Sprinkler System FAQ’s

March 26, 2012 by  

rainbird 300x233 Sprinkler System FAQ’sWhen you’re in the business as long as NEI you hear a lot of the same questions. We thought they may help you learn what you need to know to make an informed decision. If you have a question we don’t address please send us an e-mail to info@NEIrrigation.com.

Q. Will an automatic sprinkler system water as well as I can water by hand?
A. It will do a much better job because the system waters automatically – placing exactly the right amount of water on individual lawn and garden areas. It never gets too busy to water properly, and it never forgets to turn off the water at the appropriate time.

Q. Will having a sprinkler system really save time?
A. Yes, having an automatic sprinkler system means never having to spend another minute of your valuable time watering the lawn or flowers. Your new system will do all of the watering for you – even when you’re away from home. You’ll be able to just forget about watering and spend your free time doing the things you really like to do.

Q. We generally get about 50 inches of rainfall a year. Do we really need a sprinkler system with that much rain?
A. If it rained at your house every three days – the same exact amount each time – you probably wouldn’t need a sprinkler system. But nature doesn’t work that way, and the only way to ensure healthy, lush growth is to make certain your lawn and plants receive a regularly timed, 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 water.

Q. Can an automatic sprinkler system be installed in New England? Won’t the pipes freeze in winter?
A. A sprinkler system can be installed anywhere, in any climate. The key is maintenance and ensuring the system is properly winterized, preventing any freeze damage.

Q. Can I still have an underground sprinkler system installed if I have an existing landscape/lawn? Won’t you damage my yard?
A. A minimal amount of disturbance to your landscape will occur during installation. Our specialized machinery installs pipe without digging a trench. Also our crews are experienced at restoring your landscape to its original condition.

Q. Can my sprinkler system water separate areas on individual schedules?
A. The sprinkler system will be set up on different zones. There can be different zones for the lawn, shrubs and flowers. Each of these zones can have a different time schedule for watering.

Automatic sprinkler valves 300x225 Sprinkler System FAQ’sQ. How do I know what type of system is best for me?
A. It’s always best to work with a professional irrigation contractor. We are knowledgeable about such factors as water source and pressure, soil type, planting materials and weather conditions, all of which must be considered in determining the products needed for your system. Remember, an irrigation system should be customized to meet specific requirements because every landscaping situation is different.

Q. Why is it important to hire a professional irrigation designer?
A. New England Irrigation will design and install the most cost-effective and energy-efficient system possible. You can be certain that we will select the appropriate equipment for the job, while streamlining the maintenance required to keep your landscaping in top shape.We 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 if familiar with local plumbing and electrical codes, you won’t have to worry about costly mistakes in wiring or pipe installation. We can do the job faster, with less disruption to existing landscaping, and will guarantee our work.

Q. What is a rain shut-off?
A. A rain shut-off is a device that will interrupt the program on the clock during a rain shower. It will automatically reset when it is dry therefore avoiding water waste.

Q. Will the system be too complicated for me to operate?
A. Sprinkler systems are very easy to operate. New England Irrigation will set the system’s controller with your individual water schedule. Then all you have to do is sit back and let the system do all the work. And, the watering schedule easily can be changed if necessary by just following the easy instruction on the inside of the controlled cabinet. Your contractor will work with you to explain the system’s operation.

Q. How much will a good system cost?
A. The price of a system will vary depending upon labor costs and other factors such as property size, type of landscaping and special designs. But you can count on a New England Irrigation contractor to design and recommend the right system for you at the lowest possible cost.

Q. Do you need a bid for a sprinkler system?
A. Founded in 1966, New England Irrigation has focused on commercial and residential irrigation construction, many times as a subcontractor to general contractors, developers and landscape contractors. We are primarily a design/build firm capable of turn-key service in the specialty field of landscape irrigation. Our firm is also experienced in commercial bidding, with an exceptional track record for competitive pricing and timely completion of projects. NEI has the ability to compete in both open and union shop work. We are proud members of the Laborers International Union Local 1285. NEI is woman-owned.

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