Will an automatic sprinkler system use more water than I am currently using?
No. In fact, an automatic sprinkler system can conserve water (A great idea considering our limited water resources plus lower water bills!). You will never have to worry about runoff from over-watering if you forget to turn off the hose or about wasted water irrigating your driveway or sidewalk. Plus, with a rain sensor (standard issue with all our systems) your system will know when it is raining and simply turn itself off when water is not needed. Sprinklers that apply water evenly can save up to 30% in water usage.
Will an automatic sprinkler system water as well as I do when I water by hand?
An automatic sprinkler system will actually do a better job. A properly designed automatic sprinkler system will deliver exactly the right amount of water to specific lawn and garden areas.
Are there different sprinkler systems from which to choose?
Although every system should be tailored to meet one's individual needs, a typical system is comprised of a controller (which functions as the brains of the system), solenoid valves (which open and close to release and stop the flow of water to underground pipes) and sprinklers (which distribute water to specific areas). These are the standard components to every system; however within each category of components there are different features. For example, a rotor-type head is typically equipped with a filter to screen out dirt and debris, but not all come with a check valve or a stainless steel riser, and not all solenoid valves have an internal bleed port or flow control features. We will provide expert insight and recommend exactly what your landscape requirements demand.
How do I know what type of sprinkler system is best for me?
It is always best to work with a professional irrigation contractor who is knowledgeable about factors such as water source and pressure (hydraulics), soil type, planting materials, and weather conditions. We will take all of this into consideration when designing a system specific to your needs.
How long does a typical installation take?
While no two installation jobs are the same, the time needed to install a typical residential irrigation system is approximately one to two days. This depends largely on the plantings, soil and site conditions, hardscapes and the overall size of the property. If your landscape warrants the use of our machines, it can reduce the length of time required to install the piping network.
How difficult is it to operate an automatic irrigation system?
It is not difficult at all. We will help you select the best controller for your needs, and program it with your customized watering schedule. We will also explain the system's operation to you. Then, if necessary, you will be able to easily change the watering schedule by simply following the easy instructions on the inside of the controller cabinet. We are also always available for any assistance you may need.