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How to Prevent Your Sprinkler System from Burning Up Your Well Pump

When you use a pump to provide water for your home, you have to be careful that your sprinkler system does not overwork your pump. Simply throwing in a sprinkler system without any consideration for your pump will not yield the best results. Instead, you have to carefully choose the nozzles for your sprinkler heads, adjust the setting on your pressure tank, and make sure you have the right diameter of pipe to make sure that your pump runs properly. 

Understand Pipe Diameter and Friction Loss

If the diameter of your sprinkler pipes is too large for the volume of water you have available, you will lose water pressure, and your heads will not shoot as far as they should, nor will the spray escaping from the heads provide proper coverage.

On the other hand, if the diameter is to small, you will lose pressure as the water travels further and further away from the point of origin. Either way, your heads will run longer than they should, which means your pump will run long than it should, which in turn means that it wears out faster.

Choose the Right Sprinkler Nozzles

Sprinkler heads are designed to use a certain number of gallons per hour. If you put large nozzles on a sprinkler zone, your heads will drain your pressure tank faster than your pump can fill it up, and your pump will not be able to keep up. This means you will not get the right coverage no matter how long your pump runs.

If you put small nozzles on a zone, your pump will fill up the tank faster than the heads can use the available water. This means your pump will cycle on and off constantly, which is harder on the pump than running constantly. 

Adjust the Pressure Tank

Sometimes you won't be able to get the exactly right combination of nozzles to keep your pump on for as long as your sprinkler run. In this case, you will need to adjust the settings on your pressure tank until you find a sweet spot that keeps the pump running at a constant speed for an entire sprinkler cycle. 

You should avoid either running your pump too long or allowing your pump to cycle on and off constantly. Instead, you should carefully design your system so that it makes the best use of your pump. This makes the planning and designing process more tricky, but you will get better results in the long run. To learn more about how to do this, talk to experts such as Modern Pump & Equipment.