Irrigation FAQ

The Advantages of Owning an Automatic Sprinkler System

Many people say convenience is the biggest advantage to an automatic system since they don’t have to spend their time watering by hand or moving the hose around the yard. Others say extended plant life and lower water usage are the most important benefits. Still others believe a sprinkler system is one of the best investments that they can make in their home, since a home’s appearance is a key factor in determining market value. And guess what — they are all right!

No. — In fact, an automatic sprinkler system will conserve water. You will never have to worry about runoff
from overwatering or about wasting water if you forget to turn off the hose. Plus, with a rain sensor your
system will know when it is raining and simply turn itself off when water is not needed.
Yes. — You won’t have to spend another minute of your valuable leisure time watering the lawn. Your new
system will do all the watering for you – even when you are away from home!
An automatic sprinkler system will do a much better job, because a professionally designed system
delivers exactly the right amount of water to specific lawn and garden areas.
If it rained at your house every three days — the same exact amount each time — you probably would not
need a sprinkler system. But nature doesn’t work that way, and the only way to ensure healthy, lush yard is
to make certain that your lawn and plants receive a regularly timed and evenly measured amount of water.
In the dry season when there is little or no rain, your yard can suffer damage after just a few days without
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), valves (which open and close to release and stop
the flow of water to underground pipes) and sprinklers (which distribute water to specific areas).
It is always best to work with a professional irrigation contractor who is knowledgeable about factors such
as water source and pressure, soil type, planting materials, and weather conditions. A professional will take
all of this into consideration when designing a system specific to the needs of your landscape.
No! In fact, it could cost you more money in the long run. A professional irrigation contractor will design
and install the most cost-effective and energy-efficient system possible. You can be confident that he or she
will use the best equipment for the job and effectively schedule any maintenance required to keep your
landscape in top shape.

He will pay special attention to important factors such as sprinkler patterns (it is important to overlap the
patterns so that the outer edges receive sufficient water for healthy growth) and backflow prevention (which
is necessary to protect your drinking water). Because your contractor is familiar with local plumbing and
electrical codes, you won’t have to worry about costly pipe installation or wiring mistakes. He can do the job
faster — with less disruption to your existing landscape — and will
guarantee his work.

Your contractor will help you select the best controller for your
needs, and he will program it with your customized watering
schedule. Your contractor 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.
The price of a system depends upon many factors such as
property size, type of landscaping, and special designs. But you can
count on your professional irrigation contractor to design a costeffective
system comprised of quality products.

Like most people, you probably have many questions that you would like to ask before finalizing your
decision to purchase an automatic sprinkler system. This information should provide many answers for you,
but please do not hesitate to ask your irrigation contractor any additional questions that you may have.

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