainage systems.

Pro: Time Savings

One of the biggest benefits of adding an irrigation and drainage system to your yard is time savings. Whether you have a small or large backyard, it requires a lot of time and effort to keep your landscape looking attractive and healthy. With an irrigation and drainage system, homeowners can enjoy the convenience of having their yard well maintained on a programmed schedule that fits their needs. 

Pro: Environmentally Friendly

The benefits of irrigation and drainage systems don’t stop at convenience. These yard enhancements are also environmentally friendly, helping to prevent water waste, protect against soil erosion, and reduce standing water. If you struggle with standing water after heavy rainfall, you may want to invest in a drainage system to help prevent flooding and protect your property from water damage. Drainage systems can also effectively prevent mosquitos and other insects that are attracted to standing water. 

Pro: Lawn Health 

In addition to being convenient and eco-friendly, irrigation and drainage systems also promote good lawn health. Irrigation systems provide consistent watering to grass and surrounding plants, which contributes to the overall health and eye appeal of your lawn. But lawn health is much more than ensuring it receives enough water. Lawns also need a way to drain excess water away to prevent flooding and standing water. Drainage systems also promote lawn health, and can provide increased safety in areas that are prone to flooding. 

Con: Cost

Like all home improvement projects, irrigation and drainage systems come with a cost. The price can vary depending on the size and complexity of your project, but homeowners can expect to make an investment in irrigation and drainage systems. While these yard enhancements come with an up-front cost, homeowners can enjoy the benefits of having a good irrigation and drainage system for years to come. Contact us to get a quote on our EZflow drainage system and discover how it can help improve your yard. 

Con: Maintenance

Irrigation and drainage systems require regular maintenance to ensure they are working optimally. The good news is that most of the required maintenance is preventative and can be easily completed by the homeowner. For irrigation systems, we recommend that homeowners check the sprinkler heads to ensure they haven’t become clogged or damaged. For drainage systems, we recommend that homeowners check for any debris that could be blocking the drainage pipes and clean the catch basins every so often. By practicing these simple maintenance techniques, you can ensure your systems continue to function properly.  

Con: Pest Damage

Because irrigation and drainage systems are outside and largely underground, they can be susceptible to pest damage from rodents and insects. Nobody likes dealing with the inconvenience of pest damage, but there are a few ways you can prevent it, such as blocking pipe entrances with screens or filters, having an effective pest management strategy, and keeping the surrounding areas free of debris that could be used as hiding places for pests. If you suspect your irrigation or drainage system has endured pest damage, it is always best to have a professional inspect the area and repair any damage to ensure the systems are safe to continue using. 

At Bianchi Brickyard, we have a variety of irrigation supplies and yard drainage systems. Contact us today to learn how we can help improve the health and appearance of your yard!