I live in Florida - it rains here all the time. Do we really need a sprinkler system?
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 plants can suffer stress and damage after just a few days without water.
What are the components of a sprinkler system?
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). The sprinkler system can be customized further with rain shut off devices, soil moisture sensors and drip irrigation zones.
Can I save money by installing my own system?
It depends. Remember, product cost is only one part of an efficient irrigation system. Many people choose to hire an experienced professional irrigation contractor who will bring years of experience designing and installing the most cost-effective and efficient irrigation systems. Contractors have also invested heavily in specialized installation equipment to help speed up the job and many have gone through detailed training courses and certifications.
I have decided to hire a contractor to install the system, how do I choose the right one?
- 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 recent 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 contractor based on their service, design plan and ability to install the system properly.
What type of maintenance does a sprinkler system require?
Basic maintenance is essential to ensure the effective operation of your system. Irritek Sprinkler Solutions offers recurring Maintenance Plans to accommodate these needs. This program allows us to identify issues that sometimes occur naturally over time (i.e. Broken Sprinkler heads from mowers, broken/clogged nozzles, etc). It also allows us to make important adjustments to your watering schedules to accommodate the hot summer months as well as the cooler winter months. Proper watering schedules in the hot summer months are critical to the long-term health of your lawn and plants. Contact us to Learn more about Irritek Sprinkler Solutions Contract Maintenance plans
General Irrigation Questions
Is there a way to prevent my system from running after a recent rain?
Most systems are capable of utilizing a rainfall sensor. This device senses rainfall, and will automatically shut down the system when significant rainfall occurs. Ask us if your existing system is capable of this upgrade. If you're existing system is outdated and not capable of this technology, allow us to provide you with an estimate for the upgrade.
How often should my system run?
County Ordinances change frequently restricting watering days/times. In addition to the restrictions - Each lawn has different sun and soil conditions, therefore, requiring varying amounts of water. It is better to water deep and infrequently rather than lightly every day. Other factors include the type of sprinklers used, direct sun, shade, soil conditions, slope, and temperature. Generally its best to water as much at once as possible without creating run-off, then waiting as long as possible before watering again. Using this watering method creates a deep-root system for a healthier lawn.