How Long Do Irrigation Systems Typically Last?

When installing new irrigation systems or performing maintenance on existing ones, customers will commonly ask, “how long do irrigation systems typically last?” This question is often met with a long answer with factors that determine the number of years that a system might last. Our JB Lawn Sprinklers Technicians decided to explain the factors that go into determining the longevity of an irrigation system. If you have not read any previous content by JB Lawn Sprinklers, we’re an irrigation, drainage, and landscaping lighting services based company out of Wilmington, NC. 

What Factors Determine the Longevity of My Irrigation System?


After all, this is potentially the big unknown of your irrigation system if you moved into a home with an existing irrigation system. The craftmanship and knowledge of the company who installed your system will go a long way to determining the longevity of your system. If the company knew how to properly pipe, plumb, and design, your system there is a good chance you can expect to receive the 15-20 years that systems commonly enjoy. For instance, JB Lawn Sprinklers employs multiple members that have earned certifications through the Irrigation Association for design, installation, and maintenance. Now that being said, every system has factors that are beyond craftmanship. A few of those additional factors are listed below.

Routine Maintenance

Just like homes, vehicles, and any other possession you can think of, performing regular maintenance on your irrigation system helps to prolong the life of your system. For instance, JB Lawn Sprinklers regularly perform scheduled quarterly, biannual, and annual maintenance for irrigation system owners. This allows our Irrigation Technicians to lay eyes on the system multiple times a year to make repairs as something breaks or even before a potential issue arises.

Proximity to Trees and Growing Roots

Anything that can infringe on the system like trees and their roots can become problematic for irrigation systems. While sprinkler heads, tubing, and other parts of the irrigation system that are near the surface are important, roots and other debris below the surface can do costly damage to pipes. This damage to older systems can be to the extent that a new system is required.

How do I know when to upgrade my irrigation system?

For many homeowners, the answer to this question varies depending on the situation. Many homeowners saw signs that made them decide to install a new irrigation system. For example, if you’re spending thousands of dollars on upkeep annually to keep the system going, a new system might save you more money in the long run. The sprinkler heads might not be popping up out of the ground anymore. It could be that the system’s valve diaphragms are no longer operational. If one of more zones have cracks in the piping, this could be limiting your efficiency. And finally, your irrigation controller is outdated. It’s amazing how far technology has come and irrigation controllers are now available that sync directly with your phone through an app, making it seamless to schedule and plan irrigation cycles.

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How to Contact JB Lawn Sprinklers with Questions

If you’re curious about the status of your existing system, our Irrigation Technicians are skilled at diagnosing irrigation systems. If you would like to receive a free consultation for a new irrigation installation, our JB Lawn Sprinklers Irrigation Technicians are available to be scheduled. If you would like to speak to our office, you can reach us by phone at 910-794-8042 or by website at our ‘Contact Us’ page.