This FAQ addresses many common questions about sprinkler/irrigation systems. Please contact us for specific questions, we will be glad to help.
The basic process typically consists of:
Yes, each sprinkler system must be winterized at the end of the season in New England. The extreme temperatures require that the system be drained and remain dormant throughout the winter to keep from freezing and breaking. The basic process consists of:
Today's installation technique plows the pipe into the ground using a large knife and vibrator leaving a small seam of penetration. A week later you can hardly tell where we have been.
Each sprinkler head is then attached to the pipe by removing the sod from an area digging up the ground beneath it then replacing that sod in a neat and efficient manner for the area worked in. The old style of trenching a yard 4" wide is not commonly done anymore.
Today's sprinkler systems should all be equipped with a rain sensor device that suspends watering during and after a period of rainy weather. These devices can and should be added to older systems to help maximize water conservation. Nothing looks worse than to see sprinkler heads watering in the rain.
Usually early morning is the best time before the sun has even risen. There is less wind drift. The demand for water throughout the home and city is less, therefore water pressure is higher allowing for better sprinkler head coverage.
Also early morning there is less evaporation, allowing the water to soak in and be stored in the plants root system. Automatic sprinkler systems can accomplish this task without even disturbing you or your busy day.