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Irrigation FAQ

This FAQ addresses many common questions about sprinkler/irrigation systems. Please contact us for specific questions, we will be glad to help.

What is involved in turning on the sprinklers for the season?

The basic process typically consists of:

  1. Safely reintroducing water to the system
  2. Hunter Irrigation Head
  3. Checking plumbing connections or pump for hydraulic leaks
  4. Checking electrical connections to timer and pump (if applicable)
  5. Checking each valve to make sure it opens and closes
  6. Performing a walk-through of the system to visually inspect each zone for breaks, leaks, and other problems
  7. Making adjustments to sprinkler heads as needed
    1. Arc settings
    2. Radius adjustment'
    3. Clean clogged nozzle
    4. Check seals on sprinkler heads
    5. Checking rain sensor for function ( if applicable)
  8. Programming the controller Setting run times , start times, days to water based upon unique conditions on site.
  9. Review settings with owner if necessary

Is there any annual maintenance needed for a sprinkler system?

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:

  1. Safely terminate the supply of water to the sprinkler system.
  2. Connect a large volume air compressor to the system and blow out the waterlines zone by zone using the controller.
  3. Open any manual faucets or valves not operated by the controller.
  4. Turn off the sprinkler controller for the season.
  5. Drain any remaining water that may lay in lines not connected to with the compressor.
  6. If pump or lake system remove pump from water source and store in a warm dry place for the season.

Will the installation of sprinklers hurt my yard?

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.

Will my sprinklers still run when it is raining?

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.

When is the best time to water?

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.

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