Frequently Asked Questions
Does having a sprinkler system really save me time?
Yes. You won't have to spend another minute of your valuable time watering the lawn. Your new system will do all the watering for you - even when you are away from home!
Will an automatic sprinkler system water as well as I do when I water by hand?
An automatic sprinkler system will do a more efficient job because it will be designed based on your landscape’s diverse watering needs, using specific products designed to water grass, trees, shrubs or garden plants.
We generally get rainfall during the year. 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 a 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.
do you install backflow preventers?
Yes, it's state law.
Do you install rain sensors?
Yep, you don't want to water the grass when it's just rained.
Can a system be installed if I have a well?
Yes. Before a system is installed on a well information needs to be collected. If a well report can be found this will help. Sometimes this information will be recorded at the town’s Health Department. Along with this a flow test needs to be performed at a constant pressure. If the well pump product is a variable speed pump or “VFD” this will be easy to calculate as it will let the contractor know what the well pump delivers. It is very important not to use more water than the well can deliver. With this information most any property big or small can run on a well.
What are the components of an automatic sprinklers system?
A typical system is comprised of a controller (the brains of the system), a weather station (shuts the system off when watering is not needed), a backflow preventer (prevents potential contaminated water back into the potable water supply), valves to open and close (release and stop) the flow of water to underground pipes, and sprinklers which distribute water to specific areas.
Do you have a full-time service technician?
Yes, we have seven full-time employees dedicated to providing outstanding service. We believe having a full-time service technician is essential to providing outstanding customer service. This is something many companies can’t offer you and you will see a dramatic difference in the quality of service because of it.
Lawn sprinkler systems experience rigorous wear and tear. They are exposed to the natural elements including heavy rainfalls, extreme heat, freezing cold, etc. In addition, the landscaping plans of most customers change over time so it’s important to choose a company that documents the layout of your system so they can send the service technician with the right supplies and tools to properly alter your system as your landscaping changes require. Providing outstanding customer service is our commitment to you.
Does the irrigation contractor have all necessary licenses to install an automatic sprinkler system? Will they secure permits?
It’s not your job to know every license required in every township, but you should always make sure your irrigation contractor knows them all and, even more importantly, has them. More and more towns now require permits for all types of landscaping work, including automatic sprinkler systems. Some towns also require that a licensed New York state plumber does all of the indoor plumbing and hooks up the backflow preventer.