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Life Expectancy of a Sprinkler System

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Life Expectancy of a Sprinkler System

life expectancy of a sprinkler system

The life expectancy of a sprinkler system can vary depending on a few factors. Several components, working together, create an irrigation system. Therefore, ensuring that your sprinkler system is in tip-top shape will help your yard looks its best all year long.

Life Expectancy of Component Pieces

As an average only, we’ve compiled a list of component parts and their life expectancy in a sprinkler system:

  • Sprinkler System: 20 years
  • Sprinkler Heads
    • Good Quality: 10 – 15 years
    • Poor Quality: 2 – 3 years
  • (Smart) Controllers: 5 – 10 years
  • Wiring: Best when replaced regularly
  • Pipes: Can last up to 40 years

Wiring should be inspected regularly for corrosion. This is the most frequent reason for regular replacement.

Piping shielded from the elements will last upwards of 30 to 40 years.

As you can see, there are several factors that will impact the life expectancy of your sprinkler system. We can help you keep them managed and properly maintained.

Irrigation System Damage

Sometimes, mitigating factors can impact the timelines noted above. For instance, a system can fail due to factors outside your control. Damage to the system can be the result of several different factors. For example, it can be damaged due to root growth or rodent activity. In addition, systems can fail because of the overall age of the system, or how it was originally installed.

Similarly, a new irrigation system may also need repairs. This is true when gluing or priming a pipe fitting incorrectly. In addition, if wires are not spliced correctly, it will also create unwanted issues.

Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance will play a role in the life expectancy of your system. Our technicians are trained to identify trouble spots and repair them. Often, maintaining your system is less expensive than repairing it.

Use our contact page to schedule a visit and have your system evaluated. Our site also provides an easy to understand rate sheet for your convenience.


For additional information about the life expectancy of a sprinkler system, or irrigation systems in general, please contact Sentry Irrigation at (843) 478-9452 or


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