sprinkler system in the Tampa

Ever wondered what the life expectancy of sprinkler systems are? Then we are about to dive right in!


Whatever the form of irrigation you are looking at, designing and installing a sprinkler system is a necessity. Whether industrial, residential or otherwise, the sprinkler system is a fundamental part of the overall irrigation process. It is in light of this that it must be properly maintained and kept in good condition throughout its entire life span. 


It brings to bear too that the average life expectancy of sprinkler systems must also be known. This will prepare users in the case of any eventuality; it will also guide towards necessary maintenance and scheduled upgrades or overhaul. 


A lot of irrigation users can’t answer the question of how long they expect their sprinkler system to last without stalling a bit. It is not much of their fault though; sprinkler systems life spans is not a one-way street; it could be shorter or longer than the estimate. This is dependent on a few factors; the factors will usually include the following; 


Quality of the irrigation water

The irrigation water plays a massive role in the average life expectancy of not only your sprinkler system but your entire irrigation setup. With a hard water source, you might be looking at changing a whole lot of components periodically. With the right water supply, you will find that your sprinkler system components last even longer.


The landscape

The lay of the land and the entire feel of the area you are irrigating also plays a role in how long your irrigation and sprinkler system will last. With an area where the slope is gentle and kind, the probability of components getting loosed due to soil movement activities is very minimal. 


The skill of the workmen

Those who fit your irrigation systems also play a role in how long it will last. With workers that have the right skill set, the right attitude and the necessary motivation, you can be sure that the system in place will be well installed. Conversely, workers with no or low experience will fix the sprinkler system shabbily, and it will not even last up to the expected period. 


The quality of the component

Several components make up the sprinkler system, the quality of each of the individual component will affect the overall life expectancy and span of usage of the entire sprinkler system. This is why you must purchase the highest quality components possible for your sprinkler system. In the end, you are the one who will get to use it.



Other factors are not accounted for; the factors, however, affect the lifespan of the sprinkler systems. These includes but is not limited to the activities of rodents, proximity to growing trees, vandalism, quality of previous repairs and such other factors. 


Having examined the factors that can affect the life span or expectancy of the sprinkler system, we can they proceed to give an estimate of the life span of a typical sprinkler system in the Tampa Bay area. 

Here is a rundown of the different components of the sprinkler system and how long each is expected to last: 

  • Sprinkler System – 20 years
  • Good quality heads – Between 10 to 15 years
  • Heads – 3 or 4 years
  • Nozzles – Replace after two years depending on water quality and climate
  • Pipes – Up to 40 years

The pipes are the most durable component of a sprinkler system and will last the longest as they are being shielded from direct sun damage and other external factors being underground. The only factor that can affect pipes is vandalism and perhaps, a heightened rodent activity. 

  • Wires – replace regularly.

One of the components that you may need to replace periodically is the wires, often due to corrosion.

  • Valves – Between 10 to 15 years of service
  • Controllers – Between 5 to 10 years.


At ACS Irrigation, you can be sure that the skillset of our workmen will give you a long-lasting sprinkler system. Reach out today, and we are never in doubt.