Q - Will an automatic sprinkler system use more water than I’m currently using?
A - No. In fact, it will conserve water. You’ll never have to worry about runoff from overwatering or wasting water when you forget to turn off the hose. And, with a moisture sensor your system will know when it is raining and simply shut itself off when water is not needed.
Q - Does having a sprinkler system really save time?
A - Yes. You won’t have to spend another minute of your leisure time watering your lawn, gardens or trees. Your new system will do all the watering, even when you’re away from home.
Q - Will an automatic sprinkler system water as well as I can by hand?
A - It will do a much better job because a professionally designed system will deliver exactly the right amount of water to individual lawn and garden areas.
Q - Are there different systems from which to choose?
A - Although every system should be tailored to meet individual needs, a typical system will be 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 actually distribute the water to a given area)
Q - How do I know what type of system is best for me?
A- It’s always best to work with a professional irrigation contractor who is knowledgeable about such factors as water source and pressure, soil type, planting materials and weather conditions. He will take all of this into consideration in designing a system specific to the needs of your landscape.
Q - Can I save money by installing my own system?
A - 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 certain they will select the appropriate equipment for the job, while streamlining the maintenance required to keep your landscaping in top shape. They will pay special attention to such important factors 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 supply). And because your contractor is familiar with local plumbing and electrical codes, you won’t have to worry about costly mistakes in wiring or pipe installation. They can do the job faster, with less disruption to existing landscape, and will guarantee their work.
Q - Will I have difficult operating this system?
A - Your contractor will help you select the best controller (the brains of the system) for your needs, and he will set it with your individual watering schedule. Your contractor also will work with you to explain the system’s operation. Then, if necessary, you can easily change the watering schedule by just following the easy instructions on the inside of the controller cabinet.
Q - How much will a good system cost?
A - The price of a system will vary depending upon many factors such as property size, type of landscaping, hard surface barriers, the amount of customization, etc. You can count on your irrigation contractor to design a cost-effective system comprised of quality products.