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How To Properly Water Your Lawn Without Damaging Your Home


When you read that title, we know what you were thinking: “How incompetent do you have to be to mess up watering your lawn?” But sure enough, every year, homeowners file insurance claims involving neglected sprinklers and moldy basements. Sprinkler heads can be fussy contraptions and if you are away from your house all day, unpredictable things can happen to even the most responsible homeowner. If you are away on vacation, the chances that an overactive sprinkler system could destroy your property or basement without you noticing are even higher.

Moldy basements and leaking roofs

If the watering of your lawn isn’t taken care of properly, the most common problems that can occur involve water in your crawl space. During wet seasons, roof water that doesn’t drain properly is a usual suspect for water in your crawl space. But during the summer, homeowners need to protect their basements from extra water that can flood your basement from your lawn.

Basements that are completely underground are particularly vulnerable to this because the water gets trapped there with no way to drain. Water that floods from your lawn can quickly saturate the ground surrounding your basement walls and even cause leaks!

Don’t overwater

The first thing to do to prevent situations like these is to pay careful attention to how much water you are using to water your lawn every day. Getting a professional to come and check out your sprinkler heads is definitely worth the money. Not only do will they set you up for the summer, they should be able to ensure that you are prepared for the next couple of years.

Setting up a timed automation is also a good way to make sure that you are conserving your water and not flooding your lawn. Most homeowners don’t have time to turn on and turn off their sprinklers during the day, so an automation system is a convenient way to limit your water use. A good place to start is that a lawn needs one inch of water per week, while plants need 2 inches of water per week. Just remember: over-watering can be as detrimental to a healthy yard as under-watering.

When the weather gets warm, what kind of home sprinkling system are you using? In addition to our tips, what other ways do you conserve water while still keeping your grass green? Let us know in the comments below.

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