Q: How do I find the BEST contractor?
Here are some tips that will help you select the right contractor for the job.
- Before a contractor can present you with a bid, they must do their homework. This includes coming to your property, meeting with you face-to-face, surveying and sketching out the property, locating the water source, taking a read of the water pressure and finally, understanding your needs and what you want to accomplish.
- Experience does count – make sure you are comfortable with the experience level of the contractor. If you are not sure, the best reference is a current customer.
- It's not all about price – often times, we use price as the only deciding factor. Contractors who have a significantly lower price than their competition have to cut corners in order reduce their costs. This could mean leaving out a backflow preventer, not using the proper installation techniques or even, not completing the work. Make sure you have selected a CERTIFIED CONTRACTOR based on their service, design plan and ability to install the system properly.
Q: How much does an Irrigation system cost?
The cost of an irrigation system varies greatly depending on the
- the shape and size of the property
- the water pressure and volume
- the type of landscaping being watered (lawn, flower beds, vegetable gardens, etc.)
The only way for us to give an accurate estimate is to come to your property and walk through with you to look at your watering needs. Call us today for a complimentary estimate.
Q: How long will it take to Install?
Most installations can be completed within one (1) day.
Q: Does an Irrigation system save water?
Yes, A well designed, efficient irrigation system will only apply the amount of water that is needed by your landscape. You will never have to worry about wasting water by over watering with a hose. With a rain sensor (required by our state) your system will know when it's raining and simply turn itself off when water is not needed. There is also a number of water saving components that can be added to your new or existing Irrigation system.
Q: Will installing an Irrigation system damage my yard and landscape?
With our properly trained staff and the right equipment, there is little to no damage to existing landscaping.
We own and maintain all of our equipment and machinery. We use a vibratory plow for installing pipes underground. For installing pipes under driveways and walkways we use boring rods. All of these tools are minimally invasive and only cause a slight disturbance to existing landscaping.
Some areas will require manual excavation. Our technicians are specially trained to cut away grass or plantings before digging, and then replace them when done, leaving little trace of disruption.
Within a week or two, your lawn will be healed and more beautiful than ever!
Q: What if I have a well or live on a Lake?
That's a great question. If your property has a well system, the Irrigation System will further control your water use.
If you live on a lake, It is another great way to conserve water. We can install a pump into the lake and pull the water from there if the Lake Association allows it. (We offer many different styles of pumps and we can discuss the best option for you when we come and do the estimate.)
Q: What if my landscape changes?
Alterations should be done on a sprinkler system when...
- changes or alterations are made to the landscaping
- the house is extended
- a new patio or deck is installed
- an existing patio or deck is altered
- a pool is added or removed
- a shed is added, removed, or relocated
- a garage is added or removed
We provide a professional alteration service and can make any changes a sprinkler system may require.
Q: Why won't my system turn on?
There could be a number of reasons that your system won't run.
- The most common reason your sprinklers are not watering is because the rain sensor is active. Do you have a rain sensor on your sprinkler system? If so, bypass the sensor. It may need to be replaced.
- Check your programming in the controller. Specifically Watering Start Times and Water Days.
- Is the water on? Check your shut off valve in the house at the backflow. Both should be open.
If these three steps do not fix the problem, call us to schedule a service tech to come out to your house to diagnose the problem and make the repairs necessary to keep your systems running efficient for years to come.
Q: I hear water running through the pipes but no sprinklers are on.
In this situation, it is possible there may be a leak in your system. Leaks are not always visible and could be underground. Close the irrigation main valve and contact us immediately as to not waste any water.
Q; Why is my lawn soggy, soft or muddy?
At times you may notice that sections of your property are soft, squishy, soggy, or over saturated. In these situations there is either improper coverage, over watering, or a leak.
Our service technicians are trained to locate and repair any leaks that might be present, and to adjust the amount of water a landscape item receives to ensure optimal watering for your entire property.
Q: Why is my lawn dry, dying, and/or brown?
At times you may notice that sections of your property are hard, cracked, or dry. In these situations there is either improper coverage, under watering, a leak causing non pressurization to that zone, a broken sprinkler head, a malfunctioning electrical valve, a malfunctioning rain sensor, or an electrical issue.
Q: why won't my sprinkler system shut off?
At times you may notice that your sprinkler system is watering and will not stop! This situation is caused by an electrical valve being stuck in the open position. This valve must be replaced! Cleaning or clearing the valve may get the valve to close, but will only be a temporarily solution.
Our technicians are capable of identifying faulty valves and replacing them.
Q: Why is my system watering and it's raining out?
At times you may notice that it is pouring rain outside and your sprinkler system is still watering!
- The MOST common reason is because the sensor has not reached enough rain to activate.
- It may be that the rain sensor switch is in the "Bypass or Off" position.
- You may also have a faulty rain sensor that needs to be replaced
Q: Why is my water bill so high?
While it is common to notice a slight jump in your water bill during the season where your irrigation system is watering, if the water bill is unusually high, there may be a problem area that requires attention. Problem areas could include:
- Leaks which may or may not be visible
- Broken lines or heads
- A valve that is stuck open (weeping)
- An improperly programmed or glitching timer
- A malfunctioning rain sensor
If you suspect one of these problems may be occurring with your sprinkler system. We will send out one of our technicians to inspect the system and make any needed repairs.