What happens to my sprinkler controller if there’s a power outage?

The system’s battery will still hold the power and programming instructions.  If the power outage occurs while the sprinkler system is running, you will experience an interruption in the sprinkler function until the power is restored.

What should I do if one of the sprinkler heads breaks?

Locate the particular zone that the head is located in.  Turn the timer to 0 minutes.  Please call us to evaluate.  Some irrigation system problems are easily fixed, but they must be identified in order to be repaired.

What should I do if the sprinklers are on, but the controller is off?

Simply turn off the valve that connects to your sprinkling system and call us to evaluate.  This type of issue can be rather complex, with many different variables at play.  Therefore, we believe one of our service technicians would be best equipped to handle it for you.

What should I do if I’ve turned the controller on, but no water comes out?

There are a few things you can do to determine what the problem is.  First, you should check the valve that is connected to your sprinkling system and make sure it is open.  Secondly, you should check the valves on the vacuum breaker to make sure they are open as well.  Lastly, you should check that the controller is on and has power going to it.  If you’ve done all of these things and you’re still having trouble, please give us a call.

How do I go about selecting a quality contractor?

A few basic things to take note of when hiring a new contractor are:  Is the contractor properly licensed and do they have insurance? Does the contractor have any credentials or references?  Does the contractor belong to the National Irrigation Association, and abide by their standards? What services does the estimate include?  What are the warranties on the individual system components, and system design performance?

These are just a few of the questions to ask when selecting a contractor.

Do I need to install a vacuum breaker if I opt for a residential sprinkling system at home?

Yes.  Standard code requires that a vacuum breaker be installed on all sprinkling systems.

Can I connect a spray head and a rotor head in the same zone?

No.  Spray heads spray water in specific circular patterns and can be changed at your discretion.  Rotor heads also disperse water in a circular pattern.  However, these are used to cover larger areas of uninterrupted space.  Therefore, if a spray head was placed in a rotor zone, the area near the spray head would get very wet.  In contrast, if a rotor head were placed in a spray zone the area around the rotor head would be very dry.

When is the best time of day to water my grass?

We recommend that you water early in the morning, so that the cycle will be completed by breakfast time.  We only recommend watering a second time during the day if conditions are extremely hot, or if you’re watering an area that has many steep slopes.

How should I water the lawn after hydro seeding?

One thing is for sure; you should always follow your hydro seeder’s instruction.  If this isn’t possible, we recommend watering lightly 2-3 times per day.  This means you should water until you see small puddles forming, and stop.  The goal is to allow the puddles to seep into the ground and then stop.  One thing you do not want to see is standing water.