How much does an irrigation system cost?
Prices vary as every property layout is different. We tell any prospective customer to carefully compare all estimates they receive. Make sure of what you are getting, i.e. what brand (Rain Bird, Toro, Hunter), the number of sprinkler heads, the warranty, etc. Some companies reduce the number of sprinkler heads in their estimate to lower the price. We don’t do that. We are in the business of providing the best water coverage possible to avoid dry, dead spots.
Can I expand my system in the future?
Yes. If a customer expresses a desire from the onset to add to the system at a later date, we can pull more wire during the installation and order a controller large enough to accommodate future zones.
Will my property be disrupted?
Where the pipe lines are trenched there will be some disruption. We use a vibratory plow to pull the pipe underground. However, after a few weeks of using the system, the lines fade away into flourishing green turf.
What materials are used in an irrigation system?
A controller which allows you to program the days/times you want the system to run, valves which open and close to release and stop the flow of water to the underground pipes, a rain sensor, and, of course, the sprinkler heads which pop up and distribute water throughout the property, one zone at a time.
Will the irrigation system use more water versus a watering by garden hose?
No. The irrigation system will probably save on your water usage. If a system is correctly designed, it will only use the amount of water set on the controller, i.e. for the days and length of time that is appropriate for your landscape. By watering with a garden hose you run the risk of overwatering and if you use a lone sprinkler you may forget to turn it off or leave it running in one area too long.
How is the irrigation system maintained?
You should see a technician at least twice a year. Once in the spring to start-up and test the system, setting the heads and making sure there are no leaks and again in the fall to winterize the system, making sure the lines are clear of water to avoid freezing and cracked pipes.